Back home after a three week absence and I eagerly open our familiar old newspaper. I see the printed apology, “The Harry Themal column printed Dec. 17 was the same published the previous week. This was an editor’s error.” (Harry Themal is a popular long-time columnist and would never make such a mistake.)
Even the editors don’t read their own newspaper anymore.
Next was a local commentary by “The Rev. Robert Stoddard and The Very Rev. William Lane.” What, I wonder, is the difference between a Reverend and a Very Reverend? Are there any other gradations, like an Extremely Reverend or, on the other end, Slightly Reverend? Do these gradations carry over to the afterlife?
A major article with lots of pictures was on two scruffy-looking guys in a magnificent new riverfront office of a company that gives advice to start-up companies. How did they get all this? By a $250,000 state grant. Now there’s a good piece of advice right there. “I’m excited by it,” says one of the scruffy co-founders, as well he should be.
Yes, it’s good to be home.