He thought the readers could use a break from the election craziness and so sent a lighthearted letter to his suburban paper tendering an opinion on yoga pants.
So what was it they were trying to kill?
If Beltway insiders and other East Coast elites ever wondered why so many Americans prefer Donald Trump to Hillary Clinton, all they need do is watch a rerun of Thursday night's 71st annual Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner.
Pressed by moderator Chris Wallace as to whether he would accept defeat should Hillary Clinton win the election, Donald Trump replied, "I will tell you at the time. I'll keep you in suspense."
I've dismissed talk of Hillary Clinton's "secrecy problem" as mere babble in an election year. I thought, for example, that Clinton had no obligation to disclose her mild pneumonia, a temporary ailment she was over in a few days.
"Why's everybody always pickin' on me?" -- The Coasters from "Charlie Brown" Donald Trump has a victim mentality.
American democracy is meant to be messy, not ugly.
With the final presidential debate behind us, voters may be less committed to one or the other candidate than the numbers suggest.
Amanda Knox was innocent of the grisly murder for which she did time in an Italian jail.
There is no point denying or sugar-coating the plain fact that the voters this election year face a choice between two of the worst candidates in living memory.
"Remember, it's a rigged system. It's a rigged election," said Donald Trump in New Hampshire on Saturday.
Have people always engaged in gutter talk? Is it just that recording devices are everywhere? Or are politics and public discourse really becoming more and more polluted?
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