I found out I will be writing about once per month for the Journal Sentinel. There will be 25 Community Columnists and one of them is published on the editorial page every day except Sunday. We are to write mainly about state and local issues with the occasional national and international piece thrown in.
I’m not sure if we pick our own subjects or if there are guidelines on that yet, but I am really excited. I will be paid “a pittance,” $25 per column, although I would happily do it for free. I have to go in later this week to get a head shot taken and my biggest fear is probably to look really bad for the photo. Later on when I am home I will post the articles I submitted on a separate page that will be on the links column under Pages. To be honest, they aren’t my best work, but since some of you requested, I will post them for a while.
O. Ricardo Pimentel (I love that name!), Editorial Page Editor for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, told me that among the 140 submissions received, there was a high level of competition and my submissions fared very well. Albeit, I do have a journalism degree and wrote columns at once or twice per week for a year at the Daily Cardinal, so it’s not quite fair, but I was still pleased. He said they look forward to working with me. As do I with them.
Changing the subject, I read a column by Maureen Dowd today that aptly stated my dislike for George W. Bush. I don’t think she’s especially mean or caustic here, but I think what she states is so true of Bush’s aggravating ability to never waver from the things he says, good, bad, right, wrong or ridiculous. Re: the Middle East conflicts in Iraq and Lebanon, from the New York Times, from July 26, 2006, “The Immutable Bush.”
“The more things get complicated, the more W. feels vindicated in his own simplified vision. The more people try to tell him that it’s not easy, that this is a region of shifting alliances and interests, the less he seems inclined to develop an adroit policy to win people over to our side instead of trying to annihilate them.
Bill Clinton, the Mutable Man par excellence, evolved four times a day; he had a tactical and even recreational attitude toward personal change. But W. prides himself on his changelessness and regards his immutability as the surest sign of his virtue. Facing a map on fire, he sees any inkling of change as the slippery slope to failure.
That’s what’s so frustrating about watching him deal — or not deal — with Iraq and Lebanon. There’s almost nothing to watch.
It’s not even like watching paint dry, since that, too, is a passage from one state to another. It’s like watching dry paint.”
Amen Ms. Dowd.