I'm developing an idea inspired by two thoughtful elected leaders in our country: Fargo City Commish Dave Piepkorn and our U.S. President. Two peas in a pod. I suspect that both Dave and Donald savor things I enjoy, a good fried or baked chicken or turkey breast, for instance. But, I have a sneaky feeling they don't really care for the wings, drumsticks...... or anything else dark-skinned. They appear worried silly about folks from certain countries and religions. And being worried silly inspires silly worry.
Every time I think nothing can surprise me, I'm surprised at how surprised I can be. Last week, we saw the launch of the new "ashes-to-go" activity as some folks in the river cities celebrated a traditional and symbolic Ash Wednesday Christian church service ritual by having a cross of ashes applied to their foreheads in preparation for Easter. That innovation was that ashes-to-go offered the ritual (heretofore confined within a house of worship) that eliminates the apparent nuisance of actually having to go to church to participate in this public act of faith.
After three decades at this newspaper, Editorial Page Editor Jack Zaleski holstered his weapon of choice: The Forum's editorial pen. And as every astute reader of The Forum's opinion pages knows, his aim was steady, reliable, sometimes aggravating, often brilliant, and forever hitting the target. For 28 of those 30 years, I've known Jack as my editor, mentor, spell-checker, lunch partner, political analyst, Scrabble opponent, fellow public radio and Bison football fan, and particularly cherished friend.