- Sam Pollak
- Saturday, October 17, 2009
What to do when nothing is good for your health
I’ve done some exhaustive research on the matter, and I’m afraid there’s nothing to be done other than to face the awful truth with a steely resolve.
- Saturday, July 25, 2009
The birth of a notion for ignorance
"Education is dangerous," said Hermann Goering, Adolf Hitler's second-in-command and head of the Luftwaffe. "Every educated person is a future enemy."
- Saturday, April 25, 2009
Torture is un-American as it gets
Didn't then-President George W. Bush say in a news conference on Nov. 7, 2005, "We do not torture"? Then why did we torture suspected terrorists _ some guilty and others innocent _ dozens and even hundreds of times?
- Saturday, January 10, 2009
Amid errors, committing to credibility
Sometimes, we screw up. Sure, everybody does, but not as obviously as a newspaper.
- Saturday, November 8, 2008
You can bet Sears will be controversial
The most frequent newspaper question I'm asked is why I ever asked Tom Sears to write a column in The Daily Star. Sears, a Hartwick College professor of accounting, regularly infuriates the more-liberal element of our readership with his ardent conservative prose.
- Saturday, September 27, 2008
A phone call that probably could happen
"Hello? Senator?" "Yes, who is this?" "Well, for right now, just call me Mr. Smith. Look, Senator, I need to talk to you about a bailout."
- Saturday, August 16, 2008
Moms, editors always knew what was best
The way it used to be, there were always two people who knew what was best for you. One was your mother. The other was the editor of whatever newspaper you happened to read.
- Saturday, June 14, 2008
Being picky about offers is no vice
Hello? Who is this? Barack Obama? Hey, like you had to say "Obama." How many Baracks do you think I know? Me? Oh, nothing much, Just sitting here watching the Yankees game when you called.
- Saturday, May 24, 2008
Gender war has winner in schools
A psychology professor named J. Philippe Rushton did a study in 2006 in which he came to the conclusion that men, by virtue of having larger brains, are smarter than women.
- Saturday, April 12, 2008
Blood on those cold, dead hands
As president of the National Rifle Association, actor Charlton Heston was fond of stating that the only way gun-control advocates would take away his weapons would be "from my cold, dead hands."
- Saturday, February 9, 2008
Seeing the errors of my ways
Hey, remember me? I'm the genius who predicted John Edwards would win the Democratic nomination. It says here that the Democratic Party nominee for president will be (kindly pause here for a drum roll) ... John Edwards.
- Thursday, September 27, 2007
Paid obits’ best feature is comfort
"The reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated." - Mark Twain, upon learning that his obituary had been published in the New York Journal.
- Monday, August 6, 2007
The public determines who’s good, bad in sports
Here’s a baseball trivia question almost guaranteed to get you beaten up in the barroom after you ask it. Who’s the only person to play for the Brooklyn Dodgers baseball team, the New York Rangers hockey team and the New York Knicks basketball team?
- Monday, July 30, 2007
Blame goes beyond Bush
On her way to work one morning
Down the path alongside the lake
A tenderhearted woman saw a poor half-frozen snake
His pretty colored skin had been all frosted with the dew
"Oh well," she cried, "I’ll take you in and I’ll take care of you"
"Take me in oh tender woman
Take me in, for heaven’s sake
Take me in oh tender woman," sighed the snake
- Saturday, June 23, 2007
Call of the wild can be mild
There are these two guys on separate TV networks who make a big deal out of finding ways to survive the most horrendous conditions nature can throw at them.
- Saturday, March 31, 2007
Passover memories resonate
"Why is this night different from all other nights?" That's a question that will be asked in millions of Jewish homes Monday night during a Passover seder _ or festive meal _ in which the story is told of the exodus of the Jews from bondage in Egypt.
- Saturday, March 10, 2007
'That's so gay' should never be OK
The kids file into the high school classroom with the usual talking, bickering and teasing. Inevitably, one student will loudly ridicule another.
- Saturday, January 6, 2007
Daily Star owns up to mistakes
Newspaper editors _ as all who know us would surely attest _ are the most affable and delightful members of the human race.