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Brenda Looper

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Assistant Voices Editor

Assistant Voices Editor

Recent Stories by Brenda Looper

OPINION: Sounds familiar ...

posted: 11/15/2017 2:57 a.m. Discuss

It's been hard lately to find much to laugh about, with tales of death and destruction sharing the stage with sexual misconduct.

OPINION: Who am I?

posted: 11/08/2017 2:51 a.m. Discuss

I often joke, like many others here, that I'm responsible only for what I write, not what you read. That's why I'm hardly ever shocked by emails and letters that claim I'm one thing or another when they're far from the truth. People see what they want to see.

OPINION: BRENDA LOOPER: Deflection afoot

posted: 11/01/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 4

Who's surprised about the Paul Manafort indictment? Probably not many. It sure seemed to be a no-brainer, especially considering that early morning raid on his condo over the summer. Far more interesting was the news that former foreign policy adviser to the Trump campaign George Papadopoulos had already pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI and is cooperating with the investigation.

OPINION — Editorial: Height of fright

posted: 10/25/2017 2:22 a.m. Discuss

Halloween is six days away, so it seems the perfect time to talk about some of the things that scare me. No, not blood-soaked movies (I much prefer suspense over gore, which has become a crutch for weak stories) or spiders and snakes (don't like 'em, but in most cases they're not that scary). What scares me might be a little surprising to some.

OPINION: No offense

posted: 10/18/2017 3:01 a.m. Comments 19

There is much in this world with which someone could take offense, such as sexual assault and abuse, war crimes, political officials abusing trust, and many other horrible things. But what do we do? We have hissy fits over kneeling for the national anthem. That's hardly world-shattering as either a protest (which is how it's intended) or insult.

OPINION: BRENDA LOOPER: Polls apart

posted: 10/11/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

I'm sure some people must think I spend the bulk of my time hanging out on Internet comment boards. I'll admit I spend more time checking them out than I should for the sake of my blood pressure, but it doesn't take long to get a read on what people are ticked off about.

OPINION: BRENDA LOOPER: Fakery run amok

posted: 10/04/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 6

It doesn't take long after a tragedy for rumors and hoaxes to make the rounds. After the mass shooting in Las Vegas over the weekend, trolls on 4chan and other forums quickly flooded the Internet with claims that a Trump-hating Arkansas man named Geary Danley was the gunman (he wasn't; I don't know if he hates the president); that the gunman was a recent convert to Islam named Samir al-Hajeed (the photo used was of Internet comedian Sam Hyde, and it wasn't the first time he'd been tapped as a "lone white gunman"); and that various people were missing but weren't or didn't exist (pictures of porn stars and murder suspects in other countries, among others, were used).

OPINION: BRENDA LOOPER: What's old is new

posted: 09/27/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 4

When it comes to the president and the many insults he assigns to those who displease him, I tend to ignore them since so many sound like they were hatched on the playground. However, when a retort to those insults both brings back an old, underused word and sends people en masse to the dictionary ... well, I have to admit that I was a little proud underneath all that chortling I was doing the other day.

OPINION: Fiction friction

posted: 09/20/2017 2:48 a.m. Comment 1

It's not often that I want to completely eradicate a word or phrase from the English language, mostly because I know that language evolves. Yes, there are words and phrases I don't like, but I live with them. I mean, c'mon ... I'm a word nerd.

OPINION: Not loath to loathe

posted: 09/13/2017 2:54 a.m. Discuss

When someone's writing drives you up the wall, what do you do? Do you read it anyway, cringing all the while, or do you decide it's just not worth your time and find something better to do?

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