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Brenda Looper

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Assistant Voices Editor

Assistant Voices Editor

Recent Stories by Brenda Looper

Law of the letter

posted: 12/17/2014 2:54 a.m. Comment 1

Sometimes the mail brings hefty servings of word salad, but sometimes a bit of protein sneaks in.

The weight of words

posted: 12/10/2014 3:13 a.m. Comments 5

It always surprises and thrills me to see the reactions I get to my writings on words, both here and on my blog. After my last column on words and phrases that need to go away, some readers noted their own pet peeves.

Nitpicking a fight

posted: 12/03/2014 3:10 a.m. Discuss

For all the talk of conspiracies by the ever-paranoid, no one seems to pick up on this one: Election Day being so close to Thanksgiving and Christmas (as well as several other holidays) is a plot to make newspaper editors' heads explode, what with the onslaught of politics plus the usual holiday hyperbole and rigmarole.

Words to despise

posted: 11/26/2014 3:39 a.m. Comments 2

We're getting close to the time of year when Lake Superior State University in Michigan (among others) releases its annual banished-word list, but why should we wait? There are some words and phrases that deserve being put out to pasture far earlier, which should have happened to some before they even came into being.

This means war!

posted: 11/19/2014 1:58 a.m. Discuss

I said, war, huh

The parties of nyah

posted: 11/12/2014 3:01 a.m. Comment 1

One of the reasons I dislike politics was on proud display in the days following the election last week, and has necessitated my wearing sunglasses at all times lest my constantly rolling eyes frighten small children and tiny dogs.

Testing a theory

posted: 11/05/2014 3:15 a.m. Comments 5

That squeal of joy you might have heard last night about the time the polls closed? That was me, sorry.

Beefs on bias

posted: 10/29/2014 3:22 a.m. Discuss

It seems rather apropos to talk about scare tactics so close to Halloween. And that’s what a lot of claims of bias are—ploys to create fear and doubt.

Mythic proportions

posted: 10/22/2014 3:30 a.m. Comments 2

When I was in grade school, an illustrated book of Greek mythology in our tiny school library endlessly fascinated me. Its stories were a study in literary conflict and keeping readers hooked with the strength of story, no matter how outlandish it may seem.

Sound the alarmists

posted: 10/15/2014 3:19 a.m. Discuss

Politics, especially in an election year, remind me an awful lot of conspiracy theories. Full of dystopian visions and disinformation, many of the ads we're seeing now (even on our computers ... we just can't escape!) are hard for cynics like me to take seriously.


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