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  • Slusher: Are you tired of being experienced? Oct 9, 2014 1:01 AM
    Columnist Jim Slusher: The driving experience? I accepted the Jimi Hendrix Experience. It was the ‘60s, for goodness sakes. But that was 45 years ago. Have we not moved on?

  • Slusher: How to use our endorsements Oct 2, 2014 10:45 AM
    Columnist Jim Slusher: On Sunday, the Daily Herald's Opinion page will begin conducting one of the newspaper's most important functions — participating in the democracy. We want you to join us. I'm not talking here about simply our role of promoting democracy or even facilitating it, though both are intrinsic objectives we have as a community resource. I'm talking about participating.

  • Slusher: Don’t believe every word, but consider them all Sep 25, 2014 1:01 AM
    Columnist Jim Slusher: Skeptical, not cynical. It’s a distinction we emphasize a lot around the Daily Herald newsroom. And it’s a pretty good axiom for you to keep in mind as the election campaign season descends.

  • Slusher: In memoriam, again, for brave journalists Sep 4, 2014 1:01 AM
    Columnist Jim Slusher: It appears we could be on the cusp of a horrific litany of wordless editorials for brave journalists whose only sin is their nationality and whose chief misfortune is that they seek to tell the stories of a dangerous part of the world with almost no means of self protection.

  • The secret story we can’t stop talking about Aug 14, 2014 1:01 AM
    Columnist Jim Slusher: My original theme for this column was going to be “The story we won’t tell about Robin Williams’ death.” But as I reflect, I realize the more accurate theme may be, “The story people won’t talk about despite Robin Williams’ death.”

  • Darth and taxes: Assumptions can be misleading Jul 31, 2014 9:25 AM
    Columnist Jim Slusher: Sometimes, assumptions are so embedded in our consciousness that not only do we take for granted their universal acceptance but we forget there could even be an alternative view.

  • Display pages keep art in the joy of newspaper reading Jul 17, 2014 10:38 AM
    Columnist Jim Slusher: What caught my attention was the headline for Wednesday's Food section: SIPPING AWAY ... SUMMER DAYS ... and the pleasant, break-a-few-rules design.

  • We’re always finding new ways for people who want to talk Jul 10, 2014 7:05 AM
    Columnist Jim Slusher: Back in the olden days when George Carlin was alive and people used email, Carlin had a joke I thought timely and profound. It went something like this: “I’ve finally discovered what email is for. It’s for people who don’t want to talk to each other.”

  • You’ll find much world-class talent when you go local Jun 26, 2014 7:48 AM
    Columnist Jim Slusher: We are all missing something important when we pay high prices for concert or show tickets or focus our attention on television entertainers. We can be equally impressed and delighted by suburban performers right under our noses.

  • The useful distinction between analysis, opinion Jun 19, 2014 1:01 AM
    Columnist Jim Slusher: Is there a difference between analysis and opinion? Yes, there is, and it’s an important distinction for news consumers to think about.

  • Simple blotter reporting is full of complexities Jun 12, 2014 9:09 AM
    Columnist Jim Slusher: Our top editors began a conversation this week that is likely to continue for a long time to come. And it’s one in which you may have a direct interest and, ultimately, some desire to influence.

  • Discretion is the better part of reporting on shocking crime Jun 5, 2014 1:01 AM
    Columnist Jim Slusher: There are exceptions to every rule, but in general, our attitude toward sensitive stories with the potential for a long-lasting impact on innocent or vulnerable individuals is to err on the side of the individuals.

  • Democracy, dialogue and a place for tolerance May 29, 2014 1:01 AM
    Columnist Jim Slusher: How, I wonder, do we call ourselves patriots if we do not tolerate, perhaps to some extent invite the contrary ideas of others?

  • We seek action; we start with conversation May 15, 2014 1:01 AM
    Columnist Jim Slusher: There is not much we at the Daily Herald value more than conversation. Well, action, certainly, but we’re also confident that the right actions almost always start with conversations.

  • Dealing with scandalous behavior before it becomes a scandal May 1, 2014 12:49 PM
    Columnist Jim Slusher: Much of the appeal of the Donald Sterling story comes from a natural human desire to see wrongs righted. but there's also something more.

  • Always something different for newspapers to focus on Apr 24, 2014 9:41 AM
    Columnist Jim Slushser: Same o’, same o’? I don’t think so: Say what you will about daily news coverage, it is not monotonous. Reading the newspaper is a different experience every day.

  • Going up: The need for honest analysis of issues Apr 17, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Jim Slusher: One of the functions of the Daily Herald Editorial Board is to host representatives of a wide range of special interests for background about public policy questions. These meetings are invaluable for providing facts and arguments that go into the formation of our editorial positions. But they have a troubling side.

  • Adding a new comic strip is serious business Apr 10, 2014 1:01 AM
    Columnist Jim Slusher: In the fuller pursuit of a newspaper’s mission to delight and to instruct, you might be surprised to find that one of the most treacherous assignments for any editor can be found in the delight variable. To be specific, the Comics Plus page.

  • Another object lesson in the problems with political polls Mar 20, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Jim Slusher: In sports, the common epithet when the lesser of two seemingly unevenly matched opponents wins or very nearly wins is “that’s why they play the game.” In politics, the sentiment is the same, it’s just a different arena: “That’s why they hold elections.”

  • Stories highlight more than a single agency’s need Mar 7, 2014 3:23 PM
    Columnist Jim Slusher: Few things are more gratifying to us than a lead like this one that appeared in our Wednesday editions: “After an outpouring of community support, the (Deicke home for adults with disabilities) is expected to remain open at least until the end of July.”

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