Stop Calling Me Surly

Why I divorced Cordish

I don’t like dress codes, discrimination, greedy profiteers or nontransparent public-private partnerships.

Fables of the Deconstruction

Care of Cell 44/Like a Monkey in a Zoo

Mail delivery is a big deal around here. It’s about the only thing we have to look forward to. I’m pretty lucky in that regard. I get a lot of mail.

Summary of My Discontent

Guilt by association

My great-grandfather, Johann Gerhard Welp, was a German immigrant and a busy man. He was born in 1857 in Lengerich, Westphalia, Germany, which at that time was the kingdom of Prussia.

Stop Calling Me Surly

Glimpses of meth hell

Among all the drug traffickers I’ve interviewed in 30 years, the most memorable series was with a meth dealer with a moral dilemma. “I can’t do this much longer,” he said.

Editor’s Note

Cancer, Interrupted

I owe a debt of gratitude to Angelina Jolie, which is unexpected given my cynical self typically scoffs at rich Hollywood types with whom I can’t relate.

Fables of the Deconstruction


Everybody knows that times are tough. Nobody has any money, and the cost of living is climbing. The unions are getting busted, and the middle class is disappearing.

Summary of My Discontent

The poetry of Mitch McConnell

To many, U.S. Sen.

Keeping Up with the Jones

Charles Ramsey saves kidnapped women and pays for it

For the two people out there unfamiliar with the story of Charles Ramsey — he is the man credited with coming to the aid of kidnap victims Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight in Cl

Stop Calling Me Surly

Hosing firefighters and taxpayers

Dear Mayor Fischer:

Fables of the Deconstruction

Mellow my mind

As a writer, I recognize the importance of clarity. I try to use the simplest words to express my ideas. A recent survey of my vernacular revealed that I use the same 487 words almost exclusively.