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Getting Us Cheap

From the Left / Marc Munroe Dion /

A few years ago, if you were making just a breath over $20 an hour, you could consider yourself lower-middle class if your husband made at least as much. You had your Valentine's Day dinner at Applebee's, but both your cars ran. In some sections of the country, you were middle-class.

Of course, you said you were middle-class, and you say it ...Read more

How To Tell If You're a Gay Communist Bee-Loving Crybaby

From the Left / Marc Munroe Dion /

My wife, Deborah, and I own a three-floor apartment house in the urban northeast.

How urban? We can walk to two Chinese takeout places, a bar, two liquor stores, two diners, two bakeries representing two different nationalities, and a fortune teller.

There are three apartments in our house, one on each floor. We live in one and rent out the ...Read more

Trumpland Uber Alles

From the Left / Marc Munroe Dion /

I had a boss once, not a big boss, a little boss, the kind of boss you see every day.

And this boss and I disliked each other in the way two cats dislike each other if you put them in the same pillowcase.

I was disagreeing with the boss one day, and the boss reminded me that she was my "superior."

And I remember the boss paused before using...Read more

Diners and AI

From the Left / Marc Munroe Dion /

Artificial Intelligence is a huge concern among people in my business because first of all, we think we're gonna lose our jobs, plus we think AI will produce mediocre writing, and we don't want to lose our jobs.

Also, it's creepy, although it's not nearly as creepy as some of the people I worked with and for during a 40-year stumble through ...Read more

Serious Numbers

From the Left / Marc Munroe Dion /

I hope someday to be 100 and writing myself a birthday column, but I'm a ways from that event.

What I am is 67 and writing myself a birthday column, which is serious enough. I've been writing this column for 15 years now, and that also seems like a serious number.

Hell, they're all serious numbers. The number of years you are when you get ...Read more

Trump in Contempt

From the Left / Marc Munroe Dion /

A judge with a keen grasp of the obvious recently found possible felon/president Donald Trump in contempt.

After 40 years as a reporter/columnist, I haven't had to type "possible felon/president" very much, but I didn't have to type "climate change" or "nonbinary" either. Things change.

Trump, who has an at best slippery grasp on reality, ...Read more

How Are Things in the Old Country?

From the Left / Marc Munroe Dion /

Thirty years ago, I was in a garment factory, covering the visit of a Portuguese dignitary who was in the factory because it employed a large number of Portuguese immigrants.

The dignitary approached a short, muscular man who worked in the plant and greeted him smilingly in Portuguese.

The man spat out a single sentence in Portuguese and ...Read more

The Last Sin We Have

From the Left / Marc Munroe Dion /

Joe Biden. Donald Trump. Bill Clinton. According to always-reliable social media, these men are pedophiles.

It doesn't stop with them, either. According to even foamier-at-the-mouth sources, nearly every world leader and celebrity took trips to "Epstein's Island" to have sex with children.

Do you want to know why pedophilia is an accusation ...Read more

Where Eagles Dare

From the Left / Marc Munroe Dion /

Bald eagles. Big, feisty, fighting creatures. Lousy fathers sometimes.

They're like your cousin Richie, is what they are. This is why you hope Richie isn't showing up for your aunt's wake. He'll show up drunk and want to fight your cousin Nelson.

Richie has kids in your town, and the two nearest towns, the ones close enough to be easily ...Read more

A Severe Absence of Rats

From the Left / Marc Munroe Dion /

Sitting in courtrooms isn't an art. It is the process of hibernation, being asleep enough not to hear everything but awake enough to hear anything important. It is the light semisleep of a man whose pregnant wife is two weeks overdue and sleeping next to him.

Reporters know the day's action in a trial is likely to hinge on one evidentiary ...Read more

The Things I Used To Do, Lord, I Won't Do No More

From the Left / Marc Munroe Dion /

My father spent the last 13 years of his work life at a sporting goods company, where he was an assistant department head.

When he retired, 34 years ago, he had full and complete rights to a pension of $241.86 a month. He died five years later, and my mother received $241.86 a month for the next 34 years.

And that was my father's life, that ...Read more


From the Left / Marc Munroe Dion /

Movie scene: A car pulls to the curb on a downtown street. Four men wait inside the vehicle. They're white. All of them have slicked-back hair, pinkie rings, shiny suits and shirts with long collars that almost cover the knots in their ties.

A man walks down the street, not seeing the guys in the car.

(Because the director of the movie is ...Read more

Toora Loora Loora

From the Left / Marc Munroe Dion /

Sure, and it's a little St. Paddy's Day story from my grandmother.

She was Irish American herself, and in her childhood, there were a great many people in her life who had come from Ireland.

"If you said Ireland was a bad country, they'd fight you in the street," she said of the Irish immigrants. "But if you got a bunch of them together, no ...Read more



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