Stories by Joe Hotchkiss

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Joe Hotchkiss: Comic goes tragic: What jughead decided to make Archie a political tool?

Must we drag politics into everything?
By Joe Hotchkiss

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Joe Hotchkiss: Pardon me for not being all broken up over Hillary being 'dead broke'

Don't make your financial uncertainties sound anything close to the real, honest, sweat-of-the-brow struggles of two working parents.
By Joe Hotchkiss

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Hotchkiss: Did he really say that? Historical figures get hijacked through misquotes

I can understand people getting taken in by certain misquotes. They can be so clever and so appropriate that you want them to be true.
By Joe Hotchkiss

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Joe Hotchkiss: Tests' wording gets 'A' for political correctness, 'F' for freedom of thought

No one seems to be doing anything to steer the tests back toward common sense.
By Joe Hotchkiss

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Joe Hotchkiss: Curiously worded test questions smell awfully like product placement

Why mention brand names on kids' tests? How is that supposed to improve pupils' minds?
By Joe Hotchkiss

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Joe Hotchkiss: Every Saturday was Trooper Terry time, if you had a good antenna

You didn't have to live in Augusta - even near Augusta - to be a fan of Trooper Terry.
By Joe Hotchkiss

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Joe Hotchkiss: When looks are everything: Social media aggravates body-image issues

It might be the most dangerous question a girl can ask a guy: How do I look?
By Joe Hotchkiss

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Hotchkiss: More Americans quit clowning around - now there might be too few

I know what you're thinking. A clown shortage? With Congress in session?
By Joe Hotchkiss

Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014

Hotchkiss: Cruel and unusual -- and that's the prisoner, not the punishment

Victims' families don't deserve the gross insult of seeing their loved ones' coddled killer whining about the supposedly poor quality of his new lodgings.
By Joe Hotchkiss

Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014

Hotchkiss: Put the turkey neck down, sir: Weapon choices get creative during holidays

If you take away guns, people will just find another way to hurt people. As Exhibit A, I'd like to present a ceramic squirrel.
By Joe Hotchkiss

Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014

Hotchkiss: Should have seen this coming: Psychics' predictions for 2013 fell short

We hear about the predictions that psychics make when they come true, but rarely do we hear about the ones that fall flat.
By Joe Hotchkiss

Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013

Hotchkiss: Can adult merit badges coax Americans into better behavior?

Wouldn't it be interesting if we could award meaningful merit badges to one another to encourage the kind of behavior that can improve the way we live?
By Joe Hotchkiss

Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013

Hotchkiss: Recurring contributor to our letters section will be deeply missed

"If people remember you as a good human being, you will be in heaven." I have no doubt that's where Mr. Godoy ended up.
By Joe Hotchkiss

Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013

Hotchkiss: Newspaper readers age, but letter writers get younger all the time

Kids, I really enjoyed reading your first letters to the editor. I'm sure they won't be your last.
By Joe Hotchkiss

Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013

Hotchkiss: Thought the 'Me' generation was bad? Selfies signal that it's getting worse

It shouldn't be all about you. Much more often, it should be about us.
By Joe Hotchkiss

Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013

Hotchkiss: As Veterans Day approaches, one veteran has inexhaustible thanks

To all our veterans, and to all the people who take care of them, thank you.
By Joe Hotchkiss

Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013

Joe Hotchkiss: Waste not, want not: There always is room for budget cuts

It's one of the toughest things to do, kind of like cleaning the hard-to-reach nooks and crannies of your house.
By Joe Hotchkiss

Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013

Hotchkiss: Bullying still is with us -- and cyberspace makes it sadly easier

An important first step is for children to just tell someone. Or parents have to ask, if they spot certain signs.
By Joe Hotchkiss

Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013

Joe Hotchkiss: Forward into the past: Look back on our visions of the future

Sometimes they're spot-on. Often they're way off.
By Joe Hotchkiss

Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013

Joe Hotchkiss: Must we spell it out? You shouldn't abandon language's rules

English is going to evolve whether we like it or not, but for Pete's sake, it shouldn't devolve.
By Joe Hotchkiss

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