Joe Hotchkiss


Hotchkiss: These days, everybody's a critic - but not everybody is...

My duties here at the newspaper vary in size and scope – writing, editing, light vacuuming – but one of the tasks I especially enjoy is selecting... Read more

Joe Hotchkiss: Cheating spreads everywhere, but in the end it gets you...

When I first read about the cheating scandal at a high school in suburban Chicago, I thought the officials running Naperville School District 203... Read more

Hotchkiss: You think you're so smart: Are humans getting stupider?...

Sometimes when a news wire service has to substantially change a story it’s already sent, it’ll deliver an update with an editor’s note: “Story... Read more

Hotchkiss: In this week full of food, think about hunger the rest of...

By now, you’ve probably bought your turkey.

While you’re waiting for it to thaw in your fridge, you’ve either checked your pantry or gone to... Read more

Hotchkiss: Oh, the shame of it: Are more folks out of touch with...

The 2012 elections are over, and the results had you either dancing in the streets or hyperventilating into a paper bag.

But if I had one... Read more

Joe Hotchkiss: The opposite of "Down": Homecoming queen makes...

It’s not a stretch to say that Jessica Giddens is famous.

Ever since the Martinez teen won the crown of Lakeside High School’s homecoming... Read more

Joe Hotchkiss: Look who's talking: Whale tells a tale, and a cat...

If you haven’t read the story by now, maybe somebody’s pet goldfish told you: Scientists have identified a whale they say has mimicked human... Read more

Column: Warning: This column might leave a bad taste in your mouth

I don’t know if you regularly read the newspaper while eating, but if you do, I’ll just wait until you’re done.

Finished?

Good. I want... Read more

Joe Hotchkiss: Wrong number: Calls to 911 aren't always for...

I never – let me knock on some wood here – have had to call 911. I’ve never been faced with that kind of a big emergency.

A lot of other... Read more