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These distinctions matter. I would argue they matter more in local politics than in national races because the decisions they make once elected to office will affect people's daily lives much more directly. So, vote, is what I'm saying.

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Two weeks ago, I asked a question of my readers: Choose from one of the most locally and nationally challenged books and I will read the winning title. True to my word, I just finished reading Calorie Accounting: the Foolproof Diet-by-Numbers Plan for a Skinnier New You, and interviewing the author, Mandy Levy.

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These flowering contagions might look nice for a few weeks a year, but I literally see no upside to intentionally planting a reeking, weak-limbed, invasive “pear” tree that produces no pears.

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According to the results of a new, disturbing report by the Pew Research Center, 71 percent of Americans think their local media outlets are doing just fine financially, but only 14 percent report paying for local news during the past year. Does anyone else see the problem here?

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This isn't partisan to me. This is about transparency. If the report says what Trump and his supporters say, then so be it. I'm not afraid of the truth. The American people have paid millions of dollars for this investigation. We deserve to read the full report directly from Mueller himself. Anything less will be viewed as a whitewash.

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You can always search for people you've unfollowed on Facebook by name if you really want to find them for some specific reason. If you take the extra step of unfriending them, however, you're denying your future self that option.

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Former Sen. Birch Bayh, D-Indiana, died Thursday of pneumonia at the age of 91. He recognized the truth about the Electoral College long before the 2000 or 2016 presidential elections gave us popular-vote-losing Republican Presidents George W. Bush and Donald Trump, respectively. This outdated system will increasingly lead to a feeling of illegitimacy as the voice of the people is ever more frequently subverted.

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Google searches for “International Men's Day” peak on International Women's Day. This sort of whataboutism springs from the same well which inspires some to ask why there isn't a “White History Month” every February during Black History Month. As the adage goes, when you're accustomed to privilege, equality feels like oppression.

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The mentality behind these sort of requirements is, in a word, cruel. The message is loud and clear: If you do not contribute to society at a rate we determine is acceptable, you don't deserve to live.

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Will this year's midterm elections be a “Blue Wave” or a “Red Wave”? No one knows. But, there is only one poll that matters, anyway: Voting.

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Will this year's midterm elections be a “Blue Wave” or a “Red Wave”? No one knows. But, there is only one poll that matters, anyway: Voting.

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You know the classics, now here's the best Tom Petty songs you won't find on any “Greatest Hits” album.

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