This week we say adios to 2013. It wasn't the best of years or the worst of years, though, in fact, it was marginally better than some of the most recent. To commemorate it we engage in our traditional end-of-year ritual, the Cheap Shot awards compiled from staff input.
These verbal shots may be cheap, but they're not worthless. We call them cheap shots because they are not subject to the same rigorous balance test of our regular news stories. We do indeed go for the snark. We had a lot to work with, considering the antics of our Keystone Legislators, especially of the Republican variety. They are seemingly so giddy in the ascendancy of their powers that they continue to trot out the most reactionary of their conservative wet dreams.
The conservative perspective does have its place, of course. In this case it is right at the end of Cheap Shots, in our conservative commentator Larry Kaufmann's opinion piece entitled "Prepare for a Scott Walker Victory," in which he analyzes prospects for a Democratic resurgence. Act 10, sÃ! Affordable Care Act, no!
We observe the end of the year in arts with a team effort marking the year's highlights. Amelia Cook Fontella, Jennifer A. Smith, Jessica Steinhoff, Joe Engle, John W. Barker, Katie Reiser and Laura Jones give their individual retrospectives of the arts they observed in 2013. After you read the article in the paper, visit TheDailyPage.com for a graphically enhanced version.
Have a happy and safe New Year's Eve. We'll be coming to you in print again in 2014, beginning our 39th volume of publishing. My, how time flies.