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Once in TV journalism there were people called assignment editors and news directors. Among their responsibilities was to instruct reporters and camera crews which stories they were to cover that day. Their choices were based on several factors that included what they regarded as news, viewer interest (i.e., ratings) and much more subtly, their own biases.

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Though 2021 has been a vast improvement over 2020, we continue to lose too many friends, family, and those we care about to COVID19, cancer, this latest round of the flu, and all too many lights and luminaries are having their lights dimmed all too soon.

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Thank goodness that my parents believed – and firmly practiced – the old-fashioned philosophy of “Children should be seen and not heard.”

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The man who picked me up at an airport too many years ago to recall the date asked if I had ever heard of a guy named Rush Limbaugh. When I said I had not, he turned on the car radio and said, "Listen." After 15 minutes I was hooked.