Wednesday, January 3, 2007

New Year, Same Old Awful "Thorns and Flowers"

Posted By on Wed, Jan 3, 2007 at 11:54 AM

It's been a while since I've commented on the Star's opinion section, which is one of the worst in the nation for a paper its size. There are virtually no regular local columnists (except for Debbie Kornmiller) to go along with wishy-washy editorials and a slew of syndicated columnists that readers can find myriad other places. If it weren't for Dave Fitzsimmons, the page would have no redeeming value.

This is sad: Opinion pages are supposed to engage readers and make them think. (And say what you will about Danehy, Tuttle and O'Sullivan: They certainly do these things.) The Star Opinion page ... makes you want to take a nap.

However, as regular readers of this blog know, I am—in a warped, wrong sort of way—a semi-fan of "Thorns and Flowers." It is so bad, it's ... well, not good, but amusing in an odd sort of way. It is, by far, the stupidest, most worthless part of the Star's Opinion section (and that is saying *A LOT*). Take today's, for example, where the Star goes out on the limb to:

-- Say nice things about a widow and an exciting football game.

-- Criticize—are you ready for it—the failure to communicate.

Oh. My. Lord. How edgy!

I've said it before, and I've said it again: I hope one day, someone accidentally mislabels "Thorns and Flowers" so everything's inverted. Can you imagine the Star giving a thorn to a grieving Betty Ford? Or a flower to nurses and doctors who don't communicate? That would be so awesome.