Point of No Return

A letter to the big guy

Dear Santa,

I’ve been pretty good this year, all things considered. Sure, there was that rather unfortunate incident that involved the fire department, three chickens and a Bunsen burner — but nobody really got hurt, and I’m told the...

Thursday, December 18, 2008 - 6:28am

Be careful what you ask for

Have you ever said something to someone, and the moment it came out your mouth you just wished you could press “Rewind” and stop those words from ever hitting their intended target? You know, those regrettable utterances that just fill your heart...

Thursday, December 11, 2008 - 4:01am

Holidays get off to rough start

Ah, the holiday season.

The month between Thanksgiving and Christmas is that magical time of the year when families pull together closer, strangers do kind things for one another and the air just has a friendlier feel to it all around. Oh...

Thursday, December 4, 2008 - 3:45pm

So much to be thankful for

Let’s face facts: It’s been a tough year for many.

The building industry has taken a downturn, hurting many Realtors, brokers, mortgage people, contractors and more — a significan’t protion of this very community’s population. Gas prices...

Tuesday, November 25, 2008 - 4:36pm

Frank Miranda is how old?

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Sorry, my fingers haven’t been working very well since the temperatures sunk faster than an inflatable boat constructed of tire irons. I mean, I woke up Wednesday morning with a frozen pug draped across my face...

Thursday, November 20, 2008 - 4:17pm

Election done, stupidity takes over

Well, the elections are behind us and we can now go about the business of living our normal lives. For some, that means putting down the signs and getting back to regular chores. For others, that could mean getting over their respective...

Thursday, November 13, 2008 - 7:48am

It's time to concede this election

My fellow Americans,

We reached a point Tuesday evening where we were forced to face the inevitability of the day’s events, and accept the reality that we came up short in our bid to lead this great nation over the next four years. This is...

Wednesday, November 5, 2008 - 3:47pm

One last shot at earning your vote

Well, my fellow Americans, this is it. The last chance for me to speak directly to the voters before Tuesday’s general election, and my final opportunity to convince you to vote for Sam Harvey and me to lead this nation to a new beginning.


Thursday, October 30, 2008 - 8:12am

Make your own vote count this time

Well, that was a bit of a metaphorical kick to our campaign’s groin.

When Colin Powell came out in support of Sen. Barrack Obama recently, I was, to put it mildly, disappointed. I served under the leadership of Gen. Powell in the first...

Thursday, October 23, 2008 - 8:10am

No Sue-Mommy sighting this time

There was no Hurricane Susan this time. No Sue-mommy blowing in and out of the office, causing peril to all in her wake and creating a general disturbance wherever she rolled.

Unlike the wedding of her daughter Sarah a few years ago, Susan...

Thursday, October 16, 2008 - 9:07am

We’re behind now, but still time

Well, my presidential campaign marches on as we near November. Currently, we’re lagging a little bit in the polls, as we seem to be trailing Obama, McCain, Nader, Michael Phelps, the guy who played Kramer on Seinfeld and Cap’n Crunch. Undeterred...

Thursday, October 9, 2008 - 9:43am

The Presidential beat drums on

Now that the McCann-Harvey campaign is in full gear, and our supporters number somewhere between three and 74 million strong (depending on which scientific poll you believe), we’ve decided to continue our efforts of full disclosure leading up to...

Thursday, October 2, 2008 - 8:40am

It's time to think of my country

We are living in a time of great uncertainty and turmoil. War rages on in the Middle East, our economy is in a mess like no other time in recent memory and reality television continues to pollute our airwaves.

Times like this demand a...

Thursday, September 25, 2008 - 10:46am

Flushing out some serious facts

There are certain truths that we indeed hold to be self-evident.

Oh, that statement does not necessarily need to focus on grand-scheme issues such as individual liberties or the practices of efficient and fair government, it can also...

Thursday, September 18, 2008 - 10:18am

Sizing up the World Wide Web

I still get a little amazed at the Internet.
Darin J. McCann

Actually, to use the words “still” and “Internet” in the same sentence is a little ridiculous, as the Internet has been an evolving entity of growth and imagination since...

Thursday, September 11, 2008 - 7:55am

A survival guide for NFL season

As Labor Day passes and the summer season comes to an end, it’s time to take in a breath of fresh air, enjoy some satisfying moments outside and prepare to hole up indoors for the next several months to enjoy the National Football League in all...

Thursday, September 4, 2008 - 9:00am

Biden leads notable Delawareans

So, many in the state have been buzzing over the past week with reports that Sen. Joe Biden has been named running mate for Sen. Barrack Obama in the upcoming presidential election. Surely there are those who are excited because of Biden’s vast...

Thursday, August 28, 2008 - 9:14am

A prisoner in my own home

I live in a house of ill repute.
Darin J. McCann

Now, it wasn’t always like this. There was a time when I would come home from work, kiss my wife, pat my two dogs on the head and go about my business of sorting through mail or...

Thursday, August 21, 2008 - 7:02am

Rivalries replaced by athletes

There’s just something missing with the Olympics.

Now, don’t get me wrong — from what I’ve watched and heard, the games have been going fairly smoothly, and the action has been tremendous. Like many of you, I’ve been caught up in the...

Thursday, August 14, 2008 - 10:08am

Next chapter -- best one yet

Today I begin living a lie.

Darin J. McCann
In respect to Jack Benny, and the millions who have followed in his footsteps, I meet the chronological milestone of 39 years alive on this planet. Still in my 30s, but painfully closer...

Thursday, August 7, 2008 - 7:27am

Never take this guy for granted

It’s a common thought that, in football, a referee or offensive lineman is doing a great job only if you never notice he or she is on the field. Oh, it’s thankless to be lauded for anonymity, but the only times those people tend to get attention...

Wednesday, July 30, 2008 - 2:21pm

A visit through the world's news

There are certain points in life when we all know we’ve indeed hit rock bottom. For nudists in France, this could be that point. According to a Reuters story earlier this week, France’s data protection authority has granted permission to a nudist...

Thursday, July 24, 2008 - 7:16am

Belguin Bud not end of world

It’s been argued that there are three entities that are uniquely American — the Constitution, baseball and jazz. For some, Budweiser should also be included on that short list.
Darin J. McCann

Well, let’s just keep that list at three...

Thursday, July 17, 2008 - 9:01am

The loc-ists have their day

We all want to be part of a group, right?

Darin J. McCann

It’s why high school athletes wear their letter jackets, fraternity kids have their Greek letters emblazoned across everything they own and why gang members show...

Thursday, July 10, 2008 - 7:06am

Carlin a true American treasure

I once held a dream of becoming a stand-up comedian.
Darin J. McCann

This was not just a fleeting fantasy that would be replaced daily by aspirations of one day walking on the moon or becoming the first man to float down the Colorado...

Thursday, June 26, 2008 - 7:04am

Analyzing the best of the new

Ours is an ever-changing world. What was acceptable in the past may be frowned upon today. What existed in the past may not exist today. And what wasn’t there yesterday might be there today.
Darin J. McCann

Yeah, I don...

Thursday, June 19, 2008 - 10:11am

Thanks for the lessons, Dad

Life is filled with metaphorical peaks and valleys. Inevitably, we all face those sacred moments in time that lift us to great heights, or sink us into seemingly endless despair. When we face these times, the natural inclination is to find...

Thursday, June 12, 2008 - 7:24am

Let the youth enjoy youth sports

Cal Ripken Jr. and Eddie Murray each hit approximately 14,276 home runs in my neighborhood. Art Monk and Charley Taylor made about 10,000 touchdown catches apiece on the same pristine field. And Len Bias probably dropped 100,000 points on our...

Thursday, June 5, 2008 - 10:48am

A smorgasbord of topics this week

There are times when I’m seated at my desk with a vacant look in my eyes and a smattering of profanity dripping off my lips. The truth be told, that’s my general make-up at the office, but it just escalates on those uneasy Wednesday mornings when...

Thursday, May 29, 2008 - 8:46am

Relax Shaun...Tatupo's not alone

“A firearms instructor in southern Massachusetts has been assigned to other duties after his gun accidentally went off while he was teaching a class on weapons safety.”
Darin J. McCann

That was the lede paragraph in an Associated...

Thursday, May 22, 2008 - 8:13am

A few lessons learned in coverage

Have you ever had that metaphorical bucket of cold water poured on your head just when you thought things were going as well as they ever have?

How about 18 million gallons of cold water?

That was my “Welcome Back” greeting on...

Thursday, May 15, 2008 - 8:32am

Confessions from a Momma’s Boy

It’s been suggested that I’m a bit of a “Momma’s Boy.”

Darin J. McCann

In the interests of full disclosure, I’ll say that my accusers include my sister, my father, my publisher, my friends, the guy at the landfill that I’ve run...

Thursday, May 8, 2008 - 8:37am

Another wacky trip into the obtuse

Despite my rampant cynicism and me-against-the-world philosphy on life, I’m somewhat easily astounded.

Darin J. McCann

Though I get a small pond in the middle of my front yard every time it rains, I continue get pretty shocked...

Thursday, May 1, 2008 - 7:31am

Preparing for the year’s big event

There comes a time in each man’s life when he must look himself in the mirror, take an honest appraisal of himself and come to terms with what he truly is in the grand scheme of things. You know what I’m talking about — there’s an inevitable...

Thursday, April 24, 2008 - 8:56am

Now, that is a whole lot of meat

At first, I thought it was merely an aroma-induced mirage. There I was, sweating and cursing to myself as I was slogging through some yard work on Sunday, when the sweet odor overwhelmed my senses. My original thought was that I was having some...

Thursday, April 17, 2008 - 6:45am

Spring, Leviathan back in the air

Tired of hearing about Barrack Obama’s vile-spewing preacher friend? Fed up with stories about Hillary Clinton dodging imaginary sniper bullets on her way to a tea party? Has your stomach taken as much as it can when envisioning the very thought...

Thursday, April 10, 2008 - 6:50am

Looking to mix old and new better

The world is just a little smaller these days.

Darin J. McCann

From video-teleconferencing to Internet phone services to text messages and personal Web sites, we have near-instant access available to almost anyone we want to...

Thursday, April 3, 2008 - 10:02am

This a tough farewell to swallow

We all encounter a wide array a people over our lifetimes. Be it in a social setting, religious observance, work or some other venue, we meet people — some that we really enjoy, and others that we could do without pretty easily. The majority of...

Thursday, March 27, 2008 - 7:04am

Appreciating my very happy life

I was talking to a good friend of mine the other day who is also in this strange business of newspapers. He was telling me that he was driving down the road for an assignment where he was to take up position outside the home of the mother of...

Thursday, March 20, 2008 - 2:50am

Enjoying my favorite time of year

Can you feel it in the air?

Darin J. McCann

Close your eyes, and free your mind. Take a deep breath and focus not on what you can hear and smell, but rather on what you can sense deep in your bones. There’s a thickness in the...

Thursday, March 13, 2008 - 7:49am

Wow, 60 years of causing smiles

Just in case you missed it, Brett Favre retired earlier this week.

The mercurial Green Bay Packers quarterback/gunslinger decided to pack up his toys and go home after 17 fun-filled years of monumental performances and near-historic blow-...

Thursday, March 6, 2008 - 3:11am

Just take a leap of faith this year

I’ve managed to steal time.

Utilizing ancient methods of stealth chicanery, I’ve been able to throw a metaphorical lasso around the neck of Father Time, drag him in my general direction and coerce an extra day out of him. I’m not proud of...

Thursday, February 28, 2008 - 1:54am

Being on the losing side is a drag

I’ve been Betamaxed.

Actually, the realization just hit me that many of you might not remember Betamax, and the battle for technological supremacy it had with VHS during the 1980s. An even scarier thought is the notion that some of you...

Thursday, February 21, 2008 - 2:49am

I like the stunt--just so it's not me

Man likes to push himself. For the most part, we like to test our limits, exert ourselves to reaching new heights and attempt to get more out of ourselves than a logical mind would think possible. It’s why people climb mountains, or work long...

Wednesday, February 20, 2008 - 1:20pm

Put the blame on right man

The scene seemed all too familiar.

Millions of Americans burrowed in their homes to follow the breaking news of another tragedy. It might as well have been Sept. 11, 2001, or the shootings at Columbine or a space shuttle crashing to the...

Tuesday, February 19, 2008 - 5:22am

Gas costs and fear escalate

It’s creeping again.

I’m not an avid follower of gas prices. Oh, I have friends and family that can tell you the current gas prices at every station in a 60-mile radius. They have an entire network of gas price-followers that seemingly...

Monday, February 18, 2008 - 10:17am

Dictionary offers all new options

English is a language of adaptation. The language itself is a conglomeration of already-established dialects, and has continued to grow as it assimilates itself to jargon, new technology and conversational fads. It’s a beautiful thing, in that...

Friday, February 15, 2008 - 4:08pm

A few suggestions for the big day

Man, some folks are just flat-out cold.

According to an FBI release on Tuesday, some yahoos in the Wild Wild West world of the Internet have been sending people Valentine’s Day cards through their e-mail. The problem is that the recipient...

Friday, February 15, 2008 - 3:57am

Taking a closer look at some silly laws

I’m starting to think it might be a good idea for me to start enjoying the wonders of tropical fish.

My typical relationship with fish of any kind is largely an edible one, but lately I’ve been considering the joys and wonders of having...

Thursday, February 14, 2008 - 1:47am

Enjoying the write-in process

Though I’m cynical in regards to most things in life, there is still a part of me that leans to the idealistic side. I love to root for the underdog, to hope that our reporters can make a difference in someone’s life every week and that someone...

Wednesday, February 13, 2008 - 8:04am