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For all you Anti-Trumps out there . . .

It is no surprise that Donald Trump has been having a hard time “closing the deal” in the primaries now that the field has narrowed. Trump has benefited as much as anyone from a crowded field, but his negatives were always too high to ensure a smooth path to the nomination. Still, I find it difficult to think The Donald won’t find some way to win at the convention. By all objective measures, he is the most popular candidate among Republicans, and as the late, great Molly Ivins once said: “You gotta dance with them what brung you.”

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According to the FAIR Blog, only about 40 percent of people read the news beyond the headline. If true, this disturbs me both intellectually and as a writer. The headlines (and taglines for that matter) of an article are usually designed to stir up animus and/or anxiety in the reader, making them more likely to read the article attached, meaning that the title is generally the least accurate part of the whole piece.

Besides, as blogger, what good does that do me? I can compose eye-ball catching post titles all day long, but where’s the fun in that? And nothing in my soul is satisfied by baiting in readers with sugar-laden hooks.

Wander through the stories.
Ponder the questions.
Dive into the depths of the ocean of ideas.
Read, people, read!