Shop till they drop

For your 3:15 a.m. gift-buying convenience: Trying to salvage what’s been a disappointing Christmas season for sales, some big-box retailers are remaining open nonstop until 6 p.m. on Christmas Eve.

So if on Christmas Day you notice a hollow-eyed, ghostly figure stumbling along in a state of utter exhaustion, it’ll probably be a cashier at the local Kohl’s.

The oldest profession: Canada’s Supreme Court on Friday struck down all three of the country’s anti-prostitution laws: bans on keeping a brothel, making a living from prostitution, and street soliciting. The ruling that drew fire from the nation’s conservative federal government and religious leaders who warn it could lead to increased human trafficking.

The decision was hailed by sex workers, who argued it would make their profession less dangerous, and by Toronto’s sort-of Mayor Rob Ford — once he was assured he wasn’t just imagining things while in a drunken stupor.

Don’t know much about history: On this day in 1913, the first newspaper crossword puzzle was published in the New York World.

We’re guessing the puzzle remains unsolved to this day, since the clue for 10 down was “The fibre of the gomuti palm.”*

— Mark Carlson, Herald staff

* Actual clue from the puzzle

More in Opinion

Editorial cartoons for Monday, Dec. 11

A sketchy look at the day in politics.… Continue reading

Editorial: Yet another owner for The Everett Clinic

After its brief time with DaVita, uncertainty returns for the clinic with its sale to an insurer.

Editorial cartoons for Sunday, Dec. 10

A sketchy look at the day in politics.… Continue reading

Burke: If you’ve been away for a bit, here’s what you missed

If you have been paying attention, check below to make sure you’re not missing a reason for anxiety.

Milbank: GOP attacks on FBI meant to circle wagons for Trump

Criticism of Mueller and the FBI by Republicans ignores the GOP credentials of those they attack.

Editorial cartoons for Saturday, Dec. 9

A sketchy look at the day in politics.… Continue reading

Second Amendment doesn’t protect rapid-fire weapons

Regarding the letter to the editor in the Dec. 1, Herald, “Constitution’s… Continue reading

Count freight train vibrations trigger mudslides?

I was lying awake during the 3 a.m. hour recently, when I… Continue reading

Are different standards used regarding sexual misconduct?

Recently news people have been fired as a result of sexual misconduct… Continue reading

Most Read