Second-term headlines, &c.


My colleague Eric Fettmann sent me a bulletin from Gallup — one that has to do with my humble hometown, Ann Arbor, Mich. Listen to this:

Lincoln, Neb., had the highest Well-Being Index score (72.8) in the U.S. across the 189 metropolitan areas that Gallup and Healthways surveyed in 2012. Also in the top 10 are Boulder, Colo.; Provo-Orem, Utah; Ann Arbor, Mich.; Honolulu, Hawaii; Fort Collins-Loveland, Colo.; and Burlington-South Burlington, Vt.

I suspected — with my super-sensitive nose — left-wing bias, given Ann Arbor, Boulder, and Burlington. But Provo? From what I know, even I could get elected there. Should have moved there long ago . . .

(Orrin Hatch moved to Utah long ago. He is a Pittsburgher.)

On to Colorado: They have repealed the law against adultery. To read a news story, go here. I’m against symbolic law. I believe that laws, whatever they are, should be enforced. Should be taken seriously. Otherwise, don’t have them. Still: I’m sorry about this.

Let’s go back to the U.K.: I loved something I read in a dispatch from Cambridge. Files from the Thatcher era have been released, and at least one of them relates to the prime minister’s visit to China in 1982. The Foreign Office wanted her to lay a wreath at a big Communist monument in Tiananmen Square. She demurred. It was then pointed out to her that other Western leaders had laid a wreath there.

And here’s what I loved: The dispatch quoted a historian saying, “That was always a bad argument with Margaret Thatcher.”

This is part of what made her, and her friend Reagan, great.

Care for a name? Moses Blah — a president of Liberia, who has died. You wouldn’t want your name to be “Blah.” But the name “Moses” sort of makes up for it. If you have to be Blah, at least be Moses Blah.

Two more names? Time was, I confused the names of two basketball coaches: Jim Boeheim of Syracuse and John Beilein of Michigan. “Boeheim” is pronounced “BAY-hime.” “Beilein” is pronounced “BEE-line.”

And, you know what? They’re coaching against each other Saturday, in the Final Four.

By the way, if Beilein pronounced his name the proper German way, that would be a good name for a journalist. (Byline.) Back to his own pronunciation: You know what his parents did, when they conceived him? They made a Beilein.

Okay, now I should really go, and I’ll see you later. Thanks for your forbearance . . .

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