I'm Tom Dennis, and I'm excited about joining the blogging world -- a world I admire and every day enjoy.
Here are my thoughts about how this blog will work. As the Herald's opinion editor, I write the newspaper's editorials most days -- but when I do so, I'm always conscious that I'm representing the editorial board. That's the difference between a column and an editorial: A column is a writer's personal thoughts; an editorial is the consensus or majority view of an editorial board -- that is, unless the publisher exercises his or her prerogative and insists on a particular view.
A quick aside about that: I used to work at an editorial page in Pennsylvania, and heard a story there of how the paper came to endorse the first President Bush in 1992. It seems the editorial board members took a poll around the table, and the vote went something like this: "Clinton." "Clinton." "Clinton." "Clinton." "Clinton." Then came the publisher's turn, and he said with a grin, "OK, who's going to write the Bush editorial?"
Anyway, in MOST CASES an editorial is a consensus view of an editorial board. But columns are different -- and blogs are different, too.
Here, I won't have to mentally pass the entries through an editorial board screen. I'd call it "Tom Dennis Unplugged", if I weren't convinced that that would make most readers throw the nearest paperweight through their computer screen.
Actually, I'm afraid "Tom Dennis Unplugged" is likely to be a lot like "Tom Dennis Plugged" ... I'm reminded of a cartoon I once saw; it showed a bunch of guys in suits at a poolside cocktail party ... some of them sunbathing, some of them swimming, some of them jumping off the diving board but all of them in suits.
And this one guy is saying to another, "Who says Republicans don't know how to have a good time?"
So expect the semi-unexpected on this blog of notes about the passing scene. As for the Dunkin' Donuts reference in the blogger profile: There'll be more, much more, about that topic in the weeks and months to come.