From the Maple Tree

From the Maple Tree, a column by Kenneth Collins Maple

Christmas movie winner

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It’s been a long, arduous tournament, but the end is here. Today we settle the age-old discussion: What is the greatest Christmas movie of all time?

You’ve come to the right place for answers.

Your news roundup

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Stories upon news stories exist this week that make for solid column fodder. In the news, presidential wannabe Donald Trump called for the banning of all Muslims from entering the country. Apparently he doesn’t realize that refugees seeking religious freedom founded America.

More unquotable quotes

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It’s time for the second installment of the immensely popular but seldom read Unquotable quotes column. This is the column where anything you say can and will be used against you, without your consent and without your name.

Ejected from America

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The horrific attacks on Paris have everyone justifiably concerned about safety immigration. GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson sent letters to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan calling on the U.S.

Names needed!

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In the most surreal moment of my life, my wife, Britni, and I learned back at the beginning of September that she was with child (I’ve always wanted to say it like that). I’m still in a constant state of disbelief; I can hardly take care of myself, much less another human being.

Unquotable quotes

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Reporters are always fishing for quotes. Quotes can legitimize, flesh out and cap a story. Occasionally, though, a quote will be said off the record or spoken out of context or said in jest. These often become my favorite quotes, and yet they go nowhere. They never see print; they’re never read.

Baseball update

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It’s time for your MLB update. When we last checked in to the current state of baseball’s postseason, I had made an executive decision to name the Texas Rangers my new favorite team, to temporarily replace the cellar-dwelling White Sox and Atlanta Braves.

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