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Photos: top left: David Maril with the late Chuck Thompson, the voice of the Orioles and Colts, the summer he was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1993; top right: a perspective shot of Maril at Wrigley Field; featured photo: journalist Ken Decoste with the late, great Harry Caray and Maril.

Cavalcade of Columns

Is “Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better” replacing “Hail to The Chief?”

The selling of advertising on The Great Wall Of Trump would be an appropriate way for the wheeler-dealer to finance the eyesore if Mexico refuses to pay

TV sports audiences deserve gold medals for endurance after putting up with half a century of Brent Musburger’s babbling

By David Maril

AN UNCONFIRMED RUMOR is that President Donald Trump will change “Hail To The Chief” to “Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better,”’ as the official tune introducing his formal arrival at an event.

THE BIGGEST surprise coming from recent news cycles is that Trump hasn’t officially taken the credit for the stock market busting through the 20,000 point barrier.

WITH A NUMBER OF STATES ready to implement legislation requiring 2020 presidential candidates to make their tax reforms public in order to allow their names on the ballots, someone like Trump, trying to hide business dealings, will be forced into full disclosure.

WHETHER OR NOT YOU AGREED with their politics, it showed a lack of class, even for Trump, and respect for the office of the presidency to not formally acknowledge the presence of Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, his predecessors, in his inauguration speech.

Artist's rendering of Trump's new wall.

HOW LONG WILL IT BE before the president proposes selling advertising on The Great Trump Wall to help finance it?

THE THREAT, UNDER CONSIDERATION, of tacking on a 20-percent tariff for goods coming in from Mexico would actually have all of us raising the $12-18 billion needed for the wall ourselves because we would be paying higher prices for these products.

WHILE THE COMPLAINER AND CHIEF accuses the media of producing fake news when stories are covered differently than he imagines them, he is, in reality, the inventor of fake news and would deserve to have any academic building, where creative writing is taught, named in his honor.

THE PRESIDENT’S SOLUTION to send federal troops into cities dealing with high rates of homicide, violence, drugs and crime seems in direct conflict with the Republican party philosophy of strong state autonomy, local solutions to problems and cutting back on the reach of the federal government.

WHEN TRUMP SAYS people in Chicago shouldn’t have to worry about being shot when they walk down the street for a loaf of bread, one has to wonder when was the last time the great dealmaker actually entered a store and bought any ingredient to make a sandwich.

YOU WOULD ALSO HAVE to doubt if any of his billionaire cabinet picks, who are heavily invested in oil, would know how to fill up a car gas tank at a self-service pump.

OR WHEN WAS the last time billionaire charter school advocate Betsy DeVos, Trump’s nominee for education secretary, set foot in a public school?

THERE’S IRONY in the fact that the president's way of looking out for the welfare of the “forgotten people” seems to rest on taking care of the wealthiest Americans in the world and surrounding himself with moguls who are out of touch with the poor and middle class.

SPEAKING OF OUT OF TOUCH, when will activists and politicians on the left and right wake up to the fact that celebrities participating in rallies usually prove to be more a distraction than a positive influence. Just because they are well-known and admired as entertainers doesn’t make them responsible leaders or spokespeople. Madonna’s recent meltdown in the Women’s March in Washington, using a four-letter word and a reference to wanting to blow up the White House, was outrageous and unacceptable, no matter what your political views.

ONE OF THE MOST overlooked election stories is the unfortunate setback for Virginia’s Tim Kaine, Hillary Clinton’s candidate for vice president on the Democrat’s ticket. Kaine, an eminently more qualified candidate for president than Hillary, will forever be linked to her horrendous campaign of snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. The Virginia U.S. senator was never allowed to showcase his impressive background of statesmanship at the local and national levels. His compassionate dedication to public service was overshadowed by the attack-dog role the Clinton strategists wanted him to play. Perhaps they were concerned he would overshadow the former first lady.

WHILE KAINE IS NOT MENTIONED as a 2020 presidential possibility, Mass. Senator Elizabeth Warren gets continual support from the hard left of the Democratic party. Although she is staking out credibility on progressive issues, she hurts her cause with an abrasive, self-absorbed and unreasonable style in Congress. You don't get much done by failing to build wider coalitions and extending your base of support.

HOW LONG WILL it be before the president launches an official investigation of fraud in the U.S. Post Office because a Forever stamp hasn’t been designed and issued yet with his face on it?

WOULDN IT BE FUNNY if Trump’s absurd waste-of-time-and-money investigation into voter fraud ends up proving that he was awarded more electoral votes than he deserves and should have lost the election?

TRUMP’S OBSESSION WITH VOTER FRAUD could mean revising the “If It Ain’t Broke Don’t Fix It” rule to “If It Ain’t Broke, break it.” Or perhaps, “If You Break It You Own It,” becomes, “II You Break It, Someone Else Owns It.”

SPEAKING OF BREAKING, if you had a dollar for every time CNN flashes a “Breaking News” logo, accompanied by its dramatic musical lead-in, you’d soon be a millionaire. It won’t be long before commercial breaks are introduced by the “Breaking News” signage.

WHILE CNN REMAINS THE best cable news source, it is starting to allow too much airtime to political hacks and one-note commentators, like former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum. The news network needs to utilize David Gregory, former Meet The Press host and a credible journalist, more.

THAT SAID, HOWEVER, Ana Navarro and David Axelrod are two former political activists who do convey a sense of professionalism and offer significant and worthwhile insight.

CHUCK TODD, WHO succeeded Gregory on “Meet The Press,” displayed the type of tenacity the late Tim Russet would have appreciated when he refused to let Trump apologist Kelly Ann Conway off the hook in answering a pertinent question. If Russet, the 16-year host of Meet The Press, was still alive, he’d have a field day exposing all the fake news and misstatements coming out of Trump’s White House.

WHILE THE DEATH of the extremely talented Mary Tyler Moore has drawn numerous comparisons to Lucille Ball for having been a pioneer figure for women achieving stardom in television, the wise-cracking Eve Arden (“Our Miss Brooks’) also deserves to be included as part of that iconic status.

SPEAKING OF TV icons, Mike Connors, who also recently died, starred in the 1960s and 70s detective series “Mannix” as the most durable and punched-around private eye in television history. One critic determined Connors had been shot 17 times and accumulated 55 concussions over the 194 episodes of the series. Connors, however, was pretty durable in real-life, living to the age of 91.

IT IS UTTERLY amazing that Brent Musburger, retiring this year, has been able to thrive half a century as an irritating, overly-hyped, and trite play-by-play babbler distracting from major sports events on CBS snd ESPN. It took the NBA years to recover from the silly nicknames for players that littered his basketball broadcasts.

I APPRECIATE AND SUBSCRIBE to the magazine “Consumer’s Report.” One thing, however, that has always mystified me is why in evaluations of new cars it often puts emphasis on design of the dashboard instrumentation. It’s one thing if you are renting a car for a day and don't have time to become familiar with “confusing” design. But if you are buying a car, this all becomes meaningless after driving it around for more than a few days.

David Maril has been a columnist, sports editor and copy editor at three newspapers published in Massachusetts, winning numerous writing and section-design awards. As sports editor of the Milford Daily News, he covered the Boston Red Sox, Celtics and the New England Patriots. At the Brockton Enterprise he served as vice president of the newspaper’s guild, dealing with contract negotiations and workforce issues through difficult economic times. He also served on the board of the Boston Chapter of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America, where he is a lifetime member and voter in Major League Baseball’s annual Cooperstown Hall of Fame balloting. For several years was a columnist for Voice Of Baltimore. The son of the late artist Herman Maril, whose work is included in over 100 museum collections, David splits his time between Cape Cod, MA and Baltimore, MD. He currently serves as president of the Herman Maril Foundation, which supports curatorial projects, art education programs and exhibitions related to the study of his father’s work. The website, featuring his father’s artwork, is hermanmaril.com. A graduate of Park School in Brooklandville, MD, David majored in English at Clark University in Worcester, MA.

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