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D.L. Stewart

D.L. Stewart has been writing his nationally-syndicated columns for Dayton Newspapers since 1975 and he plans to continue doing them until he gets one right. Some of his columns are humorous, some are insightful and he hopes his readers can tell the difference.D.L. (that's his actual legal name) is a native of Cleveland, a graduate of The Ohio University and a five-time Pulitzer Prize loser. He focuses on his family, the Cleveland Browns and other oddities of life.

Latest from D.L. Stewart

D.L. STEWART: Enjoying Major League Baseball by the numbers

Posted: 3 days ago

In the latest example of fascinating Major League Baseball statistics, studies show that a 29-year-old centerfielder saves an average of four fewer runs per season than a 28-year-old centerfielder, The New York Times reported this week. While you may wonder why a prestigious newspaper would use valuable space to report stuff like that, baseball...
D.L. STEWART: Just ‘plane’ carried away at the doctor’s office

Posted: 10 days ago

Last week, I was experiencing some chest pains, so I called my doctor to schedule an appointment. Normally I wouldn’t worry about stuff like that, but it’s probably better to be safe than sorry now that I’m approaching middle age. As it turned out, my doctor was out of town and wouldn’t be back for a week. But his...
D.L. STEWART: Restaurants’ rules on kids provide food for thought

Posted: 17 days ago

In a highly competitive industry, a restaurant in North Carolina boosted its business by turning away customers. After numerous complaints at the restaurant in Mooresville when parents refused to turn down the volume of their daughter’s iPad, the family was asked to leave. Now Caruso’s no longer welcomes diners under the age of...
D.L. STEWART: Finding time for TV can be a taxing problem

Posted: 24 days ago

Now that he’s handled that health care thing, President Trump can turn his attention to reforming taxes. I wish him well. But I’ve wished that same well for every president since LBJ, and it hasn’t seemed to do much good. In 1969, when Lyndon Johnson was president, the U.S. tax code was 16,500 pages long and there were three...
D.L. Stewart: Sometimes you gotta’ root for Goliath
 As the story about United Airlines v. three young girls first unfolded, it had all the makings of a major public relations disaster. The company would have received more support if it had announced that all its flights from now on would be preceded by a three-hour wait on the tarmac. In case you missed the story — and the internet storm...

Posted: 28 days ago

As the story about United Airlines v. three young girls first unfolded, it had all the makings of a major public relations disaster. The company would have received more support if it had announced that all its flights from now on would be preceded by a three-hour wait on the tarmac. In case you missed the story — and the internet storm...
D.L. Stewart: A non-review of ‘Beauty and the Beast’
 Due to a number of factors, I’m not a movie critic. One factor is that I have a hearing loss, making it difficult to evaluate technical stuff, such as dialogue. Another is that apparently I don’t know the difference between great movies and mediocre ones. Take “Citizen Kane,” which virtually every critic agrees is...

4:00 AM Saturday, Mar. 25, 2017

Due to a number of factors, I’m not a movie critic. One factor is that I have a hearing loss, making it difficult to evaluate technical stuff, such as dialogue. Another is that apparently I don’t know the difference between great movies and mediocre ones. Take “Citizen Kane,” which virtually every critic agrees is...
D.L. Stewart: On not being Jimmy Breslin
 In 42 years of columns, I never thought to write about a grave digger. Maybe I should’ve. Because writing about the man who dug John F. Kennedy’s grave was cited as prime example of what made New York newspaper columnist Jimmy Breslin great. “(Clifton) Pollard is forty-two,” the 1963 piece began. “He is a slim...

6:07 PM Tuesday, Mar. 21, 2017

In 42 years of columns, I never thought to write about a grave digger. Maybe I should’ve. Because writing about the man who dug John F. Kennedy’s grave was cited as prime example of what made New York newspaper columnist Jimmy Breslin great. “(Clifton) Pollard is forty-two,” the 1963 piece began. “He is a slim...
D.L. Stewart: You may scoff and snicker at your peril
 The suggestion by presidential adviser Kellyanne Conway that our microwave ovens are spying on us has caused all sorts of scoffing and snickering. That’s not necessarily news, of course. Just about everything Kellyanne Conway says causes scoffing and snickering. If she said there are 50 stars in the American flag, some people would...

4:00 AM Saturday, Mar. 18, 2017

The suggestion by presidential adviser Kellyanne Conway that our microwave ovens are spying on us has caused all sorts of scoffing and snickering. That’s not necessarily news, of course. Just about everything Kellyanne Conway says causes scoffing and snickering. If she said there are 50 stars in the American flag, some people would...
D.L. Stewart: A lifelong goal is inching away

5:00 AM Saturday, Mar. 11, 2017

My doctor just called with the results of my latest physical exam and the results were alarming. I’m shrinking. For most of my adult life I’ve been 6-feet tall. But now, according to his measurements, I’m officially 5’10.5.” I should, I suppose, be happy he also reported that the rest of the check-up indicated...
D.L. Stewart: True love and crunchy tacos
 If you’ve always dreamed of a Las Vegas wedding but thought the KISS Hotter Than Hell Wedding Chapel sounded a bit too stuffy for your taste, here’s great news. Soon you can get married there at a Taco Bell. The world’s leading purveyor of quesaritos, quesalupas and quesadillas has announced that, starting this summer, weddings...

5:00 AM Tuesday, Mar. 07, 2017

If you’ve always dreamed of a Las Vegas wedding but thought the KISS Hotter Than Hell Wedding Chapel sounded a bit too stuffy for your taste, here’s great news. Soon you can get married there at a Taco Bell. The world’s leading purveyor of quesaritos, quesalupas and quesadillas has announced that, starting this summer, weddings...
D.L. Stewart: Rooting for jerks, brats and “cheese eatin rats”
 Based on what I see when I surf the news on my computer and scroll down to the readers’ comments, there’s a whole lot of anger out there. And some of it has nothing to do with Donald Trump. Americans are mad as heck over just about everything and they don’t hesitate to bravely tell it to the world from the safety of their...

5:00 AM Saturday, Mar. 04, 2017

Based on what I see when I surf the news on my computer and scroll down to the readers’ comments, there’s a whole lot of anger out there. And some of it has nothing to do with Donald Trump. Americans are mad as heck over just about everything and they don’t hesitate to bravely tell it to the world from the safety of their...