The front page of my paper offered a story this morning. It was, again, front page, above the fold. I was relieved to learn that;
Whew. As a father of two in college I feel a lot better as I would like to retire in seven years, but probably cannot for anther ten at least as of right now. Of course Sallie Mae is not a parent, but the comments were made on behalf of the student lender through Sarah Ducich, Sallie Mae’s senior vice president for public policy. Sallie Mae makes an interesting argument, but I don’t agree with the way the concept is framed, hence this post. As I do in “Phraseology” here are some key phrases from the original article which is linked if you click on the article title;
There once was a story about a Gov. named Ed, poor Philadelphia man, mostly kept his state in red, then one day he was spendin’ out his a#%, and out from the ground game a hissin gas…Marcellus that is, natural gas, Pennsylvania cash…
If it helps that introduction sort of goes with the Beverly Hillbillies theme song [a show on TV Land for those of you under forty].
In “Parse-imony” I break down current news stories with my pithy, running commentary…
First the headline:
Nearly two-thirds of Pennsylvanians oppose creating a voucher system that would use tax dollars to pay private-school tuition, according to a public opinion poll released yesterday. [Sounds bad for voucher proponents]
The poll, commissioned by a coalition of groups opposed to school vouchers [What are the chances that a poll commissioned by a “coalition” of groups opposed to vouchers will get these results?], was conducted by Terry Madonna Opinion Research. Madonna is a political science professor at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster County.
Start with a headline to catch your attention.
For-profit college debt brings burdens
Follow up with a subhead that nails it and creates the mood.