Friday Mailbag: Luke Simons, ‘Hit Pieces’, the ‘it’S Just the Flu’ Argument, and the Price of Insulin


MINOT, N.D. — Is anyone else tired of outrage? We’ve become addicted to it. Many things warrant outrage, of course, but so much of our modern culture is built around finding things to be outraged about. From Facebook and Twitter to traditional news outlets, our media deliver a steady stream of it, as do the politicians and the activists, and we, with an unquenchable appetite, gobble it all up.

I’m old enough to remember when apathy was considered one of society’s great problems. Now I wonder if we all care a bit too much.

On that not-so-cheery note, it’s time to celebrate this Friday with some mailbag questions. Feel free to email me any time at, or hit me up on Twitter. Submissions may be edited for clarity and brevity.

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