Every week, the Ripon Commonwealth Press runs Hearts & Darts and/or Quote of the Week on one of its opinion pages.

Here is what made Hearts & Darts for the Jan. 21, 2021 issue.

Hearts & Darts
  • Hearts to nationally syndicated “Sound Advice” newspaper columnist Don Lindich for again proving to be the chief cheerleader for Speed Queen products. In a column headlined “Ripon’s Speed Queen’s washers are a marvel” published in the Milwaukee Journal, Lindich quoted a customer who wrote of the TR5 top-loader: “This thing is magical. It runs everything in half the time, gets it way cleaner, the clothes come out nearly dry, and somehow leaves them fluffier (no idea how that works). My wife is absolutely dumbfounded that her whites are actually ... white! Never in our lives have we had such a good washing experience.” Hearts, again, to the gang at Alliance Laundry Systems whose north stars are quality, value and durability.
  • Darts to the new jargon of 2020: “piece.” Instead of saying “component,” “part,” “section,” “bit,” “fragment,” “segment” or “allotment,” everything now is a “piece.” Although this has been popularly adopted — listen for it — we trace this back to White House Coronavirus Task Force briefings (remember those?), when Dr. Birx often referred to a “piece” of data studied in “granular detail” (more jargon). The virus isn’t the only “piece” that is spreading.

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