About Marc Dion

Marc Dion

Marc Dion

Marc Munroe Dion—award-winning veteran reporter and Pulitzer Price-nominated newspaper columnist—is an old-school newsman who fell out of a Frank Capra movie, complete with pipe and fedora. Born in the struggling former cotton mill town of Fall River, Mass., Dion’s sense of humor sounds more like a barroom than a newsroom, and his political observations are more concerned with issues than political parties. Dion’s column, “Living and Dion,” has appeared in The Herald News for 24 years.

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Old Man and Cat Talk While the Country Sickens and Dies Jul 03, 2020

The radio station where I work part time has 12 parking spaces in the lot, though there are seldom more than seven cars parked between the yellow lines. There is a cemetery at one edge of the lot, a cemetery from the 1700s because this is Massachuset... Read More

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Yassuh, Or How to Become a Racial Icon Jun 26, 2020

Poor Aunt Jemima. Gone from the syrup container, she is mourned by everyone who mourns Amos 'n' Andy, Stepin Fetchit, Birmingham Brown and every other comforting image of Black people as kitchen help, slightly larcenous goofballs or paragons of lazin... Read More

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How Not to Get COVID-19 at a Trump Rally Jun 19, 2020

All right. Don't touch me. I don't want to get sick. The virus, ya know. You? You got more guts than me. You're a patriot. A Proud Boy. If they still had White Citizens' Councils, you'd join one. You're a fine person. And because you're a proud fine ... Read More

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The Colors of Romance Jun 12, 2020

"I have black friends." "I don't see color." "All lives matter." "I never owned a slave." Yup. Yup. Yup. You're a leader in the civil rights movement. Accept the thanks of a grateful nation. "Shoot a few of 'em. They'll stop rioting." "Send in the Ar... Read More