This is what’s wrong with America in these modern times. A newspaper publisher and a mayor get into a fist fight and then both go whining to the police to press charges. Why, there was a time when the fight would have ended and the two would go off nursing their wounds with no thought of getting the authorities involved.

But, not today. Now there have to be legal ramifications. It’s the equivalent of two kids getting into a fight in the schoolyard and then running the tell the teacher. Usually, when there’s a fist fight, one of the parties deserves to be punched. The time-honored fist fight was a great improvement over that earlier score-settler, the duel. At least both parties leave alive when only fists are involved.

Nowadays, though, the real fighting takes place in front of a judge. To some, that seems more civilized, but I’m not so sure.