Raw water? That’s hard to swallow

One connoisseur described the beverage’s exquisite “vaguely mild sweetness.” He extolled its “nice smooth mouth feel, nothing that overwhelms the flavor profile.” The latest pricey pinot? A fine vintage Bordeaux? No, he was talking about “raw water” — unfiltered, untreated, unsterilized H2O fresh from somewhere other than a treatment plant.

Know-nothings for the 21st century

These days calling someone a “know-nothing” could mean one of two things. If you’re a student of history, you might be comparing that person to a member of the Know Nothing party of the 1850s, a bigoted, xenophobic, anti-immigrant group that at its peak included more than 100 members of Congress and eight governors. More likely, however, you’re suggesting that said person is willfully ignorant, someone who rejects facts that might conflict with his or her prejudices.

Congress, let the states set marijuana policy

The momentum behind America’s marijuana movement has been unstoppable. Illinois and 28 other states have legalized medical marijuana. Eight states now allow the sale of recreational pot; the latest is California, where proponents expect the recreational use market will become the world’s largest.