Leave Your Leatherman in D.C.

Just received the “List of Prohibited Items for Members of the Media” from the Republican National Convention. Among the items reporters may not bring “inside the security perimeter” in St. Paul: “weapons, knives (regardless of size),” “fireworks, explosives,” “tasers, stun guns, or similar devices,” “coolers,” “knitting needles,” “strollers,” “tired narratives,” “herd mentality,” and “fixation on triviality. ” (Oh, ok. So I added the last three).

Liz Cox Barrett is a freelance writer and graphic designer in Kalispell, Montana. She worked as a newspaper journalist in Denver and Kalispell for 20 years.