So here we are, in the thick of winter. With the holiday season long gone and the promise of warmer climes still so very far away, we settle back into old routines. Puerto Rico is suffering, the root causes and secondary symptoms stemming from the same source as always — the conquistadors. The erstwhile paper of record is as full of its stultifying self-importance as ever. Major League Baseball buries itself beneath yet another cheating scandal. In the NBA, the top teams are winning, the middies muddle along, and the dregs stagger toward another lottery, toeing the fine line between respectably losing and playing the youngsters with an ethical eye on the future.