Opinion

Our Opinion: Not exactly

Our Opinion

Obamacare would cost far more than the White House was claiming, we cautioned when the federal health insurance takeover was being debated. But President Barack Obama, taking time out from assuring Americans that if we liked our health insurance and our doctors we could keep them, labeled such ...

Unplugged

Local Commentaries

Many young people today probably do not even know what the term unplugged really means. When I refer to being unplugged I mean disconnecting from everything that requires electricity. Frequently in the country we get to experience a day of being unplugged.When the electricity is off there is ...

Harry Potter — really, the best thing ever

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I've been going to Harry Potter releases basically for as long as there have been Harry Potter releases. They're typically the same: trivia, costume contests and a whole heaping helping of camaraderie.So really, the best thing ever.Saturday night was no different. Granted the medium this time ...

Tennis anyone? Golf?

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I heard this story about a guy who played tennis all his life then suddenly and mysteriously, he switched to golf. His buddies asked him why he switched and he told them that over the last few years, his tennis game was gradually getting worse and worse, but as he played more golf, his game was ...

‘Well, are you an idiot?’

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"Momma," Harper wails at me one morning as I wrestle soggy slices of bread out of their egg bath and slap them onto a nice hot griddle. "June called me an idiot."Kids learn all kinds of fun ways to use their new vocabulary when they start hanging out with other kids. I spent three years ...

I’d slept on the floor long enough

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Some people get paid to travel the world, sampling exotic foods on a television show.That sounds like a good gig.I get to write about how I get hurt. Not as good.This is the first in a two-part series that has some relation to that.My wife and I recently celebrated an anniversary.It's a special ...

Readers Speak

Letters To Editor

I am sick of illegal aliens and even legal ones voting in my country. The census counts heads, not citizen heads. The state gets electors in accordance to the population. That means those non-citizens are actually represented in our voting process. This is just wrong. When you add the ...

Our Opinion: We’re all at a loss

Our Opinion

Charles Kinsey has told reporters the North Miami, Fla., police officer who shot him admitted he did not know why he pulled the trigger. Viewers of a video recorded by a bystander may be at a loss for an answer, too.Kinsey, 47, is a therapist who was trying to calm an autistic 27-year-old ...

America’s favorite dessert

Local Commentaries

There was no doubt about it my husband loved ice cream. After barn chores were done especially in the summer months he enjoyed a big bowl of ice cream. I do not think he had any favorite flavor. He liked them all. He did not even like sundaes all that well.It is no accident that the ...

The tickling equivalent of a banzai charge

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"I'm going to bore a hole and I don't know where," I sing as I raise my hand, index finger pointed squarely at the writhing body of my four-year-old, and wind the finger clockwise in an even-tempered circle. She squeals, curls into the fetal position, turns, stretches, screams, and essentially ...

We’ll sing in the sunshine

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That was a tune written and sung by Gale Garnett in 1964. Won her two Grammies. The tune shows up on "oldies" radio from time to time. You know you're getting older when the oldies remind you of your youth.The song came up in a very unusual context the other day. Hospice held a webinar on ...

Summer in the Second City

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It has been over forty years since I last visited Chicago and boy, has the Second City changed. The Chicago I remember from the 1960's and 70's was heavily industrial, a steak and ale town. The downtown bustled, and if it wasn't particularly sophisticated, at least it was downright friendly ...

Afterthoughts

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Going fadsWhile debating the pros and cons of backyard chickens at a recent meeting, one planning commission member brought up another upcoming urban livestock fad: goats. Another member only needed a second to find the pro to that fad immediately: "Great! I won't have to mow my lawn." No ...

Catching bass in the weeds

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Fishing had been good during the last couple of hours before sunset. We caught several largemouth bass. Most were less than 13 inches-long, but a couple of 2-pound fish made things more interesting.While the sun slipped below the horizon I switched from the extra-fast action spinning rod I ...

Raising Promethea moths

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When I was 8 years old and in second grade my aunt bought me a kit to raise Monarch butterflies. I was then, and still am obsessed with butterflies. The kit came with the Monarch butterfly eggs, food for the caterpillars when they hatched and a little cardboard house to raise them in. I thought ...

Our Opinion: Nothing to celebrate

Our Opinion

Democrat Party leaders no doubt are gloating about this week's Republican National Convention in Cleveland, where the party nominated Donald Trump for president. Democrats point to discord at the convention and protests outside. And, they note gleefully, there were missteps in the speech by ...

The people choose

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor,Ya know, I'm not necessarily a fan of The Donald's, but if the delegates he won choose to vote against him - how can we continue to claim we're a democracy at all, much less the greatest one? The PEOPLE picked Trump and if the state delegates dump him in convention, what does the ...

Short of a circus

Letters To Editor

Dear editor:People have more belief in Elvis than the presidency. "He might still be alive." Meanwhile, Hillary prays to die, her only way to get praise, because if she'd stop lying, nobody would talk about her. She knows the danger of telling something that will be remembered, with her life's ...

His majesty

Letters To Editor

Dear editor,I look around at God's beautiful tapestry and I see the sky so blue as it touches the mountains of His majesty. The sun shining brightly reminds me of Jesus, who is the "light of the world." The trees blow freely in the breeze, as eagles soar high, flapping their wings. The stars ...

Protecting ours

Letters To Editor

Dear editor,God created all of us, white and black.He did not give the colored or police the right to shoot people and cause disruption in society, but it is common knowledge the criminals will find ways to get guns, for one when a person wants to sell guns go to a gun dealer, do not advertise ...