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Local Commentaries

Snafu puts income, insurance at risk

By ROBERT STANGER Social Security, which dates back to the Great Depression year of 1935 and the administration of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, has certainly been a boon to our family. Basically, as is the case with millions of other recipients, it has allowed my wife and me to ...

Charm of rural living

I have now lived in this area for more than 50 years. My husband, a dairy farmer, brought me to this area. When we first moved here, we lived in a trailer. We had to be near his work. His parents allowed us to move the trailer into their yard. It was small, but it was ours. We had two ...

Dear Abby, I miss you

Ten years ago in this space, I mourned the loss of Dear Abby. Abigail Van Buren had died at age 94. I felt like a wise old member of the family had passed on – similar to the way I felt the day Erma Bombeck passed … the day the laughter died. Like everyone else, I met both those ladies in ...

What’s in a name? Depends on your party affiliation

Here are some made up words, terms and truths: ¯ R. I. N. O: Republican in name only – term applied when supposedly a GOP member was not aligned with party ideology. Under Trump and since, there is no official Republican Party platform; policy was what Donald Trump said it was. Platform ...

Finding a spiritual hero to shape lives in Ignatius

Editor’s note: This saint series will feature a saint and how he or she is a meaningful example for us today. Pope Francis wrote that “the saints help all the faithful” for “their lives are concrete proof that it is possible to put the Gospel into practice.” St. Ignatius’ example ...

The growing up years

Growing up in the 1940s and ’50s was a lot different than growing up is today. Life was so much simpler. Each morning during the summer I got up and had chores to do. We lived with my grandparents. Grandma was in charge of overseeing my chores. After chores were done, I was free to play ...