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Columns

  • On the Side| Brad Hicks

     I have an interesting circle of friends with whom a debate always winds up in laughs. It’s great when people can get together to discuss some of the more pressing matters of the day, and walk away from it knowing whether there were disagreements or agreements, that close friendship status was and is never endangered.

  • The Time Capsule | Roy Marshall

     Snow and cold and the long wait for spring brings to mind an apple tree – a tree that was 20 years old and about 10 inches tall. Nicely shaped, if the tree had been of normal size it would have fit nicely in an orchard. On it was a single, full-size, ripe red apple. The fruit was resting on a stand built by the owner, who feared the tiny branch would break from the weight. 

  • Guest | Editorial

    By Harold Pease, Ph. D

    Just three weeks ago, Dec. 28, President Barack Obama created the Bears Ears National Monument in Southeastern Utah and the Gold Butte National Monument in Nevada just northeast of the outskirts of Las Vegas. He used the 1906 Antiquities Act to set aside 1.35 million acres surrounding San Juan County’s Cedar Mesa in Utah and 300,000 acres in southern Nevada. Never mind that the Bears Ears designation was opposed by every elected official in Utah.

  • On the Side| Brad Hicks

    While the news elites try to make us think we should be most concerned about what Donald Trump tweets, Americans are impacted by more-concerning things.

    Last week, buried in the piles of news about whether the Russians hacked the political parties and tried to influence our elections – they did, and they have for years, respectively, just as we have theirs – a bedrock retailer announced it was closing more stores.

  • The Time Capsule | Roy Marshall

    Adam Sackowitz was a second grader at Bowling Green Elementary in Westbury, N.Y., when Senator John Glenn became the oldest man to fly in space and the only one to fly in both the Mercury and the Space Shuttle Program. 

  • Miner Queries | Cherie Miner

    Congress returned to Washington last week to prepare for one-party rule under President-elect Trump. So what was the GOP’s first order of business? As the Washington Post reported on Monday evening, Jan. 2, House Republicans met in secret to vote to end an independent congressional ethics office. 

  • On the Side| Brad Hicks

    When it happened, the building shook.

    It caught me off guard, that’s for sure. Everyone who looked at it said there wasn’t much to it. 

    Oh, sure, there were a couple of long iron beams that held it in place, but the vertical sign in the middle was nothing more than a thin piece of tin with plastic letters. 

  • The Time Capsule | Roy Marshall

     We took a ride on Christmas Day to attend services in Lewis, where I grew up.  The church there is one we’ve returned to several times during the past twenty years, almost always for a funeral.  

  • The Montgomery County History Center | Dave McFarland

    The year is 1874. We find one of local residence not enjoying the full measure of marital bliss. It seems he’s getting a chilly treatment from his wife, colder than anything to be experienced outside even considering the January weather. The only warmth to be had was from her chiding words. She had gone even so far as accusing him of being the cheapest man in the county and maybe even beyond. All this seemed to stem from the fact that in his thrift, he had not bought her a Christmas gift. He was now learning the true cost of his thrift.

  • The Time Capsule | Roy Marshall

    This column presents an occasional quiz, which have prompted an occasional comment. A memorable one came in the form of a card sent a couple of years ago by Ruby from Villisca, who shared an opinion about the questions. 

    I saw Ruby shopping in one of our fine local grocery stores a few days ago, was reminded of the quiz, and decided to cap off the holidays with one on a pleasant feature of the season: food. Ruby may find these easy. Others will miss one or two, and only a weasel would ask google.