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Columns

  • Thoughts on elections, as well as Matthews

    Last week this paper included an article on verbal slips made by Republican candidates during a recent local forum.  One candidate, while referring to three priorities, included “smaller government” twice.  Another, speaking of Coburg, said “Cobern,” and so on.      

    Next to this news article was one having to do with primary elections.  The second paragraph begins with the words “There is only three contested races...” We who live in glass houses, as the saying goes.    

  • Technology might offer too much for candidates

    Typically, I’m a technology guy.

    When I was a single man, I bought all the new gadgets as soon as they came out. Satellite radio, digital video recorders, game consoles, whatever new electronic there was, I wanted it.

    Even now that I’m married and with two children and reprioritized financial goals, I still ooh and aah at a distance at kindles and laptops and MP3 players.

    With that said, I’m not 100 percent sold on the newest technology offered by our County Auditor.

  • Guest Editorial | Jennifer Horner

    I’m writing this letter on a beautiful Sunday morning. Not long ago, I witnessed a perfect example of why we need, not what most people refer to as “mandatory trash” pickup, but what I like to call “provided trash” pickup. I’m not implying it be “free”, of course, but “provided” for a reasonable fee, by the City which contracts out the service—similar to a utility.

  • Some war poetry by Major John McRae

    In a few days many of us will listen to the recital of a poem written by John McRae.  There is more to the verse than what we hear.   

    McRae, according to biographical material, was a Canadian, a physician, and a surgeon.  As a young doctor he served during the Boer war, after which he returned home to resume private practice.  

    He was, in part due to his experience in treating war-inflicted injuries, asked to teach.  This he did, over a period of time, at numerous universities.  

  • Balanced budget rhetoric is all talk

    Anytime you got to a candidate forum for a primary, chances are you will hear a lot of similar comments.

    With the exception of County races, whether its Democrats or Republicans, chances are candidates for state and federal positions aren’t going to stray too far from the party line.

    So I can’t say I was too surprised at last week’s Republican candidate, I heard a lot about smaller government (except for when it comes to social issues), spending less and giving tax breaks.

  • Is your news really considered news?

    by Cherie Miner

    Do you assume your news sources present unbiased facts and information?  Do you trustfully consume this news without ever questioning where it came from and who decided what to include and what to leave out?

    If so, you’re probably being manipulated.  

  • Jessup and his consuming of pills

    195 years ago this month, in the Village of Heckington in the district of Lincolnshire, England, a wealthy stock farmer named Samuel Jessup passed from this earth.  Heaven, for him, might have been a Walgreen’s.

    Jessup distinguished himself by consuming, over the last 25 years of his life, a reported 226,934 pills.  

    He also ingested uncounted thousands of bottles of tonics, elixirs and electuaries.  

  • What breastfeeding and blonde hair have in common

    When you think of a salacious, controversial, possibly pornographic magazine cover, you don’t typically think of Time Magazine.

    Until now.

    In their edition released Friday, Time stole the national spotlight from Mitt Romney shaving a classmate and President Barack Obama supporting gay marriage with a cover depicting a mother breastfeeding her 3-year-old son.

    I didn’t fully realize how much this captured the nation’s attention until I heard it being debated on an ESPN sports radio talk show.

  • Wrongdoing on the Taxpayers’ dime

    The taxpaying public’s confidence in the federal government suffered more setbacks recently with two scandals:  excessive spending by the General Services Administration and allegations of misconduct within the Secret Service.  The actions by employees in these agencies have led to internal and congressional investigations that call into question the culture of the bureaucratic hierarchy.

  • Hauling the chickens to Texas

    Just over a year ago Orscheln’s had a big day, selling me three barred rock chicks. Manager Tom Pratt assured us they were quality and by late summer we were getting eggs. With the approach of winter, wife made plans for Texas —plans that included the hens. I said no.  Hauling chickens that far was absurd. We were not going to do it.