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  • I'll take every one I can get

    I had a birthday a couple of weeks ago. Like always, I prefer to spend my birthday with little fanfare, as little chaos as possible, and in a quiet ma ...
    Feb. 15, 2017 - 1:46 pm
  • The World Series champion Chicago Cubs visited the White House recently. Have you ever visited the White House? If so, what are your recollections? If not, would you like to visit it someday?

    I have no desire to go inside the White House. I'm not sure why. It's just never been one of the places on my bucket list, and I don't think it will e ...
    Jan. 31, 2017 - 3:31 pm
  • Coloring outside the lines

    One day we got an envelope in the mail announcing an essay contest. The essay was supposed to be about an American hero. My mom told me about it, and ...
    Jan. 31, 2017 - 3:27 pm
  • Coffee anyone?

    The news is full of the latest new study on whether you and I should partake of the beverage coffee. I’ve read a good many of those reports. It could ...
    Feb. 1, 2017 - 8:12 am
  • When the cupboards are bare

    In 2016, the Bureau County Food Pantry served fewer households (118) and fewer individuals (290) than it did in 2015. The same holds true for the Hall ...
    Jan. 27, 2017 - 3:20 pm
  • Can the media hold politicians accountable?

    If you watched Donald Trump’s recent press conference, you may have overlooked a telling and worrisome moment. A CNN reporter tried to ask the then-pr ...
    Jan. 27, 2017 - 3:18 pm
  • Can we put the bounce back in our step?

    I decided to “get outta Dodge” for a couple of weeks. I have landed in Thomasville, Georgia (pop. 19,000), just north of the Florida panhandl ...
    Jan. 27, 2017 - 3:18 pm