Articles By: Paul Penner

?Home? is worth guarding

There really is no place like home. Such sentiments generally come from watching old movies, like ?The Wizard of Oz.? Whether we choose to believe in such sentimental notions is a personal decision. However, a trip abroad might change one?s mind. One can only imagine seeing the world, one step at a time, especially in the way Ameri?can soldiers saw […]

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Time can fly slow and fast

?Time flies when you?re having fun.? Or so they say. Time marches on whether we are having fun or not. The difference is how one sees time in relation to our awareness of its passage. As a child, time seemed agonizingly slow. I could not wait for Dad to come home from work. All of the holidays took forever to […]

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Gluten concerns exaggerated

“I?m gluten intolerant.? ?Every time I eat wheat products, I get sick.? ?I went online and read about the symptoms of gluten sensitivity. I concluded I had it, so our family no longer eats anything that has gluten in it.? ?I watched Dr. Oz on television, and he had the author of the ?Wheat Belly? book, and they are very […]

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Politics sours Christmas spirit

Christmastime is here, but I am feeling like Charlie Brown as he and Linus are about to join the rest of the gang to skate on the ice in, ?A Charlie Brown Christ?mas.? It doesn?t feel like Christmastime. Why? One word: Politics. Maybe two words: Politics and religion. Correction: Make that politics, religion, belief and practice. Two months have passed […]

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Thanksgiving is hard for some

This is Thanks?giv?ing week. Cele?brat?ing this holiday is definitely an Ameri?can tradition. When our children were young, an addition to this tradition consisted of watching the Charlie Brown video, ?It?s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.? I especially liked the recitation of the story of the first feast of Thanksgiving, of Stanley Miles, aka leader of the Pilgrim colony, Miles Standish, […]

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Subway policy is pure baloney

Subway, I am crossing you off my list of places to patronize. I cannot condone your recently announced decision to remove meat that is not certified antibiotic free. Readers, did you know the USDA monitors and verifies there are no antibiotics present in processed and commercially sold meat? If not, you do now. Apparently, Subway did not get the memo, […]

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No candidate truly presidential

We are still more than a year away from the presidential elections and I am already sick of the political bickering. In my opinion, there?s not one publically declared candidate on either side that is fully qualified to hold the highest office of the land. Only two, possibly three, have demonstrated abilities that gives them the credentials to run. And […]

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Falling prices weighing heavily

Commodity prices have tumbled and, based on recent commodity reports, they might fall even more. How much further can they go? Oh, what a difference a year makes! Back then, we were thinking that a $6 price for wheat was low and $5 wheat was unthinkable. Now, it is threatening to drop below $4. When I think about the drop […]

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We need longterm roads plan

The condition of our county?s roads are steadily deteriorating by the year. There is no easy solution that would quickly improve their condition. This is a result of longterm neglect and perhaps not having the political will to designate a portion of the budget to focus on a longterm plan for improvement. In a nutshell, the nature of most taxpayers […]

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Maybe we?re to blame after all

?We have met the enemy and he is us.? ?POGO This quote, written by cartoonist Walt Kelly more than 40 years ago, is as appropriate now as it ever has been. Given our dismal state of affairs in public or private?no pun intended?whether it?s about finances or our social welfare, there?s much blame to go around. Yet all we read […]

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