Category: Opinion

What is your Christmas like?

Remembering Christmases past, my childhood comes to mind. I received my first baseball glove, ball and bat on a snowy evening. One year, a wind-up train set arrived under the tree. But perhaps the most notable gift Deborah and I received was the birth of our granddaughter, Eva, three days later. This week, we celebrate that birthday, along with the […]

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Spread love as a gift to others this season

The carols, the glowing store windows, laughs during a snowball fight; people are happy at Christmas time. There is a sense of hope and a lighter mood in the air. You can’t help but really love this time of year. I know I am excited when December rolls around. Christmas movies, no school and sleeping in is about to be […]

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Beyond the ordinary

The child was born to an unwed mother in a shelter built for animals. She couldn’t afford hospitalization and had no insurance or HMO to her name. The man who stayed close to her wasn’t the baby’s biological father. To his credit, deflecting the taunts of coworkers and the gossip of neighbors, he stuck by this woman. He said he […]

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The fog is clearing, finally

I think I am finally coming out of the fog almost two weeks after the fall. My vision is clearing a bit and the blur is going away as well as the double vision that came back for a while. • I am still bummed that I didn’t get to attend the dedication ceremony for the Shari Flaming Center for […]

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Our honest Christmas letter

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, […]

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Letters (December 20, 2017)

Regretting the holiday fretting Every year about this time, I’m reminded of a newspaper column that Lowell Goering wrote many years ago. In it, he fretted over being so busy getting ready for Christmas that he hadn’t had time to celebrate the birth of the Christ Child. I haven’t forgotten that column. It was a good one. Dave Ranney Lawrence

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Christmas then and now

Back in the mists of prehistory, also known as my childhood, I recall Christ­mas­time as a season of anticipation. I had my Christmas list written in July, and it grew steadily until Christmas Eve. My brother usually started saying, “Just you wait until you see what you’re going to get for Christmas” sometime in September. The tree usually went up […]

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You’ll ‘barley’ be in the kitchen with this recipe

With all of the extra time I seem to spend in the kitchen this time of year, I seem to feel more and more uninspired about what to make for dinner and less and less excited about spending even more of my days in front of the stove preparing food. If you find yourself in the same boat, this week’s […]

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Curmudgeonly Christmas carol comment

The women with whom I work started playing Christmas music before Thanksgiving had even arrived. While I prefer to wait until at least after the turkey has been eaten, I know them all too well to believe that this would be a winnable battle. Apparently there is a mysterious something that drives them to the early expression of holiday spirit. […]

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Our Bill of Rights

By Doug Anstaett When someone mentions the name George Mason, the first thought that may come to mind is: “Oh, yes, they have a great basketball team.” That’s true, but basketball is not the reason George Mason should be remembered by most Americans. His contribution to our nation is much more important. Mason is recognized as the Father of the […]

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