Category: Opinion

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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Another bout with injury

Last Saturday evening, Dec. 2, when I went out to our garage to put a pizza box in our recycling I never imagined what would happen next. I still don’t remember it, but as I was going up the steps back into the house, I grabbed for the railing and missed, falling backward from the top step of two and […]

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Infants represent a best future

Infants represent a best future

Rosaline Evelia and Dylan Jordan, brand-new twin grandbabies, born Dec. 6. As we study William Shake­speare’s classic “Romeo and Juliet,” I often ask my English I students if they believe in love at first sight. The responses are mixed. Some point out it takes a while for people to get to know each other before they can fall head over […]

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My grown-up Christmas list

“Do you remember me; I sat upon your knee. I wrote to you with childhood fantasies. Well, I’m all grown up now and still need help somehow. I’m not a child but my heart still can dream…. So here’s my lifelong wish, my grown-up Christmas list…. “ —David Foster/Linda Thompson It’s time to let the blame lie where it should. […]

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Letters (December 13, 2017)

Another view of the feral cat issue There is no such thing as a community cat (“Options available to help address ferel cat problems,” Dec. 6 issue). This contrived term has been promulgated by TNR (Trap-Neuter-Release) advocates in an attempt to convince the public that domestic cats are a natural part of the landscape. They are not. TNR began decades […]

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Combatting the ‘Christmas creep’

by Shelby Johnson I love Christmas. The feeling of love and happiness, the gleaming lights, shimmering glittery bows, and the giddiness. But starting the holiday season before I collect my Halloween candy? Too soon. This phenomenon is often called “Christmas creep.” Merchandisers and retailers thrive off our love for Christmas. The average American citizen says he or she plans to […]

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