Category: Opinion

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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A solution for when you’re rolling in dough

This past weekend, my cousin and his wife were in town from Colorado, so we got together for lunch as a family. My grandma brought her amazing cherry and apple pies along for us to enjoy, and I had to laugh at my cousin and his wife (they were just married this fall), as they shared a piece of pie. […]

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What we need

If the Christmas story teaches us anything, it is that the more certain we are that we can predict, or even identify, the intervention of God in this world, the more we should expect to be surprised by our miscalculation: The Holy One delivered his son into this world as a helpless baby, born in a barn in a forgotten […]

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Disgusting behavior in D.C.

The topic of sexual harassment has taken over the news these days. The generation before us was pretty good at it, and it has been going on for years with all generations. I do believe the culture is changing, but I think Carly Fiorina, former CEO of HP and candidate for U.S. president in 2016, nailed it when she said […]

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Warming up to hockey ice

Warming up to hockey ice

You’ve heard the quote, “You miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take”? I’ve referred to it many times, mostly when trying to prod myself forward with less fear of failure and more tolerance of risk. For some reason, though, I’ve always framed this quote in a basketball context. As in, if you don’t shoot the ball, you’ll never […]

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