Category: Staff Soapbox

Getting defensive about driving

One of my favorite lines in Dustin Hoffman?s movie, ?Rainman,? was, ?I?m an excellent driver.? In the movie, though, Hoffman was not an experienced driver like I am, or so I thought. Let me explain. Several years ago, our son Joey took driver?s education. He was taught the rules of the road behind the wheel and in the classroom. It […]

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Tornado memories vivid, traumatic

Injuries from tornadoes can be vicious. The news of the Moore, Okla., tornado in May brought back many memories. Parents who don?t want children to read accounts of bloodshed and suffering both for humans and animals should not allow them to read my column this week. In my time with newspapers, I?ve seen more injuries and deaths from tornadoes than […]

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With spring comes outdoor fun

I think?maybe?spring is finally showing itself, which means it?s time to go out and play. Younger people might want to play in the park, enjoy a game of baseball, go swimming or even catch lightning bugs. It was a neat thing to do at night and only required a jar, holes cut in a lid and grass. For the more […]

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Fracking could drain reservoir level

You?d think this was an old problem that was solved years ago with construction of Marion Reservoir. I have talked to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers people in the past who said water supplies for communities like Marion and Hillsboro are minor compared to the total volume of water that passes through Marion Reservoir. But there is a new potential […]

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Grandma-to-be anticipates changes

Our daughter, Tracy, and son-in-law, Stephan, are expecting their first child in less than three weeks. Even though they are 5,000 miles away, we are lucky grandparents because we have Skype. When our daughter was born in 1980, it was still the ?dark ages? as far as technology. But now with Skype, it?s almost like being in the same room […]

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Habits lead to being rich or poor

Whether you are rich or poor largely depends on your own habits. Yes, some of us are born to wealth and others are born to poverty. But we live in largely a free country where our own habits can cause us to lose our money if we are rich, or gain our money if we are poor. There is at […]

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Becoming a parent a careful choice

When my children became young adults, it wasn?t uncommon for friends and acquaintances to ask if we had any grandchildren yet. My standard answer was: ?Yes, I have two cats.? Deep down, I would love nothing more than to be a grandmother, but I wouldn?t ever want to pressure my children to make my wish come true. I believe having […]

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Views from the ?cliff? may surprise

I don?t like looking over the fiscal cliff as conjured by our politicians. Before the elections, it bothered me enough that I was thinking a total turnover in politicians might be the better thing for the United States. I especially was thinking that Romney needed to be elected for the good of the country, no more Obama. But apparently some […]

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Looking positively at next birthday

I learned a new word this week: gerontophobia. It means the fear of getting old. With my 60th birthday only a few weeks away, I was thinking about the fact I am no ?spring chicken.? Instead of focusing on the negatives, though, I decided to look at all the positives. For example, I have chalked up almost six decades of […]

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Looking positively at next birthday

I learned a new word this week: gerontophobia. It means the fear of getting old. With my 60th birthday only a few weeks away, I was thinking about the fact I am no ?spring chicken.? Instead of focusing on the negatives, though, I decided to look at all the positives. For example, I have chalked up almost six decades of […]

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