• Stop whining and try working

    It’s always refreshing to see another country do something stupid, especially when our own is in the middle of a mess such as this government shutdown. It’s nice to know there are idiots running things at other places on the globe and not just here …

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  • Community newspapers: Showing the importance of a good story

    I learned about the importance of telling a good story — something your publications try to do each and every day — from a Tennessean who was a dear friend of mine. His name was Alex Haley and he became famous for telling stories, in …

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  • The cornerstone of democracy

    We’ve been calling it the end of an era for a long time now. It’s supposed to be the end of newspapers, according to naysayers who have been predicting their ultimate demise for years. But the facts prove the newspaper industry is growing and transforming …

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  • Quitting Facebook

    It started out innocently enough — a way to re-connect with old friends, and keep in touch with current ones. Then, there were the marketing aspects. Here was an online place everyone was sure to frequent. I could show them my photography, my digital art …

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  • Your community, your newspaper, your life

    As newspaper executives struggle over whether the news should be digital first, tablet first, SMS first or print first, readers know exactly what they want their local newspaper to be — community first. Reading a newspaper is not like reading a novel, a magazine, a …

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  • In 1783, British attacked Arkansas Post

    The American Revolutionary War was mostly fought in colonies along the eastern sea coast. However, in a strange turn of events, the war spilled into Arkansas on April 17, 1783. Arkansas and vast territories west of the Mississippi River were under Spanish rule at the …

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  • Still as relevant as ever – Newspapers: Vital part of community

    Where was it that you heard about the so-called demise of the newspaper? Probably, you read about it in your daily newspaper; because, as Mark Twain, a journalist himself, was able to write to a friend: “The report of my death was an exaggeration.” And …

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  • GOP Breaking Bad

    You can smell it as soon as you drive into town. Gilroy, Calif., calls itself the “Garlic Capital of the World,” due to its big garlic crop and its top-of-the line Gilroy Garlic Festival, which features authentic garlic ice cream. At first you can’t pinpoint …

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  • Monitoring teens’ social media isn’t going too far

    A school district in suburban Los Angeles has recently been all over the news for its decision to hire an outside investigation firm to monitor students’ social media. The school in Glendale, Calif., is paying a company called GEO Listening $40,500 to monitor the social …

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  • Some blue-collar horse sense needed

    Editor note: The following is an excerpt from Tom Purcell’s new book, “Comical Sense: A Lone Humorist Takes on a World Gone Nutty!” available at amazon.com.   The article in The Washington Post filled me with hope: There’s a trend toward college-educated people getting into …

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  • The collegiate football experience

    Lyon to take on rival Hendrix When I set foot on the Middlebury College campus in the Champlain Valley in Vermont, I was a long way from major college football. Middlebury is a Division III school and a member of the New England Small College …

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  • Recharges good, like a cigarette should?

    Having been bombarded with umpteen Internet ads for “electronic cigarettes,” I resolved to find out what the dadblamed things are. An e-cigarette, I found, is a battery-powered device that delivers a fine spray of nicotine without any flame or smoke (although it does have a …

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