• Hillary speculation won’t die

    If Julia Louis-Dreyfus can be “Veep,” then why not Hillary Clinton? The notion has been kicked around in the media for more than a year, and pooh-poohed by both the secretary of state herself and the Obama campaign, but as the 2012 race heats up …

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  • State Capitol Week in Review

    The national “Click It or Ticket” campaign will be May 21-June 3, when law enforcement officers will be on the lookout for drivers who are not wearing a seat belt. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), last year more than 22,000 Americans …

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  • Judge Isaac Parker – the “hanging judge”

    Craig Ogilvie “… the rest is history!” Being tagged with the moniker “hanging judge,” was totally unfair to Judge Isaac Parker. During the years of his service (1875-96), only capital offenses of rape and murder were punishable by death. However, it was not the judge’s …

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  • Giggling the pounds away

    Finally, someone has come up with a weight loss program I can sink my teeth into without guilt. And, I say it’s about time. I can’t speak for anybody else, but I’m fed up with diet programs that simply beat me to death. I’m tired …

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  • Time brings changes: My history of the farm

    It must have been somewhere around the spring of 1948 that my dad, A.A. Heuer, met Mr. Blandford in the post office and asked him if he would like to sell his farm, as his son Don was looking for one. He told my dad …

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  • Goodnight moon, goodnight America

    Addressing Congress on May 25, 1961, President Kennedy challenged America and set a seemingly impossible goal — sending a person to the moon by the end of the decade. Kennedy’s ambitious dream was realized by the Apollo program, and, since that time, manned space exploration …

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  • Let’s declare a war on stupid

    America is not the “social issue fixer-upper in disrepair” Progressives make her out to be. Instead, America is the “world’s last great hope,” and will continue to be, just as soon as we are able to get our head above the water economically. The wave …

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  • Bottom line on gay rights

    Rick Baber “Into Focus” Here it comes — the end of the world. The president of the United States has come out of the closet and admitted that he is gay. His marriage to the lovely Michelle was a sham. Now, before we can blink …

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  • Tricky call: Deciding when to hold news

    Journalists are in the business of telling the news, not hiding it. But there are times — very few times, despite conspiracy-and-bias claims fueled by a media-criticism cottage industry — when news organizations do decide to hold the news that they know. These instances are …

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  • Meaning of life in two words

    Beyond food and shelter, people of all ages have two core emotional needs: connection and meaning. We want close personal relationships while we’re on this planet, and we want to make a contribution that outlasts our stay on it. Our deepest desire is to make …

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  • Apologies if family members were upset

    It was never my intent to cause any heartbreak in my column published May 7 about the talented actress, producer, screenwriter, Academy Award winner Lisa Blount, who died in 2010 and is buried in a local cemetery. For those who didn’t read it, I wrote …

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  • Should college football be abolished?

    Does Buzz Bissinger score a touchdown with you, or do you find him personally foul? The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist (author of the 1988 bestseller and cautionary tale “Friday Night Lights”) has stirred up quite a firestorm with a recent Wall Street Journal article declaring “Why …

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