• Applying for Medicare online quick, easy

    We have been telling people how quick and easy it is to apply for Medicare benefits online — even if you’re not ready to apply for retirement benefits. Perhaps, though, the best advocates we have for the online Medicare application are the people who are …

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  • 2012 State of the city

    Rick Elumbaugh Tonight I come before you to deliver the State of the City address. Five years ago, you elected me to bring positive change to our community. Whether it has been to faithfully balance the budget, solve our infrastructure problems or tackle the issue …

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  • Gregorian calendar’s little oddity

    Leap year is upon us and according to 800-year-old lore dating back to St. Patrick the time is ripe for anyone hoping for more love or money. To all the dreamers out there, get ready because your day fast approaches. Get some rest, dust off …

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  • Power in apology

    There are two kinds of “I’m sorry”:  The kind where you feel bad for the other person, and the kind where you take personal responsibility for what went wrong. The first kind of “I’m sorry” is easy.  You say it at funerals, “I’m so sorry …

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  • State Capitol Week in Review

    Legislative leaders and the governor’s office made progress toward a balanced budgået agreement. By the end of the second week of the fiscal session, opposing sides were no longer disputing a difference of how to spend $21 million within an overall budget of $4.7 billion. …

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  • Who is policing the food police?

    President and Mrs. Obama seem to be terrific parents and should be commended for the steps they have taken to improve the health and well-being of America’s kids. Back in December 2010, President Obama signed the “Healthy, Hunger Free Children Act” into law, and in …

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  • What a concept for U.S. auto industry

    What was billed as America’s biggest car show wrapped in Chicago Monday. Boy, American concept cars sure aren’t what they used to be. USA Today reports that “in a more cynical age of downsized dreams and tight development budgets, the wild concept car — auto …

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  • Ready for test-tube meat?

    Remember actor James Garner and the “Beef: real food for real people” commercials? We may soon see the “Beef: ambiguous food for ambivalent people” campaign. According to CNN, Dr. Mark Post, professor of vascular physiology at the University of Maastricht in the Netherlands, is turning …

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  • Able-bodied men pressed into service

    One hundred fifty years ago, the American Civil War made its way to Arkansas’ doorstep. As noted in the last column, the first shots in anger were fired within the borders of the state. The first shots were fired on Feb. 16, 1862 at Sugar …

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  • Are you frantic or focused?

    Are you aggressive or assertive? They might seem like the same thing, but they’re not. Being aggressive turns people off. But being assertive is a critical skill for anyone who wants to have fulfilling relationships, personal or professional. You’ll never get anything done if you …

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  • Homecomings, chicken addictions and family reunions

    I am sad to say that addiction in America is a tremendous problem — even in church. We have special groups around the country just to help with the problem. The problem has been growing for a long time. I know they have a local …

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  • Anybody have a day to spare?

    During the last political election cycle, we were promised change but I have not seen any of it, especially in my pants pocket.
    Then something wonderful happened. I was taking some mail to the post office and as I got out of my truck, I noticed a penny on the ground. At my age, if I have to bend down I make sure there are at least two or three things to do while I am down there. A single penny just will not do it for me. After all, what can you do with a penny?

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