• Romney’s Ryan reset: For victory or defeat?

    It seems symbolic that Wisconsin Republican Rep. Paul Ryan drove the famous Oscar Meyer Weinermobile when he was a teen. Unlike people who gleefully show their buns on San Diego’s Mission Beach, the Weinermobile was created by Oscar Meyer’s nephew, Carl G. Mayer, in 1936, …

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  • For the love of children, DO SOMETHING

    Every newspaper column and news article I’ve read about babies and toddlers dying after being left in a vehicle address the need to educate parents/caregivers of surviving children, to try to prevent additional deaths. That’s missing the boat. You can’t fix stupid. More than 550 …

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Apology offered Dear Editor: The quorum court supported small business on Aug. 13 with the tabling of tax increases till next year. I wrote a letter to this paper last week criticizing the court for what I called a “tax and spend” mentality. Monday night they …

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Bible and science Dear Editor: Often I read where people refer to the Bible as a book of myths and should be dismissed as a source of wisdom and guidance for living one’s life. However, many of the assertions of the Bible have been supported by discoveries …

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  • Ryan’s ‘youthful vigor’ won’t slow GOP death march

    As Mitt Romney announced his vice presidential running mate over the weekend, the Beltway chattering class was quick to trumpet the supposed “youthful vigor” Paul Ryan’s selection would inject in a campaign troubled by a summer of Olympic-size gaffes and sinking poll numbers. In the …

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  • Kudos to soldiers for asking ‘what if’

    We all know the drill: Innocent until proven guilty. This week it seems only right to commend a couple unnamed National Guard soldiers who notified their superiors when they thought one of their own might be serious about doing harm to others. The man charged …

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  • Barack Obama Election-Year Decathlon

    Planetary props to the city of London for a monumentally memorable 30th Olympiad. It was obvious from the opening ceremonies these would be games nobody would soon forget. From the queen jumping out of a helicopter to Charles Dickens wearing a top hat at Stonehenge …

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  • New sports at Olympics

    With memories of the 2012 Olympics fading faster than the life expectancy of North Korean athletes who failed to medal, I confess I was disappointed that new, exotic sports weren’t added to this year’s Games. So who’s for spicing up future Olympics with some dazzling, …

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  • Happy birthday, Social Security; tough cookies, everyone else

    The announcement came last week that the USDA will impose tougher penalties for food stamp rule violations. Amazingly, the food stamps cover one out of every seven Americans. That floored me. I had no idea that that many people were on food stamps. I know …

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  • In Europe, prosperity on vacation

    Boy, our friends in Europe sure know how to vacation. If they get sick while taking their employer-paid vacation, their employer now has to pay them to take another. According to The New York Times, all 27 countries within the European Union, and all employers …

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  • Newport woman known as gypsy

    Caroline Tracy Dye was born into slavery in South Carolina about 1843. Even as a child, she reportedly astounded others by foretelling events and seeing things not visible to those around her. In later years, people from throughout mid-America traveled to “Aunt Caroline’s” home for …

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  • King of rock ’n’ roll but not ‘The King’

    In 1977 the average annual income was $15,000, according to thepeoplehistory.com. Average rent was $240 and a gallon of gas was 65 cents. New York City had a massive blackout, the first Apple II computers went on sale, and “Star Wars,” “Smokey and the Bandit” …

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