• A quest for good food

    After uprooting my little family and moving from the city back to a small town, I went into a little bit of shock when I went grocery shopping in the local markets. Years of study have led me to a lifestyle of clean eating, and …

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  • Many of us don’t have enough retirement saved

    Here’s a piece of information that shouldn’t surprise anyone: The least wealthy baby boomer and Generation X households are far more likely to run short of money in retirement. Gary and I just celebrated our 18th wedding anniversary on Sunday, and when we first got …

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  • The lost sounds of summer

    Editor’s note: This column is an excerpt from Tom Purcell’s new book, “An Apple Core, a Toilet: Misadventures of a 1970s Childhood.”    I long for the sounds of summer I knew as a kid. In the ’60s and ’70s, you see, most of our …

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  • Why customer service reps give terrible customer service

    “No ma’am, you cannot speak to my supervisor. No ma’am, I don’t even have the number for a supervisor. No ma’am, there is nothing you can do to improve this situation. I have total power over you via this phone line, and I am not …

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  • Going in debt to live the dream

    It’s like belly fat that won’t go away, and for many of us, the old saying that nothing’s certain in life but death and taxes should be revised to include student loan debt.  But for one family, even that isn’t the case after their daughter …

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  • Recap of another great fair

    Today I want to say “thank you” to the Independence County Fair Board, county officials and certainly the good people of Batesville and all over the area for putting on such a wonderful county fair year after year. You people “get it.” You consistently bring …

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  • End torture — shut down the CIA

    Remember back in April 2007, when then-CIA director George Tenet appeared on “60 Minutes,” angrily telling the program host, “we don’t torture people”? Remember a few months later, in October, President George W. Bush saying, “this government does not torture people”? We knew then it …

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Returning to the ‘old school’ Dear Editor: I want to register a few comments about some current events. First, I want to comment about the “humanitarian” crisis happening at our southern border. It is not a “humanitarian” crisis, it is nothing less that a criminal …

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  • Kids seeking asylum, find antipathy

    I might be the only syndicated columnist in the country who was raised by the state. So when lawmakers and public pontificators discuss the welfare of unaccompanied minors who’ve been dropped on our proverbial doorstep, I should probably speak up. I was a ward of …

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  • Teenagers not working doesn’t work for America

    Here’s a trend that may not bode well for the future of our country: According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, only 40 percent of 16- to 19-year-olds have summer jobs — down from 75 percent of teens a generation ago. As it …

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  • July’s done; what will August hold in store?

    When this year rolled around I started with a real effort on projecting a positive attitude, which worked until the winter blahs came along and I moved into my ho-humbug mindset. But as winter turned to spring, then summer and with all the beautiful days …

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  • Domestic violence and equality for the sexes

    As usual, all I have to do in order to come up with something to write about in an opinion column is to read a few of the news stories floating around out there. This week? It’s lawsuits, the NFL, and idiots on television (not …

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