• Ye Lorde and Ladye!

    Walking up to a dark entrance Saturday night at the Southside Middle School was a bit of a challenge in my high heels; however, I suppose they didn’t have porch lights back in the 1600s. And that’s where I, along with nearly 300 others, stepped …

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  • Why the story of your job becomes the story of your life

    When someone asks you what you do for a living, how do you answer? And equally, or perhaps even more important, what does your face look like? Compare and contrast these scenarios: Teacher A answers with a heavy sigh, “I teach high school.” Teacher B …

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  • Squatting on the U.S. Flag

    If you believe the recently released Senate Intelligence Committee torture report, you might be tempted to conclude that the CIA lied to the press and the public and to Congress about the extent and effectiveness of its torture campaign. And that conclusion would be correct, …

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  • What the world wants isn’t what he wants

    It’s hard to believe that another Christmas has almost come and gone. Why does time have to speed up the older we get. I’m certainly not so old that I’ve forgotten how “agonizing” it was waiting for Christmas Day. The closer Dec. 25 got, the …

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Dear editor: I want to know why it’s called freedom of speech if we have to watch what we say or how we say things. That is going against the constitution that was written by our forefathers for us. We shouldn’t have to watch what …

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  • Start off the New Year right — set financial goals

    With the new year about to start, many people begin looking at setting goals they want to achieve in 2015. They might set goals for their health or fitness, for example. It’s important to set financial goals as well. Many people wish their finances would …

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  • I love loosies and the people who sell them

    The cops who ganged up on Eric Garner, got him into a chokehold, and mashed his face into the sidewalk didn’t intend to kill him. They intended only to show him who’s boss on the streets of Staten Island — and show him in a …

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  • Driving Mrs. Lacy

    One day my grandma, Suretta Lacy, was feeling down so her friend Jim decided to take her out to dinner to cheer her up. I can just picture the fragile couple helping one another to the car. Not long into their trip they noticed a …

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  • Missing ‘holiday angels’

    There isn’t any time of year that’s any easier than another to lose a loved one. But the holidays are definitely the toughest. And as many of you know, the oddest thing can act as a memory trigger. You can be looking through a junk …

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Studying insurance terms, definitions takes sting out of shopping for plans There’s no doubt about it. Health insurance can be confusing. Next to affordability, lack of knowledge is a major factor that prevents people from following through with signing up for healthcare coverage under the …

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  • Ho, ho, ho, on the Death Star we go …

    My 11-year-old came home from school a few days ago and informed me that some kids on the bus have told her if she doesn’t believe in Santa, she isn’t a Christian. No folks, I’m not kidding. Now I’ve always told my kids they aren’t …

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  • Lights are flickering, and halls are decked

    Flickering lights shimmered in the breeze hanging from trees, light poles, porch eaves and buildings as I drove around my hometown last week. It is such a heartwarming sight to see the efforts made both by our city staff and individual property owners to raise …

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