• Why pay to ‘escape the room’ when you can be stressed at home for free?

    There’s a lot of crazy ideas out there, but I had to laugh when I saw a story on the Associated Press wire last week about a new phenomenon I’d never heard of yet: Room escape attractions. Imagine being handcuffed to a person and locked …

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  • To the Editor

    Fool’s paradise — requiem for America Dear editor: The fool saith in his heart there is no God. Gather ye rosebuds as ye may For Olde Father Time comes in a-flying And that same flower smiling today Tomorrow could well be a-dying. America, America: I …

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  • Scary masks

    Hey everybody. The Midterms Are Coming! Or rather: the midterms are coming. To be most precise: themidtermsarecoming. Because the general response of the majority of Americans who aren’t stifling yawns is “yeah, whatever. Isn’t there a baseball game on?” The suspense is … non-existent. Passion …

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  • Why we get frantic, then burn out

    How many times have you worked like a fiend on something and then found yourself so burned out you couldn’t bear to even look at it again? You’re not alone. The up down cycle of intense work followed by a sloth-like period of no results …

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  • New release not for unfamiliar fans

    Putting the CD into the player, I was excited about hearing the never-before released tracks of Jerry Lee Lewis. By the album’s end I understood why the “The Knox Phillips Sessions: The Unreleased Recordings of Jerry Lee Lewis” had never been heard until now. A …

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  • New bullying problem for schools: Parents

    When you visit Brooklyn, you have to be amazed at the number of stoops. They’re scenic and historical. These graceful old stairways were often built steep because they were constructed during the era when Grand Pianos thrived, and when people would gather on the stoops …

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  • Does your school want a grenade launcher? Some campuses receiving military equipment

    There’s been a lot of uproar over what is being called the militarization of police departments who have been receiving used military surplus, but what a lot of people may not realize is that school districts have been beefing up their security as well with …

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  • Letters to the Editor

    What they’re against Dear editor: I was going to write a long letter about how Batesville bit off more than it can chew in building the ballparks that we didn’t need, the water park that we didn’t need (or want) and the mess they made …

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  • Rocktober

    Welcome to Rocktober, Baby. That’s what all the rock and roll radio stations call this, the 10th month of the year. Doesn’t require more than a casually cocked ear to realize the airwaves are flooded with concerts and giveaways and promotional tie-ins. All in the …

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  • Are you giving enough to charity?

    Was F. Scott Fitzgerald scouring through IRS data when he wrote about the differences between the very rich and the rest of us? Using statistics from itemized returns (2006-12), the Chronicle of Philanthropy (a Washington-based newspaper covering the nonprofit world) recently revealed that poor and …

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  • Hunters are very valuable

    Pretty amazing. A blogger added up the deer license sales in just a handful of states and arrived at a striking conclusion: There were over 600,000 hunters during a recent deer season. Just. In. The. State. Of. Wisconsin. He restated the number, just in case …

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  • Letters to the Editor

    What the cross represents Dear Editor: In response to Lacy Mitchell’s Sept. 15 opinion column that appeared in the Batesville Guard, let me say that I understand her confusion of what intolerance means. Just as I believe that God exists, I also believe that Satan …

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