• It’s true: Only a select few run this town

    I have heard all my life is that only a select few people run a town. I used to not believe that but now I do — but not for the reasons most might think. It’s because no one else seems to care or want …

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  • Letters to the Editor

    Questioning county money for dance program, others To the editor: In the article “JPs fund NADT, reduce others,” I found their reasoning perplexing. I have trouble understanding how a group of 25 dancers whose membership is limited to “anyone who has completed dance training” is appropriate for a grant, while the …

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  • Patton, Ike and my teenage boys

    I recently took my two teenage sons to a talk by Frank Kravetz, a 90-year-old World War II veteran who survived Hitler’s Nuremberg prisons. Frank published his story in a memoir, “Eleven Two: One WWII Airman’s Story of Capture, Survival and Freedom.” Frank’s ordeal began …

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  • Navy sells historic Forrestal carrier for one penny

    The Navy has sold America’s first Supercarrier, the USS Forrestal, for one cent. That’s right, for one penny. Technically, it’s the ex-USS Forrestal, since it was decommissioned on Sept. 11, 1993, after more than 38 years of service. That is very sad. The USS Forrestal …

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  • Hi-Yo Silver! Away to the butcher shop!

    The practice of slaughtering horses as a source of meat for humans will soon be legal again in the United States for the first time since the post war food shortage following World War II. Last week a New Mexico judge, U.S. District Judge Christina …

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  • Roosevelt and Veterans Day

    As we celebrate Veterans Day this year, it is instructive to consider the contributions of our presidents to our nation’s defense and military. Of America’s 43 presidents, 31 have served in the military. Ten, most notably George Washington, Andrew Jackson, Ulysses S. Grant and Dwight …

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  • Baseball: A game of and for the ages

    Roughly 15 million people watched each of the six games between Boston and St. Louis on TV last month, while here in the Phoenix metroplex a concurrent amateur World Series sparked every bit as much passion, maybe even more, among 324 adult baseball teams. So, …

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Wake up, veterans To the Editor: Veterans Day is coming up. We want to say “thank you, veterans” for what you have done for our country, our children and grandchildren. Wake up, veterans, wives and widows! Do you not care anymore? We have close to 50 veterans …

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  • Touch screens can lead to being out of touch

    There’s no question that the rise of touch screens has made our lives just a little bit easier. Need a quick recipe while scanning the pantry for ingredients? Easy to pull up on the tablet. Want to check the weather to see if you need …

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  • Empty box just as fun as toys from catalog

    It’s that time of year — retailers are sending out toy catalogs and sale bills galore. I can remember when my siblings and I were little and the Sears or JC Penney wish books arrived at our house — oh the possibilities! The excitement! The …

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Drug dealers are taking over To the Editor: As we hear of the drug lords running Mexico, I remember the words of the professor who taught the first course in marriage counseling at Arlington State, Dallas, Texas. He was interesting to listen to and had experience running the old …

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  • Veterans Day: Is anybody listening?

    Veterans Day brings to mind one of the favorite anecdotes of my late father, Lewis Tyree. Dad was inducted into the U.S. Army at the tail end of World War II. During basic training, the drill instructor demonstrated how to disarm a knife-wielding assailant. One …

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