• America’s pyramids are many but are being lost

    Thirty-five years ago, authors of a book about the world’s remaining mysteries estimated that Mexico alone contains about 100,000 stone pyramids which had not be discovered. Many of these resemble hills overgrown with jungle vegetation. In the truest sense of the word, most of these …

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  • I want to hear Daddy’s song

    Last Saturday was my family reunion on my dad’s side. It was the first one we’ve had in many years and it was way past due. Lately it seems we have only seen one another at a hospital or at a funeral and I was …

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  • Eugenics tweak

    Recently I read a news story about North Carolina lawmakers trying to figure out a way to compensate people who were involuntarily sterilized in the state from 1929 to 1974. It includes about 7,600 people. Apparently, North Carolina is one of 31 states that had …

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  • Declare independence from government

    In the course of human events it is necessary, now and again, to reaffirm some of the thoughts and principles we have lost sight of. And so it is that we need to renew our independence. More than 55 percent of Americans now receive some …

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  • A newsworthy week: Differences in coverage

    If you woke up Thursday in San Francisco, you may have seen the boxcar headline “DOUBLE VICTORY” atop the San Francisco Chronicle’s front page, the start of a 12-page report — a print celebration, really — on the U.S. Supreme Court’s rulings regarding same-sex marriage. …

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  • A dicey double standard

    Paula Deen must be seen as pure as the sugar and flour she uses to bake with, but I guess that comes with a wholesome-as-Mom’s-apple pie image where the pedestal is as sky-high as the meringue on some of her desserts. Rapper Lil’ Wayne steps …

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  • Bear’s home was Arkansas

    Had it not been for World War II, Paul “Bear” Bryant would have probably been named head coach at the University of Arkansas in 1941, and changed the state’s football history forever. Paul William Bryant was born Sept. 11, 1913, in Cleveland County in southcentral …

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  • I thought we were friends

    I have gotten used to the fact that I embarrass my 13-year-old daughter Alexas all the time, but now apparently I am embarrassing her friends as well. Like most people in the world, I have a Facebook page and one day, one of her best …

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  • Standing up for what’s right

    They are just learning to walk and talk. The older children are active in sports, spending hours texting friends and looking forward to a bright future. But wait. Not these children. These children have no future. They are not part of a world where they …

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  • Life, liberty and the pursuit of typos

    I hope you enjoy your watermelon, fireworks and parades this Independence Day. I’m sort of burned out on the holiday. Somehow or another I got corralled into proofreading a history textbook chapter on the American Revolution. Whether because of political correctness, a desire to give …

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  • ‘Cavemen’ were used to promote Oregon Caves

    Despite intensive publicity in the past about Oregon Caves National Monument, it went over my head. Of course, I wasn’t around for most of that publicity, but in 1971 I did follow the Redwood Trail up the California coast into Oregon, going through Grants Pass …

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  • Cavemen had parenting problems, too

    A few years ago I had the opportunity to interview a lady who worked in a public school for 35 years. Personally, I can’t IMAGINE working around kids for that long and not losing my sanity. In my current job I see a lot of …

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