• I’m part of the problem, too

    I am like most Americans. I go to work and I go home. I don’t get involved in politics and  world affairs. I only pay attention to my little world and those close to me. But while working on a story this week, I realized …

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Remembering a letter written ‘just in case’    Dear editor: Many people in the U.S. will not realize that next month will be the anniversary of a “cease fire” signed in Korea 60 years ago. It has been called the forgotten war. It only lasted three years, …

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  • Let’s have more wrist slap punishments

    I’m being facetious when I say that this country needs more wrist-slap punishments, but things have gone to the other extreme far too long. Pay attention to the news and you’ll be surprised at how many firings and forced resignations (in business and government) come …

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  • Stand still

    As I stood upon a chair hearing my friends play outside, I just knew that I was going to miss something. Every fall, I always knew that some of my time would be spent standing on a chair as my mother knelt with straight pins …

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  • A valuable agency: Services for the Blind

    This time last year, I was sent on assignment to interview and write the Sharp County Farm Family of the Year 2012 article. While I was taking notes at the farm family’s kitchen table, the farm wife said, “Can you read that?” I said, “No, …

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Man’s inhumanity to man  Dear editor: You may think that this is going to be about serial killers or ax murderers, who kill just for the sheer pleasure of it, but it isn’t. This is about something that took place in this community recently that …

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  • A game you’d want to throw

    I turned on the History Channel last night just in time to catch the last little bit of a show on Chichen Itza. I can’t tell you how cool it is to watch a show on television about a place you’ve actually seen in person. …

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  • Reliving memories

    Dear Miss Wilma: After buying your little getaway home where you entertained your family and friends, I wanted you to know I left a little memento of yours behind. During the demo I found a small magnet attached to the stove that said “Wilma’s Kitchen.” …

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  • Ban on gruesome images threatens free speech

    For those of us who worry about the vitality of free speech in the “land of the free,” the news this week isn’t good. On June 10, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to review a Colorado appeals court decision banning anti-abortion activists from displaying “gruesome …

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  • ‘A little lemonade goes a long way’

    The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb … and a little child shall lead them. (Isaiah 11:6)   The above scripture verse came to mind when we read the latest Westboro Baptist Church-related story out of Topeka, Kan. The story came about when 5-year-old …

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  • Keeping a family tradition

    It’s been 40 years since Blanchard Springs Caverns were opened to the public, but my family has been going to Blanchard Springs a lot longer than that. When my dad was a little boy, they would throw all the kids in the back of a …

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  • Freedom of too much information

    We are all celebrities now. Ever since we won Time Magazine’s Person of the Year in 2006, the same year we first found out about the National Security Administration spying on us, we’ve all become essentially public figures. It’s the new equality: We are all …

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