• New year, new beginning

    The New Year is a time of resolutions. It’s a time when people commit to making a change in their life. Losing weight, changing jobs, saving money, making money, a new relationship, getting in shape, going back to school, or giving up smoking, are just …

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  • More immigration equals fewer American jobs

    The Los Angeles Times, California’s most widely read daily newspaper rarely publishes stories critical of immigration or the resultant population growth that drives the state’s overcrowding. The Times immigration-avoidance guidelines aren’t written in its manual. But evidence that the Times won’t deal with immigration’s negatives, …

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  • Ode 2 2012

    And so we bid a not-so-fond farewell to the bow of another large unwieldy year as it sinks slowly over the horizon wobbling unsteadily towards the graveyard of memory. And cheers erupt from we folks on shore waving the double-handed “L for loser” sign above …

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  • Hurricane Sandy Pork

    Many news outlets are reporting that President Obama’s proposed $60.4 billion federal aid bill for Hurricane Sandy victims is packed with pork. I contacted my White House insider, Deep Mole, to get some answers. Purcell: Isn’t this another example of reckless politicians exploiting an emergency …

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  • Putin’s politics stink

    Politics really stink sometimes — particularly when innocent children get the losing end of the stick. Vladimir Putin elevated himself to one of the biggest jerky politicians on the planet, in my opinion, when he signed a law banning Americans from adopting Russian children, in …

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  • Letter to the Editor

    No ‘Happy Holiday’ on the calendar Dear editor: We have many holidays during the year, including Christmas Day. How many do we address as “Happy Holiday”? None, right? So why are some nuts trying to change “Merry Christmas” to “Happy Holidays”? Our calendar says: New …

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  • America the Mostly Beautiful

    Note: In the fall of 2010, as part of a book project, ex-newspaperman Bill Steigerwald retraced the route John Steinbeck took in 1960 and turned into his classic “Travels With Charley.” Steigerwald drove 11,276 miles in 43 days from Long Island to the top of …

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  • Frightful weather doesn’t stop news

    It’s days when a blizzard comes to town that I miss being in school. Students, however, had it lucky last week since being off for Christmas vacation but even if they had not been out, schools would have closed and called it a snow day. …

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  • First postmaster at Evening Shade

    As stated in this 1991 drawing, one of the legends surrounding the naming of Evening Shade involved Native Americans, who reportedly carried their corn from Norfork to Thompson’s Mill for grinding. While it may be true that Indians visited Capt. William Thompson’s mill, apparently they …

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  • It’s time for some language resolutions

    Here’s hoping there’s no new black in 2013. Gray worked as the new black for a while. And, sure, November’s big Latino vote meant brown was the new black, but, really, making anything else the new black in the New Year would be, you know, …

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  • A lesson in fine dining

    It was a great Christmas this year for me. I was able to spend it with both my daughters. My oldest, Shay, lives in Florida and it’s been a couple of years since we could all be together at Christmastime. My boyfriend, Bryan, I and …

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  • Letter to the editor

    Dear editor: The murder of 20 innocent children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., and the shedding of innocent blood by other murderers should not be tolerated by any civilized society. History proves men and their governments have a poor …

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