Oueen without a King

February 15, 2005 "Are we engaged?" I recently heard a 6-year-old girl in my mom's first-grade class ask a friend a week before Valentine's Day.


February 14, 2005 Budget cuts needed Dear Editor: Independence County is having financial problems and is going to have to make budget cuts. I believe some cuts are in order and offer these suggestions:

Valentine’s Day Schmalentine’s Day

February 14, 2005 Standing a short distance away was a young man, dark hair cut short above his ears. He had a smile that made my heart thump; however, his face was one I never recognized.

Battle of the Bulge

February 10, 2005 My older brother's goal is to become obese. Well, at least according to the Body Mass Index chart.

Paying for raising

February 9, 2005 I'm going to live forever. It's pretty much official because I made a pact with God sometime in the early '80s and so far he's stuck with the deal.

Say hello to Big Brother

February 8, 2005 We keep hearing Big Brother is always watching us. To that I say, "Good. Someone needs to."

Management tool

February 3, 2005 Jill Easton's "Out There" column in last Friday's edition of this newspaper hit the nail on the head. Easton wrote about several of the good things associated with hunting.