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Columns

  • Is our country truly broke? Not hardly!

    Gentle reader, how many of the right-wing radicals have you heard over the last several months make the claim that the country is broke? We know that you are too bright to fall for such malarky, but in order that you can refute this claim if you are confronted by one of these know-nothings, consider this:
    Let us say that you’ve got $1 million, but because of current low interest rates your yearly income is less than $30,000?
    You’ve got an income problem, but you certainly are not broke.
    Neither is USA.

  • IMPRESSIONS by Johnny Teglas: You want reality? It’s closer than Hollywood

    We need to stop and take a deep breath.
    So much has happened over the past two weeks.
    Not being much of a network TV watcher, I only caught snippets of chatter here at the office and around town late last week.
    Apparently many of my colleagues and friends enjoy spending their evenings with reality TV.
    I heard one friend practically swoon when she mentioned that Hines Ward won the top prize on “Dancing with the Stars.” It was news to me.
    Ward is a wide receiver for the Pittsburgh Steelers in my mind.

  • LOOSELEAF LAUREATE: A special event for a special former officer

    For more than 25 years, Jonathan Foust was a special kind of trooper — one of those rare officers who was so polite you were likely to thank him for the speeding ticket he handed you.

    “He never saw a person he didn’t like. He was always ready to do what was asked of him,” said Trooper Teresa Brown, who not only worked with Foust on the Tennessee Highway Patrol, but she also graduated from Rockwood High School with him.

  • A view from Lick Skillet by Gerald Largen: The reason we bash Republicans explained

    Gentle reader, we suspect that you, like we, despite wishing it were not so, share a certain prurient interest in the pecadillos of the rich, the famous, and most of all, the powerful.
    So it is that we have followed the reports of the egregious behaviour of IMF chief, Dominique Strauss Kahn, formerly considered most likely the next president of France, and his assault on the housekeeper in the luxurious New York hotel, Sofitel.

  • IMPRESSIONS by Johnny Teglas: Help for libraries is good for all of us

    Back in the day … long before I met the “boss,” got into the information business and then started having children, I had hours to burn.
    Outside of weekend camping trips with buds, some shade-tree mechanic work on my old mini-bike and homework projects, I had a special passion.
    I suppose what it really boiled down to was my tendency to choose to escape from the humdrum of every day life.
    I liked to read.
    And I often could be found wearing out my library card at
    C. Bascom Slemp Memorial Library.

  • A view from Lick Skillet by Gerald Largen: Why would anyone risk jail for a newspaper?

    Sometimes one comes upon the most profound, or apt, descriptions of things in the most unexpected places.
    So it was the other day as we were reading one of the Maggody series of mysteries featuring Chief of Police Arly (short for Ariel) Hanks of the tiny Arkansas town of Maggody, population 755, written by Joan Hess who resides in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

  • IMPRESSIONS by Johnny Teglas: Johnny wants you to share your love story

    Once a week, I walk out of the office with a pile of newspapers.
    They’re not intended for the birdcage; nor for my fire pit.
    Rather, I carry them home for research purposes.
    You see, even though several times a day I check our news and sports in their various stages of work-flow, I also go through each printed edition.
    Folks in the press room will tell you, I’m often standing at the end of the folder as the first make-ready copies roll off.
    What I am looking for is simple … what I hope you are looking for.

  • LOOSELEAF LAUREATE: Thanks to Foust — and maybe you?

    I’ve been pretty active this summer, often hiking 10-12 miles or more on a weekend, not counting dog walks.

    How about you?

    Are you looking to raise your activity level? Get in better shape?

    How about helping a worthy cause?

  • A View from Lick Skillet: We must not remain ignorant on Islam

    Gentle reader, there is much talk nowadays about the subject matter and the quality of our educational system.
    This talk, and more, is fully warranted by the present state of knowledge among the general population, but unfortunately this has become bogged down in a right-wing ideological morass, with the only real action being taken consisting of attacking the teachers’ unions.
    This will produce nothing other than increased rancor and ill will, leaving the coming generation to be even less well educated than their elders.

  • Impressions by Johnny Teglas: Moon walks to pro wrestling, what’s really real?

    God rest her soul, my wife’s grandmother, has long departed this world.
    But we still lovingly remember her quite often when something strikes our funny bones.
    Stella Trusley had interesting viewpoints on the world around her.
    She used to tell Junior he needed to clean up and go out and get a job.
    Junior was my father-in-law. He was a retired educator and her primary caregiver during her later years.
    I vividly recall him cooking a full breakfast for her when I’d drop Jon Clark off at his house.