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Don't Rush Me

Dangit! It's Sunshine week.

Even though it's cold outside, the quest for open government heats up.

Despite the still colder than normal temperatures, this week you may see journalists across this far and wide land dancing jigs in the streets and in front of governmental buildings (kilts are optional)....more >>

Opinions

Goodrich's Wheelock-Watkins drain

I have been reading for a long time about Goodrich's Wheelock-Watkins Drain and its flooding. This was an agricultural drain built 115 years ago and was not intended to handle what it is right now....more >>

Jim's Jottings

A box of cereal doesn't need a sprig of parsley

Why do all the hour-long news shows feel they have to have a segment on cooking? Maybe only the Fox News Channel does it, but all the other channels are liberal, and I ain't so sure maybe they aren't (doing cooking shows)....more >>

Phil In The Blank

Phil in the Blank A column by Phil Custodio

Yay spring!

The first day of spring is Thursday and I can hardly wait. This winter has been tough on one who recently acquired a taste for running outdoors on sidewalks not covered in banks of snow several feet deep....more >>

Letters to the Editor

More watch dogs needed in community Dear Editor, In response to: "One man can bring down the government!?" Don't Rush Me, March 5, page 7, great commentary, Don. Unfortunately, indeed, there are not enough folks that stand like a rock....more >>

Guest viewpoint

Info access should be goal for all of us

If you've been watching what goes on in Washington and some statehouses across the country, you might wonder if there's any issue that everyone should be able to agree on whether they are conservative or liberal or libertarian, Democrat or Republican, pro-this or anti-that....more >>

Spiritual Matters

Crosses you carry, good and bad

Whether you are religious or not, there is in every life challenges and burdens we carry that weigh heavy on us. Some of those are what I call holy crosses. They are the burdens we bear because they are the right thing to do....more >>
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Born July 7th
1860: Gustav Mahler, composer and conductor.
1887: Marc Chagall, French painter and designer.
1906: Leroy Satchel Page, baseball pitcher.
1940: Ringo Starr, musician, one of the Beatles.
July 7th
in history
1853: Japan opens its ports to trade with the West after 250 years of isolation.
1863: Confederate General Robert E. Lee, in Hagerstown, Maryland, reports his defeat at Gettysburg to President Jefferson Davis.
1905: The International Workers of the World found their labor organization in Chicago.
1925: Afrikaans is recognized as one of the official languages of South Africa, along with English and Dutch.
1927: Christopher Stone becomes the first British 'disc jockey' when he plays records for the BBC.