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Several readers have mentioned to me in recent days that my lack of a column over the last two weeks was a bit of a disappointment for them. Jerome Wassmann, a former publisher of the Daily Mountain Eagle, was one of the people who mentioned my … more
“In 1787, the framers set out a young nation’s highest ideals. And we’ve been fighting over them ever since.” That is how the Washington Post introduced its new podcast, “Constitutional.” Last year, the Post tackled the American … more
Let’s clean out the notebook ... •You can say that it is early, nine months, before the June 5 primaries. Maybe in the old days, but not anymore. Fundraising can go on now, and it takes money … more
There are three kinds of people in this world — those who are good with numbers, and those who aren’t. I’m glad the ones who are good with numbers decided to figure out when to expect solar eclipses. It was kind of them to let the … more
As a boy, Jonathan Daniels dreamed of being a knight in shining armor. Over time, his father, a physician and World War II veteran, showed him that not all heroes are swashbucklers. In fact, most of them lead ordinary lives, serving their fellow … more
With every crisis imaginable happening to Walker County in the past few weeks, it has been hard to get to the point of revisiting the matter of a state welcome center. You will recall Jess Drummond, a marketing manager for Fontaine, asked Gov. … more
School started this week around here. On the first day of class, my great nephew Jordan stopped by on his way for a photo op. With both apprehension and excitement, he squirmed as I tried to shoot a picture of him sitting on our front doorsteps. The … more
This is for the parents whose social media accounts were quiet on the first day of school. I don’t know why this milestone didn’t provide a happy memory for you and your child, but I have a pretty good idea about how it made you feel. When … more
Frankly, I think I was quite tired of writing about the subject of the proposed 1-cent sales tax by the weekend before the Aug. 15 referendum. I’m still tired of it, and thought seriously of addressing President Trump’s comments on the … more
When talking with a friend recently, I mentioned that coming up with fresh ideas for this column was sometimes a struggle. When the muse is on vacay, I use a wacky toolkit to help me get through it. … more
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