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To the editor: Hitler’s first moves were to divide the nation, disarm the citizens, get rid of local law enforcement and burn books to eliminate history when he implemented his plan to overthrow … more
Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness — unalienable rights — endowed by our Creator — for all men and women — forever. That is the promise we made to ourselves 243 years ago in our … more
There have been summer days so humid that it seems like I have to swim to the mailbox in the evening. Recently, I passed a neighbor walking her dog and — as I was raised to do here in the South — … more
God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change… Many readers will recognize the opening line of The Serenity Prayer. It is often recited at the close of a 12-step meeting, such … more
TO THE EDITOR: I proudly voted for Republican presidential candidates from Reagan through Romney. But I cannot vote for President Trump. I believe that he is a danger to our democracy. … more
Somewhere around the year 100 A.D., a Roman poet named Decimus Junius Juvenalis first posed the question: “Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?” To non-Latin speakers, like me, the phrase may sound … more
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Somewhere it must be written that newspaper offices have to be cluttered. Notice I said “cluttered,” not “sloppy” or even “messy.” There’s a vast difference in those words although … more
I dusted off my telescope to observe the great conjunction of 2020 for myself. My Orion-brand AstroView 90mm EQ is a refractor telescope essentially no different from the instrument Galileo looked … more
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Over the Christmas holiday, my wife and I watched all 10 episodes of “Ted Lasso.” Actor Jason Sudeikis plays the title character — a mustache-wearing former coach of a small-college football … more
A common trait of humanity, at least for most of humanity, is when we are a memory, we want to leave a legacy — something that says we passed this way and did something for which the world will … more
I was fortunate to be a part of Darrell Spain’s orbit for the last 40 years. We were close enough friends that the gravitational slingshot of our relationship propelled me to some of the liveliest … more
It looms over you from the moment you wake up to the moment you fall asleep. It hangs in the doorway, creeps across the hall, and whistles through the air duct. It doesn’t go by “The Thing” or … more
Around this time of year, many folks go to great lengths to make resolutions about things they will do or say — or not do or say — in the new year. For most of us, that change in behavior … more
It took all of two minutes for President Donald Trump to call Sen. Kamala Harris “nasty” after the announcement of her candidacy for vice president. Unfortunately, our president has a long … more
Although COVID-19 is still with us, there’s been a recent shift in the kind of attention given to the virus. For months, the focus has been on coping with the virus, controlling the spread and … more
With the political season ramping up, the volume — and the accompanying velocity — of sleight-of-hand, obfuscation, deceits and even outright lies continues its long run toward a November … more
To the Editor: The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals found the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional. It’s being appealed to the Supreme Court, which most court watchers maintain will, at worst, be … more
I’m afraid — not deathly, but nearly so — of spiders. That fear, probably better described as a loathing, has waned over the years, probably after asking my wife to “take care of” a … more
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