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The No-Sweat October Geezer Deer Hunt

November 12, 2014 During three warm-weather October days, I took a rifle and a four-wheeler down over the hill below our house, seeking to kill an antlerless deer. I did not kill a deer. more »»

Insurance Vs. Pharmacy: Why Can’t They Just Get Along?

November 10, 2014 Q: I have used the same pharmacy for years, and I just was told my insurance no longer participates with that pharmacy. more »»

Unfair Labels

November 9, 2014 A viable yet often undisclosed component of poverty is the mental and emotional state of our children. more »»

The Corn Was As High As An Elephant’s Eye

November 9, 2014 For years we planted corn on our farm. That was a very labor-intensive process. First, the land had to be plowed. Next came disking. more »»

Smart Living

November 9, 2014 Nobody wants to live in poverty, but that’s just what happens to some people when they get seriously sick or hurt. more »»

A Day To Honor And Appreciate

November 9, 2014 Another Nov. more »»

A Lakewood Lens

November 8, 2014 There are two kinds of people who walk by as I’m raking my leaves. more »»

House Cleaning

November 8, 2014 We gave the house a really good cleaning a few weeks ago, in anticipation of a visit from our Arizona friend. That meant that Jim had the vacuum cleaner out, giving every room a thorough vacuuming. more »»

This Year, The ‘Meh Midterm’ Is Hard Work

November 4, 2014 I might bring a clothespin with me when I go to vote today. This, for me, is a “hold your nose” election. Fellow columnist John Micek of the Patriot-News in Harrisburg calls it the “Meh Midterm. more »»

The Sun Got In My Eyes

November 2, 2014 During my life, I’ve been in roles that have asked me to teach those in my charge, and I’ve tried to use what was taught to me, and what I felt in my gut, and what I perceived as being right, as a... more »»

Opera And Controversy

November 1, 2014 Would you like a serving of truth with your art? Many people would not. more »»


November 1, 2014 One unfortunate element of working as a critic is the need to write reviews very late at night in very short amounts of time. more »»

A Lakewood Lens

November 1, 2014 Given that less than half of the population of the United States didn’t bother to vote in the last presidential election, groups like the Busti Citizen’s Advisory Committee and Citizens For Better... more »»

Editor's Note

November 1, 2014 Halloween has been scared into next year as the holiday season rapidly approache. more »»

A Trip To Punxsy, Out Of Respect

October 29, 2014 I have written critical words about some of the votes and actions Sam Smith has taken during his 28 years in the state House of Representatives. more »»

The Power Of Poverty

October 26, 2014 Recently, President Obama initiated a program called ‘‘My Brother’s Keeper. more »»

One Person Truly Can Make A Difference

October 26, 2014 If you think there is nothing you can do, you are wrong. All it takes is one person to make a difference in someone’s life. more »»

Ah, The Good Old Days

October 26, 2014 It hardly seems possible I’m into my seventh year of retirement, if you can call it retirement. more »»


October 25, 2014 Halloween means happy little princesses and fierce ninja turtles visiting for sweet treats, and we enjoy seeing them, but as much as we enjoy our neighborhood ghosts and goblins, we also know that... more »»

Back To The Books

October 25, 2014 The book is still the core of civilization. more »»



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