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Take that moment to reflect

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It’s hard not trotting out hoary cliches when it comes to the Fourth of July. After all, what is there to say that hasn’t already been said — and more eloquently — by others down through the decades and centuries? And be honest, who really wants to be admonished about…

Beware bureaucrats at work

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You have to sometimes wonder what it is that makes our legislators in Foggy Bottom (Washington, D.C.) appear short-sighted and uncaring; in certain situations as if they were bullies beating up and feasting upon the frailest among us. Surely that must be what a number of this county’s elderly must…

Yellow journalism is alive and kicking at N.Y. Times

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Just as there are many things right with journalism, so are there things wrong. The recent decision by the N.Y. Times, Washington Post, L.A. Times, et al to report on our government’s heretofore secret effort to examine foreign bank transactions terrorists may be engaging in underlies precisely what is wrong…

Learning to respect the flag

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As galling as it is to see, hear or read about Americans burning the flag, the U.S. Senate — by one vote — was correct in defeating an amendment that would have made the act of desecrating the flag a federal crime. The problem is, you cannot force those people…

Make sure lobby reform effort authentic, not window dressing

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It seems that enough voices across the state from both sides of the political spectrum are finally being heard when it comes to demanding substantive lobby reform, a demand being aided in good measure by the scandal and investigations swirling around the office of House Speaker Jim Black. The question…

All who gave of their hearts

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Although the search for Clyde Davis ended on a sad note, with the discovery of his body in the barn, obscured by the bales of hay stored within, we thank the more than 100 people from over five counties who made the effort to find Mr. Davis. All of us…

Thanks for letting us know

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Oftentimes, we wonder whether what runs in the newspaper actually has an impact. Despite clear examples, usually letters to the editor in protest to an article that has run; a phone call; an email; and the occasional personal visit, we often don’t get feedback. However, ever so often, either directly…

Garbage in, garbage out

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It staggers the imagination to discover that the total tons of refuse Lincoln County has disposed of in the past seven to eight years has expanded exponentially. As the article in today’s front page states, “Statistics from 1998-99 show the county disposed 4,656 tons which nearly quadrupled in 2004-05 to…

Why are we despairing?

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Face it. We’re fatigued by what has been taking place in Iraq. Witness the reaction following the successful elimination of that thorn in our side, Abdul Al-Zarqawi. A big ho-hum and a sense nothing’s going to change, at least, not for the better anytime soon there in Iraq. Granted, it’s…

You have got to be kidding

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Face it. Long ago it became obviously apparent that Michael Chertoff, who heads Homeland Security, revealed his total ineptitude over the handling of the Hurricane Katrina fiasco, for which the people in the Gulfport states hit are still suffering. Granted, he was aided, in part, by President Bush’s appointment of…