Is it too early for Christmas? Maybe a little

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It comes the time of year again for the holidays. Talk concerning Thanksgiving, Christmas and the approaching new year swirls around. It’s a time for celebration and family gatherings, for sharing gifts and giving thanks for what we have. As I’ve gotten older, it seems like the days keep going faster and faster every year up until this point. It

Why should we shop local? Let us count the ways

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It cannot be over-stated that shopping locally is one of the best ways to preserve and enrich cities, towns and rural areas. According to one study, for every $100 spent at locally owned businesses, $73 will stay in the local area whereas shopping at national chain stores results in only $43 staying local. There are many other reasons: Thriving local

Where did our civility, courtesy go?

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These days, it seems like there is antagonism everywhere you look. Our politicians, local and above, engage in bitter partisan fights. People insult and degrade those who disagree with them. Old customs are being thrown away and discarded in exchange for ramming things through. Many are afraid to even express their opinions in public lest they be shut down. It’s

Be proud but responsible

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Throughout the last year, we’ve seen numerous protests against symbols of the United States. There have been criticisms of the flag, the national anthem and against some of the Founding Fathers. Some of these concerns do have merit, but if we’re not careful, even more topics will come under attack. The question that’s even now being proposed is, is it

Please, let’s learn about net neutrality

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As I have mentioned in many columns, the Internet and related technologies have massively changed how we live our lives. Shopping no longer requires us to be physically at a store, and a wealth of information is now available for all. However, this state of affairs may be about to change. Earlier this year, the Federal Communications Commission started to

Oct. 27 Criers

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Foster Grandparent program seeks volunteers Adults ages 55 and over can receive an hourly tax-free stipend, mileage/travel reimbursement and ongoing training by volunteering 15 hours per week (or more if they wish) assisting children with activities, reinforcing learning, helping with art projects and more. This is a great opportunity if you have time to spare, love to be with children,

College time brings excitement, stress

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The season has come again for talk of college and applications – millions of students writing applications and hopefully waiting for replies back from their favorite schools. It’s truly an exciting time, with a lot of work in picking schools, writing essays and filling in forms. The difference, though, is this year I am one of those students. It’s an

Should voting be required?

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In my social studies class this last week, I was reminded of an issue that comes up after every election here in the United States. Our country has one of the lowest voter turnouts in the developed world, as Canada and most European countries get well over 60 percent. The United States, by contrast, rarely gets over 50 percent except