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Phones say the darnedest things

March 29, 2014

Finley turned 3 in January, and so far this has been a great age.

She’s still my baby but also my little friend.

She’s started drawing little figurines that actually resemble people instead of squiggles, and her communicative skills surprise me every day.

In fact, the only thing that isn’t great about this age is the constant fear I live in when we are in public.Read the rest

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Apartment water rate increases get study

March 29, 2014

After reading the “Water Rate Review” article in your Saturday, March 22 edition, I feel it necessary to clarify the sequence of events that led up to me asking the city manager to evaluate the new water rates for apartment communities.

I began to hear complaints of higher water bills from both apartment owners and their managers soon after the new water rates took effect.Read the rest

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Phones say the darnedest things

March 29, 2014

Finley turned 3 in January, and so far this has been a great age.

She’s still my baby but also my little friend.

She’s started drawing little figurines that actually resemble people instead of squiggles, and her communicative skills surprise me every day.

In fact, the only thing that isn’t great about this age is the constant fear I live in when we are in public.Read the rest

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Joe Heller

March 29, 2014
Joe Heller

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Crime Stoppers a ‘wonderful tool’

March 22, 2014

Crime Stoppers can’t stop crime if there are no tips.

That sounds simple enough, but sometimes tips are scarce.

A Crime Stoppers drought was interrupted recently by two successful tips that earned cash payouts. A $1,000 reward was paid Tuesday to a person whose tip led to not just one but two felony arrests.

And during the March Crime Stoppers meeting, it was decided to award $500 for information that led to a felony drug arrest and indictment.Read the rest

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Together, we can end drugs in school

March 22, 2014

I have heard several comments lately about the issue of drugs in schools and have had parents inquire and insinuate that we have a “drug problem” in our GISD schools.

I want to address what GISD is doing regarding this issue and, more importantly, what can be done to rid drugs from our schools immediately.

First, I will tell you that I am not naïve enough to think that no student ever has drugs at our campuses.Read the rest

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The kids are all right

March 22, 2014

Do you ever wonder what is “normal” for teenagers?

We Americans are plugged into social media and monitor pop culture almost as an obsession.

Teens in particular are affected to an unanticipated extent. If your view of normal arises from YouTube videos, Facebook entries and reality TV shows then you may get the feeling that you are being left out.

Does it seem that everyone else is having more fun?Read the rest

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Roger Enlow: Farmer’s Almanac: Just what the doctor ordered

October 6, 2012

The perfect prescription.

The 2013 Old Farmer’s Almanac. (“People have been enjoying The Old Farmer’s Almanac since George Washington was president, in part because it offers so much for so little – $5.99, to be exact.”)

The price is painless, but what’s more impressive is that the little yellow publication puts a smile on the face. Read the rest

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Don Newbury: Humor in the headlines

October 6, 2012

Humor in the headlines

Comic relief, though harder to find, is still around. Maybe “comic” is too strong; “mild amusement” may be a more accurate descriptor.

The “grim grip” of problems throughout the world threatens to overshadow whatever might otherwise make us smile.

Ongoing sources for brighteners are persons who compose newspaper headlines. Read the rest

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Jessica Lee: For your wedding day

October 6, 2012

For your wedding day

The trouble with divorce is the separation; the awkward splitting of lives, like an incision made by a doctor who cheated their way through medical school.

The dividing of items to be put in two piles instead of one; the decision of which child is to be placed in what pile along with the furniture, the cars, the money.Read the rest

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