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Generations Change; Teens Do Not

March 5, 2014 It has been nearly 30 years since my then-teenage older children kept my column-writing hopper filled with fresh ideas. more »»

You Can’t Get In The Game From The Bleachers

March 2, 2014 The following is a variation of a piece done previously in this forum, but in the spirit of trying to motivate kids to “get in the game,” I offer the sentiments again this week. “Don’t fear criticism. more »»

Agriculture Awareness Month

March 2, 2014 March is AG Awareness Month. That means it is a time to connect with our root. more »»

Two Giants Gone

March 1, 2014 One of the best parts of my job with these newspapers is the opportunity to acknowledge and call readers’ attention to the positive contributions of people who have devoted their lives and their... more »»

Editor’s Note

March 1, 2014 necessary evil. Some people live under the same roof for their entire lives. The majority of us, though, have crammed everything we own into the back of a truck at least once or twice. more »»

Life In The Roaring 2000’s

March 1, 2014 When our children cross that magical line between childhood and adulthood, parents often mark the occasion in some meaningful way. It has been this way throughout history. more »»

Consummate Showman

February 27, 2014 Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, an original Irish Tenor is set to make an appearance in downtown Jamestown. more »»

We All Lie When It Comes To Style — Just?Not That Much

February 26, 2014 They don’t make lies — and liars — like they used to. That is the sentiment expressed in “On the Decay of the Art of Lying,” by Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens), written in 1880. more »»

Now I Understand!

February 23, 2014 I recently read a book about the Great Depression. It was put together by people who actually lived through it, so many of them are gone by now. more »»

Ricky Nelson May Have Been Right

February 23, 2014 Teenage heartthrob Ricky Nelson, later Rick Nelson, entertained many with the likes of Travelin’ Man, Hello Mary Lou, and Poor Little Fool, included in his many career performances, songs popular an... more »»

Rethinking Fluoride

February 22, 2014 Fluoride might rank low on your list of concerns. But the controversy continues surrounding the practice of adding fluoride to drinking water. more »»

Editor's Note

February 22, 2014 As we approach the end of February, I’m confident I’ve missed several important family milestones already this year. I’m not the best at remembering birthdays or anniversaries. more »»

Put Political Signs In Our Yard?

February 19, 2014 “Is it OK for me to put up a political sign?” my wife asked. Well, sure. For 50 years, I worked in newsrooms at newspapers. more »»

A Hiatus For Common Core ... Practical Or Political

February 16, 2014 Before the very recent Board of Regents decision to modify Common Core, (and I haven’t had the chance to study the new proposals, so I reserve judgment on that part of the issue) there were news... more »»

Overcoming Paralyzing Adverse Effects Of Panic Attacks Is A Team Effort That Begins With You

February 16, 2014 Panic attacks, part two. A recent article provided a rich yet simplified down-to-earth overview of panic attacks and how the traditional psychiatric approach operates on the medical modal. more »»

Olympic Memories

February 16, 2014 When you live in the country and cannot get away the coverage on the Olympics provides a window on the world for you. In the days that my husband was farming we did not often leave this area. more »»

What Brain Drain? A Regional Business Success Story

February 16, 2014 Last week, you read about the perceived brain drain issue in our region, and what might be contributing to the loss of our skilled, educated workers who seek more opportunity elsewhere. more »»

1986: A Look Back

February 15, 2014 ‘‘What could be more hopeless than a madwoman, marrying a drunk?’’ That colorful quotation is the first sentence in the novel ‘‘Curranne Trueheart,’’ by novelist Donald Newlove. more »»

Editor’s Note

February 15, 2014 At least 20 million Americans suffer from a fear of flying, according to an October ABC News report. I had a membership in that group for most of my life. more »»

Be Good To Your Furnace

February 15, 2014 The other day I opened up my basement door and yelled down to my furnace, “Everything okay down there? Can I get you anything?” My furnace deserves some sort of lifetime achievement award given to... more »»



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