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Numbers Add Up For ‘Child-Side’ Tax Policies

A weary America is suffering through the worst public health crisis in more than a century. COVID-19 has taken over 300,000 lives. Parts of the economy have effectively shut down, throwing millions out of work and bankrupting businesses large and small. In the richest country in the world, ...

The Politics Of The Middle

During this past political campaign there was a lot hysteria going around about “Democratic Socialists” and “Right-wing Extremism,” as if both the extremes of the right and the left were becoming a huge threat to the Nation. In my view, such fears, though real, should not be ...

Christmas Parking: No Free Lunches

Who can argue against “free” stuff? I will. My current hometown of Brookville has OK’d placing green canvas bags over the parking meters along Main Street, giving users of a few hundred angled-in spaces “free” parking during the Christmas shopping season. That’s nice — if ...

Staying Mindful In Uncertain Times Is Beneficial

With the current state of the world, you may find yourself missing the way things used to be or wondering what things will look like in the future. Thinking of the past or of the future is normal, even when there isn’t a global pandemic going on. However, if you find yourself dwelling on ...

Protect The DuBois Area From More Floods

I have not lived in or near DuBois for 18 years, but I was delighted by last week’s news that the city has received a $710,000 grant to modernize the flood control measures that were first put in in 1972, almost a half-century ago. During my 13 years in the DuBois area, the basement of our ...

What Sounds Better Than Hygge For The Holidays?

I think I’m a little bit behind on the trendy lifestyle buzzwords, so forgive me if you’ve heard the term before — but our household has recently embraced the Danish term “Hygge.” (The word, according to Dictionary.com, is pronounced “hoo-guh,” but every time I see it I think ...

Watch Where Both Parties Go Next

After a presidential election, members of the major party whose candidate came up short often assess where they go next. After the 2020 election, members of both major parties may do that. Please don’t take the word of today’s column, which was deliberately written and submitted before ...

My Bumbling Response After The Storm

The power went out and the discoveries commenced. The light on the garage wall is not on the “garage” circuit. It is on the laundry room/mud room circuit, which had been the back porch a half-century ago. Two electrical outlets are side-by-side in that garage. One is on the ...

A Dog’s Life: A Rich And Happy Experience

My dog seems to have a rich inner life and no one can convince me otherwise. My observations tell me he’s got a lot going on inside his head, and that my perceptions are not just coming from wishful thinking. I’d be just as happy with Buddy if he were merely a peaceful, hungry being ...

The Old Debate Begins Yet Again

I had the same argument last year, resolved it then, but it’s back again now. It’s all about a Christmas tree: do I want one – or not? If my answer is affirmative, then I must continue: real or phony? Tall or short? So many questions. So much to think about. My mind still entertains ...

The Story Of A Local Man Serving In World War II

At the eleventh hour on Monday, November 11, 1918, an armistice between Germany and the Allied powers went into effect. It was a temporary, later made permanent, cessation of hostilities in The Great War. It marked the end of what the world, including millions who had experienced it directly, ...

Video, Photo ‘Stand-Ups’ And Masks Cover The News

I can’t tell who those people are on TV or in the newspapers. Why not? D’oh! They are all wearing masks! These days, aren’t we all? Yes and no. We are supposed to wear masks “in public.” That generally means any buildings where “masks required” signs are posted. Masks are ...

Listening To Those Crying Out, Speaking From The Heart, Helps Heal

The second installment ended in dramatic fashion. A call from Maria and Ramon sounded desperate. They were facing Cicily all ready to drive to Queens to see her twin sister, Nina, who was hospitalized. Rising from her languid state, Cicily, energized from her shocked grief condition, began to ...

Patience, Appreciation: We Don’t Often Notice

“Said ‘Woman, take it slow, and it’ll work itself out fine,’ All we need is just a little patience Said ‘Sugar, make it slow and we’ll come together fine’” All we need is just a little patience…” “Patience” by Guns and Roses I can’t recall a time when I’ve ...

Maria, Ramon Struggle To Take Care Of Mother With Sick Twin

The first of three installments brought attention to a couple, Maria and Ramon, who were greatly concerned for Maria’s mother’s health and well-being. By their collective description, Cicily, Maria’s mother, was devastated upon hearing news of her twin sister’s hospitalization. A ...

Compare Votes To Historical Trends

America’s major political parties are continually shifting alliances of voters. What Democrats and Republicans have historically been isn’t what they are today. Likewise, Americans’ affinities for the major political parties are continually shifting. Please don’t take the word of ...

Thanks To Taxpayers, Greg Is Just Fine

“You are so OLD!” declared my older daughter when I ordered French onion soup just after she had ordered a salad for lunch. That is typical banter from five of my six children. The sixth child is different. Greg, sitting beside me, patted my shoulder as he chomped the first of his ...

Vulnerability As A Strength To Start The School Year

As I start each workday, I make a choice to reflect on a message or theme. I have a set up at the office where I have created a bit of an inspiration station with color, quotes, drawings, photos and charts. I say it’s a choice because it takes a split second of intention to do. This choice ...

Taking Risks With Other People’s Cash

There is an old financial term called OPM, Other People’s Money. It describes the way that business owners and managers obtain funds from other people to leverage the capital that they put into a business. It is a legitimate way to help finance operations and investments. Just as physical ...

Gone? Not Toilet Paper, But Computer Printers

About two weeks ago, I shopped for canning supplies: Jar lids and bands and a new pressure canner. There weren’t any to be had locally. My wife told me about another shortage. A local farm selling pastured meat products is having trouble finding freezers. We are guessing that the COVID ...