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From Convicted Murderer To Law Grad

What would you do if you were falsely accused and convicted of a brutal rape and murder you didn’t commit? How would you handle a violent maximum-security prison, sentenced 16 years to life, at age 17? And where would you go, what would you choose to do, if you won your freedom back after ...

A Criminal President Should Be Indictable

WASHINGTON — Special Counsel Robert Mueller, in his handoff to Congress to pursue impeachment of Donald Trump, cited a Justice Department edict: No sitting president can be indicted or criminally prosecuted, on grounds that doing so would unduly hamper the executive branch in the immense task ...

Losing Henry: Relieving His Pain

Suffering from numerous ailments for longer than I can easily recall, all of a sudden Henry was sick. Yes, s-i-c-k as in time-to-call-the-doctor sick. Indoors and out, he could move at times, I’d watch Henry just stand immobile while staring at the ground. I do not exaggerate to say he- and ...

The Story Of Famous Candy

One thing I remember about Christmases long ago was the gift of a book of Lifesavers. I think you got ten rolls in the little book, but I am not positive of that. I recently found some information about Lifesavers that I received from the company years ago after I had done a piece about the ...

It’s Time To Get Real About Meals

Think about what you ate yesterday. How much of it was already prepared, or came from a package? Frozen meals, packaged chocolate chip cookies and even pasta sauce from a jar might be a few examples of what are considered “ultra-processed” foods. Packaged, prepared, and otherwise ...

What’s The Meaning Of All This?

We have a very unique (strange?) language. We have words beginning with different letters that make the same sounds (farm/phone. We have words that end in the same letters but do not rhyme (rough/through/cough/though also good/food). And why all the silent letters, what’s the ...

Caring For Cats In The Community

Sanctuary, a place we find solace and safety, comfort and care. It’s a fine word and a noble place. Sometimes we offer it, and sometimes it gets offered to us. Either way, it’s a type of grace. During the last year, I came to know a colony of feral cats here at my Jamestown home. ...

D-Day’s ‘Forgotten’ Women

Observances of the 75th anniversary of D-Day are properly focusing on the troops and the architect of Operation Overlord, Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, who freed Europe from Hitler and his Nazi hordes. One person — a woman — has not received the credit she deserves for her efforts with the ...

Is Social Security Going Bankrupt?

People are questioning whether or not the Social Security Trust Fund will go bankrupt, both retirees and current workers who have money deducted from every paycheck that pays into the fund. The answer, however, depends on what you mean by bankrupt. In normal terms, bankruptcy refers to a ...

Looking For A Path Up To The Second Mountain

Not everyone likes to share their latest health crisis, but then there are others who like nothing better. I suppose I fall somewhere in the middle. I believe if you have a voice, you should call attention to things that need righting in the world. On the other hand, being diagnosed ...

String Cheese Works As Treats

I love cheese, especially sharp cheddar cheese, but it’s crumbly and messy and is not something I would want in a skirt or pants pocket. That’s why I could never understand people who said they used cheese to reward their dogs. Finally, last summer, with the arrival of Tegan, I understood ...

What Would You Give To Save Your World?

Elmo Cook knew nothing about it. He’d heard the sirens in the middle of the night alerting all of Abilene that something had happened, but when he tried to turn on the radio, he found that his power was out. And when he left for work in the morning, the paperboy had not yet made his ...

The Daily Beast’s Shabby Scoop

Breaking news: Some guy posted a doctored video of Nancy Pelosi. But fear not. The website The Daily Beast sprang into action. It tracked down the random, Trump-supporting man who allegedly posted the offending clip, hounded him until he talked, then published his name and other details about ...

The Good Life: An Ordinary American Is Not Really Free

President Trump is again claiming that his administration’s policies are benefiting “ordinary Americans.” I know only one “ordinary American:” Me. If it is good for me, it is good for America. If not, no. That is my policy. I am sticking to it. President Trump’s policies ...

Canine Companion: Cleaners Are Dangerous, Toxic To Dogs

Hey, guys. Hope all is well with you. This week we are going to dive right in and talk about cleaning your house. What does cleaning your house have to do with your dog? Well, there are many cleaners which are actually extremely dangerous and toxic to your dog. Don’t feel bad if you ...

ADHD Vs. Trauma; Which One Is It?

The word trauma has become a buzzword, not just in the psychological community, but in trainings, doctors’ offices, schools, and agencies. According to the American Psychological Association (2019), trauma is defined as, “an emotional response to an event like an accident, rape, or natural ...

Out Of The Shadows

Joi and her husband wanted a baby. “We wanted to be pregnant in the worst way,” she says. For more than a decade, they tried. So many tests, and then more tests. Blood draws and injections. In 2002, it happened. They were expecting a daughter. They would call her Jordan. Joi was in ...

Colleges Committed To Ideological Diversity

When you send your youngster off to college, you might not mind that they will have to walk on eggshells, respect taboos, snitch on fellow students for politically incorrect jokes and learn to use ad hominem arguments as a means to attack ideas they find “disagreeable.” If that’s your ...

Understanding Why Donald Trump Loathes John McCain

The guided missile destroyer USS John S. McCain, “Big Bad John,” was christened in 1992 in honor of the U.S. Navy’s first father-son duo of four-star admirals, “Slew” and Jack. On July 12, 2018, their son and grandson respectively, retired Navy captain and U.S. Sen. John S. McCain III ...

Trigger Warnings For Donald Trump

That was a pretty stunning story about the White House asking some Navy officials to move the warship USS John McCain “out of sight” during President Donald Trump’s recent visit to Japan. The obvious fear was that sharing any stage with the war hero would unhinge the president. McCain ...