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Italian Sandwich Loaf

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Today is “Super Sunday” and, yes, I know there is a football game, but for some of us it’s all about the food. Here are some recipes to enjoy. Italian Sandwich Loaf 1 (10 oz.) pkg. frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry 1 tsp. Italian seasoning 1/4 c. freshly grated ...

Disappointed in council decision on police headquarters

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The recent decision of the city council to sell the police station to YSS for only $35 should catch the interest of every citizen. Let me first say that I fully support YSS and the services they provide. They have been a valuable asset in our community for many years and hopefully, for many ...

Social media is not news, think carefully before sharing

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rown and news of his death have shown that social media is a double-edged sword. Social media is a powerful and great tool, but it is no replacement for news. Sharing on social platforms is a great way to spread information and it’s an avenue news organizations use all the time. But too ...

Redistribute the pain

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Next time, they should redistribute the pain. That’s an expression Martin Luther King used — he credited Jesse Jackson — in the 1968 Memphis sanitation workers strike as he urged boycotts and other forms of economic coercion in support of the strikers. Those men had been suffering alone, ...

Presumptuous to blame man for climate change

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According to information in a press release dated Jan. 8, 2018 from the American Meteorological Society “lightning strikes decreased to 17 million in the U.S. in 2018, an 11 percent drop from 10-year average.” It goes on to say “the likely reason for the reduction is simply that there ...

Trumping Trump was hard to do in 2018

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it of cards ranking above the others in a particular hand. Trump is also the surname of the 45th president of the United States. While examining main stream conservative, centrist and liberal media outlets on what they considered was the number one story of 2018, it may well be that “Trumping ...

At 63 trades tractor for an airplane

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The flight instructor asked Tom what he would do if he was going in for a landing and there was a horse in the middle of the runway. Tom thought for a moment and replied, “Well, I guess I’d do a go-around.” The instructor said, “You’d better do it, because there is a horse on the ...

Polar Vortex

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“If the thermometer was in inch longer we would have all frozen to death.” This may or may not have been said by Mark Twain. In “Following the Equator,” he did write, “The captain had been telling how, in one of his Arctic voyages, it was so cold that the mate’s shadow froze fast to ...

Preparing for a face off

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Last year I was convinced to get a pedicure, which I initially resisted because of “Man Reasons.” This was because I had always treated my feet like Donald Trump’s tax returns: if anyone saw them they’d be horrified and immediately launch a congressional inquiry. Despite my hesitation, ...

Chinese trade deal on horizon

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Soybean prices leapt to a six-week high on Friday after President Trump met with Chinese Vice Premier Liu He and they made progress toward a deal to settle the ongoing trade war with China. Both countries’ leaders now appear optimistic that they can strike a compromise to prevent the ...

Lessons from the past

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Seventy-one years ago this month — in January 1948 — a black, 17-year-old high school dropout left home. The last grade he had completed was the 9th grade. He had no skills, little experience, and not a lot of maturity. Yet he was able to find jobs to support himself, to a far greater ...

Only Democrats can save this president

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Come I to speak in Caesar’s funeral. He was my friend, faithful and just to me: But Brutus says he was ambitious; And Brutus is an honorable man. — Shakespeare, “Julius Caesar” Hakeem Jeffries has, it is whispered, ambitions. The 48-year-old congressman now in his ...

Trump doubles down on political disaster

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Having already blundered into self-inflicted political damage, President Trump seems poised to repeat himself in threatening a second government shutdown over his continued insistence that a southern border wall be built. In a Sunday interview with the Wall Street Journal, Trump said that ...

The Democrats’ Radicalism problem

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President Trump is deeply unpopular. According to RealClearPolitics, his favorability ratings now stand at just 41 percent — near-historic lows. This means that Democrats have the upper hand heading into 2020. All they have to do is not be radically insane. And they just can’t do ...

Klobuchar could break Minnesota’s presidential losing streak

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Surely the silliest aspirant for the Democrats’ 2020 presidential nomination is already known: “Beto,” aka Robert Francis, O’Rourke is a skateboarding man-child whose fascination with himself caused him to live-stream a recent dental appointment for — open-wide, please — teeth ...

A childhood home isn’t for everyone

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First, I saw the photo. Why, I wondered, was my youngest sister texting a picture of a yellow Kobelco excavator perched on a mountain of dirt and splintered wood? I read her message and felt my own patch of earth shift: “Saying good-bye to 1225.” Our childhood home. Gone. About two ...