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Columns

  • What could happen next?

    Several years ago, lots of folks were pressuring me into buying a house. At the time, I was a die-hard renter and saw no reason to change my ways.

    But, over time, these well-intentioned people chipped away at my reserve, and about five years ago I took the plunge.

    I can't remember who exactly spoke the magic words that made me decide to become a homeowner. And as I sit here today, that's probably a good thing for them.

    Let me tell you about my weekend.

  • Love in unexpected places

    "No way!" I told my dad. "We absolutely do NOT need another dog." Along with my husband and myself, we have three kids, three cats and two dogs. We needed another dog like we needed another hole in our heads.

    Besides that, our dogs are fairly large - a border collie and a yellow Lab, and I've always told my husband and kids that if we ever got another dog, it would have to be a little fluffy "foo-foo" kind of dog that loves to cuddle.

  • Hold candidates to high standards

    It's almost time. My anticipation is starting to sink in.

    It won't be long until we see those bright lawn signs creeping up again, telling us who to vote for.

    We won't make our picks in the general election for about two and a half more months. But we need to remember that the majority of our picks on Election Day will last for the next four years ... and we need to pick the right candidates for Taylor County.

    I didn't pay much attention to anything political until I started working at the News-Journal.

  • It only takes one bad apple

    Jack Conway's war on Topix isn't over just yet. On Feb. 11, Conway and Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal sent a joint letter to Topix CEO Chris Tolles asking Topix.com to provide information regarding its policies dealing with abusive posts that violate the site's terms of service.

  • Animation rules summer box office

    "It's why we sit in the movies

    All the way to the closing scenes

    From the beginning

    We're all looking for a happy ending."

    -Sugarland

    It's hot ... I mean really hot.

    I was thinking the other day, only four short months until I might see some snow.

    I don't know about you, but I really hate hot weather. I don't know how I survived those summers of band camp.

    So how is a person supposed to stay cool during the summer months? Why go to an air-conditioned movie theater, of course.

  • Checking out can lead to crossing over

    Unresolved anger, planted in the soul, eventually gives rise to resentment, which when unchecked, produces the fruit of retaliation.

    By now you've heard the story: Jet Blue flight attendant Steven Slater had a bad day, maybe a string of bad days, 28 long years of being polite to rude passengers. Finally he had enough.

  • Family Matters: "Letting them fly"

    "I'm doing better this time," my wife Lori said as I answered the phone, "I'm not crying ... at least not much."

    She was leaving our youngest daughter's apartment. No, they hadn't had a mother daughter spat; nothing negative had prompted Lori's emotions. She was saying "bye" to Madison ... for the second time. We had moved her to Lexington, Ky., where she will soon start school.

  • News ... like food ... expires

    If you're a news organization, credibility is everything.

    It's your reputation, your standing in the community, even your bread and butter - as your advertisers will not want to do business with you if you are not a credible source of information.

    To that end, it's very important to check the facts before sending a story to print, putting it on a website or broadcasting it over the airwaves.

  • Join us for a good read

    Economic struggles, autism, bullies, death and love were all topics at Sunday's meeting of the CKNJ Bookmarks' reading group.

    We had a lively discussion about July's book selection, "Rainwater" by Sandra Brown.

    The novel took place during 1934 in Texas. The novel starred a hardworking single mother, an autistic child and a mysterious boarder with a terminal medical condition. As the townspeople, farmers and ranchers struggled both economically and spiritually, a malevolent evil in the form of a menacing town bully threatened their tenuous hold on survival.

  • Protecting sources means protecting the public

    During the course of its investigation into the current Gulf of Mexico oil spill, The Associated Press was given information from the then-office of Mineral Management Services that was not making a lot of sense.