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A 9/11 perspective and the Freedom Rock

By Dean Close · 12:29pm September 18th, 2014 · 5 hours ago
I had hoped and planned to spend the 13th anniversary of September 11, and the following weekend, in Baltimore, where a huge celebration honored the 200th anniversary of the writing of the Star Spangled Banner. Instead, I began the day with a visit to the hospital, where my twin brother was recovering from a quadruple bypass surgery, followed by a road trip.

To the Editor: Writer awaits discussion from gun rights advocates

By Rosemary Schwartz · 3:01pm September 14th, 2014
To The Editor, I need to again restate what I wrote. I did not use the term “gun lovers” rather people who love guns which is a true statement. I did not suggest that you turn in your guns, I did not say we need more laws. Why is it that it is all or nothing with gun rights advocates? My late husband was a hunter, heck I even purchased a gun for him as a gift.

Letter To The Editor: Writer asks for rational discussion concerning guns

By Rosemary Schwartz · 11:25pm September 10th, 2014
To the Editor, I remember a few years ago sitting at a courthouse meeting where people who love guns were making an argument to the Supervisors that there should be no restrictions on people carrying guns on county property including the courthouse because it is our “right” to carry guns anywhere we want to.

To the Editor: The meaning of 'left' vs 'right'

By John Stiegelmeyer · 7:29pm September 7th, 2014
To the Editor, Do we as voters understand the left vs. right argument? What does it mean to be a liberal, progressive, moderate, libertarian, conservative, and just who is radical in their ideology? From “The Five Thousand Year Leap” a must read for all Americans. Reference page 10, 11 – draw a horizontal line (no matter how long).

A tribute to soldiers on a monumental 150th anniversary

By Dean Close · 11:04pm August 31st, 2014
Yeah, I know: It’s Labor Day Weekend. But this week is the 150th anniversary of one of the most significant events in American military history – and event in which many area soldiers with names familiar to our community died. The men mentioned below fought in the Iowa Brigade with Sherman during the last year of the Civil War.

Old Friends and New Old Friends

By Valerie Close · 12:21pm August 12th, 2014
This week I got to do something I haven't done in a couple years, catch up with a dear friend. Now we live a mere 20 minutes apart and you'd think it would be easy to stay in touch, but noooo. See, she and I both had this weird idea that we would raise a herd of children and be stay at home moms.

AD is not a disorder....

By Dean Close · 12:33pm July 11th, 2014
A high school classmate who now works in education recently posted a link on Facebook that addressed the connection between the lack of recess time for students and the increase in young students being diagnosed with ADHD. This reminded me of something I read a while ago. I was sitting in a waiting room when I found proof that, yes, indeed, there is such a thing as a stupid question.

To The Editor: Prevent drug and alcohol abuse before it occurs

By Peter Shaw · 10:47am July 7th, 2014
I first heard or maybe read this trademark, "If You See Something, Say Something", when it was used by the Department of Homeland Security. Come to find out the trademark is owned by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority Corporation New York. Its usage was intended to raise awareness and prevent terrorism.

Pastor's Blog: Christianity isn't....

By Zach Zajicek · 10:30pm July 4th, 2014
So, last time we discussed the question, “What is Christianity?” The last two articles I’ve written present a biblical perspective for answering this question. There are many things that Christianity is- there are certain ‘marks’ or ‘characteristics’ that indicate the presence of authentic Christianity in a person or group of persons, the church.

The best 4th of July poem, ever...

By Dean Close · 1:15pm July 3rd, 2014
Years ago, I bought some old (late 19th century) books at a book sale for an organization in Independence. One of those contained the following poem, written around Centennial of our country. I have not seen any poem that comes close to capturing the celebration, sacrifice and commitment that Will Carleton expressed in his poem.

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