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· 12:04pm December 6th, 2013 · 19 hours ago
The Most important story in the news this year involves Paula Deen. Yeah, I know: That sounds absurd. Before you reach for the ‘Comment’ button, let me explain why, in a year in which ObamaCare, the Boston Marathon bombing, debt ceilings and government shutdowns affected just about everyone, the story that should be on the top of our list to worry about involves a TV personality.
· 5:19am December 4th, 2013
Multisyllabic expressions are intermittently an essential aspect of my preferred modus operandi for communications, as well as entertainment. In other words, I like to use big words, not only for more effective communication with other people, but also, sometimes, just for the fun of it. So, when we had a Christmas Hymn Synonym contest at a church Christmas party a few years ago, I found a funderful idea for a column.
· 5:19am December 4th, 2013
Whatever you have planned for Saturday – and while I know there may be a few exceptions– nothing on your schedule is more important than being at the VSMS library (we now call them LMCs – Library Media Centers) at noon. Saturday is Dec. 7, the date of the annual Pearl Harbor memorial service.
· 12:25pm December 2nd, 2013
'Twas the morn after Thanksgiving, and all through the house, The creatures are snoring, probably even the mouse. The tree is all set, with lights all aglow, And I am now thinking about presents that will go down below. With a glance at the clock, and the dog by my side, It's only half past 2, so alone I'll abide.
· 8:39am November 21st, 2013
Can one man – no, can a lone scrawny Marxist misfit with no real talent – buy a $21 mail order rifle, move back to Dallas after traveling to Mexico and Russia, find a job in a building overlooking the route in which President John F. Kennedy will ride through that city, then, while telling a colleague that what he was carrying into that building was “curtain rods,” sneak that rifle into his workpace, set up a sniper’s perch in a window more than 60 feet above the street and from there kill a President? I have s...
· 12:35pm November 20th, 2013
It seems the thing to do on Facebook is to list one thing you are thankful for every day in Thanksgiving, and I kinda like the idea. Thanksgiving is a time we traditionally, at least USED TO, take time out to thank God for our blessings over the past year. Now, it's turned into the "Holiday shop until you drop" day.
· 10:40am November 18th, 2013
“The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here…” The very first harsh comment concerning the Gettysburg Address – uttered on Nov.19 1863, 150 years ago tomorrow – came from its author. Abraham Lincoln’s first 1,000 days in office –it was actually 990 according to my count, from his inauguration to his most famous speech on Nov.
· 11:35pm November 15th, 2013
By Teresa Strong I am posting this for all the VS parents of athletes... high school athletics today has become extremely competitive..that goes without saying...but for some reason in the VS community there is this mentality that having your athlete on an outside off season club such as Eastern Iowa Extreme or Rapid Spikers or Legit or Iowa Rockets or Six Pack, etc.
· 11:48am November 14th, 2013
It's been said over and over, that our kids are not as bright as they used to be. In other words, Dad, Mom, you ARE smarter than a 5th grader! You and I know that. UNTIL you start to do something your grandparents did, and they thought nothing of it. Like, raise chickens. That's right.
· 1:43am November 11th, 2013
Post 170 MJ Kirby Auxiliary Unit, Blairstown To the Editor: The members of American Legion Auxiliary MJ Kirby Post # 170 would like to express our sincere appreciation for the men and women who serve or have served in the United States Armed Forces. Thank you for serving this great country.