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Connecting and reconnecting


Connecting and reconnecting Over the last two months, I’ve had the pleasure of connecting with old friends and making new ones along the way. You really don’t know how much it does a body good until you actually take the time and effort to connect with friends who know you well. Back in February, I hung out in Austin with […]

The case of the missing coal furnace


When I was six years old my family moved from Chicago to Montrose, Colorado, a nice town of about 4,000 people on the Western Slope of the Continental Divide, about 64 miles from Grand Junction. It is difficult to think of any American town as being isolated, but in 1947 Montrose could have been on the edge of the earth […]

Privileged and embarrassed


I’ve been mulling over the most recent happenings involving two black men getting arrested at a Starbucks in Philadelphia. One of the men has been identified as Rashon Nelson. He is a 2017 graduate of Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania with a degree in finance.      As I shake my head and wonder what the manager was thinking, I’m reminded […]

There’s strawberry shortcake, strawberry wine, strawberry funnel cake, strawberry ice cream …


Oh goodness! It is that time of year again where all things strawberry will be served at the Poteet Strawberry Festival. And while the list rattles off much like  Forrest Gump’s friend, Bubba Blue, talking about shrimp, there is so much more than these delicious berry treats! While getting together the information for our special section I was typesetting the […]

We’re as mad as …


  No, I’m not channeling Peter Finch’s character Howard Beale – the disillusioned anchor from the 1976 movie, Network. But I could if a certain trade sanction happens.      Newspapers across the country are faced with the possibility of tariffs on newsprint.      This will not just affect newspapers, but ALL companies who rely on the Canadian imports […]

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