OPINION: The perils of mice and men

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Few things in life frighten me. One of my sisters once told me that I must not have enough sense to know when I may be in danger. I’ve had wild horses stampede a campsite in the middle of the night, seen bears outside my tent, heard a wild boar snorting outside my tent, encountered […]

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OPINION: Getting to a better tomorrow means learning from mistakes today

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They are going to make mistakes. It’s practically guaranteed. High school and college students as well as young professionals are bound to trip up in big and small ways. Their mistakes may make the news, may be life altering or may jeopardize their finances and/or freedom. The start of the school year is the time […]

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After Olympic Games conclude, the real games begin

After Olympic Games conclude, the real games begin

Days before the closing ceremony of the 2016 Summer Olympic Games were to be held, I had already started to feel the dread. After days and nights of watching hours of swimming, diving, fencing, canoeing, gymnastics, volleyball, water polo, trampoline, weightlifting, track and field and so many other sports, I realized that my life was […]

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OPINION: Random thoughts on late summer

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Summer is nearing an end. Fall will officially usher in on Sept. 22 at 10:21 a.m. with the Fall Equinox. The summer of 2016 has included discourse between the public and those in law enforcement in many communities, terrorism at home and abroad, hotly debated political issues and candidates on the local and national fronts, […]

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OPINION: A most exceptional games–they certainly were

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“The Atlanta Centennial Games were most exceptional,” International Olympic Committee (IOC) Chairman, Juan Antonio Samaranch in his post-Olympiad assessment of the Centennial Olympic Games in 1996. One of the many wise things my father once told me—and which I did not believe at that time—is how quickly time flies after you cross the mid-century mark. It […]

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OPINION: What’s a Libertarian, and why should I care?

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“Every face on Mt. Rushmore was a third party candidate at some point or another,” former New Mexico Governor, Gary Johnson, Libertarian Party presidential nominee 2016. George Washington was a Federalist, Thomas Jefferson helped birth a third party among the Federalists and Whigs, Teddy Roosevelt became President following the assassination of Garfield, was re-elected as a […]

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OPINION: The political season: this too shall pass

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From now until November, we likely will be bombarded with paid and unpaid political messages, endorsements, analysis and mudslinging the likes of which we have never before seen. Most have already seen the ugliness begin even prior to the national political conventions that have just played out. Social media is a hotbed of nonstop political […]

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OPINION: Olympics highlight more than sports

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Football season is just OK. I don’t have much interest in basketball, and I only occasionally get interested in baseball. Soccer and hockey mean nothing to me. Obviously I’m not a major sports fan. However, every couple of years I develop a rabid interest in athletics—swimming, track and field, gymnastics and more. Yes, I become […]

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