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About a year ago, Pauline Vaughn, who serves as director of the Coffee County Public Library in Manchester told me about the Libby app while we were waiting for a meeting of the Coffee County Budget and Finance Committee to begin. Our conversation about books was a much-welcomed escape from …

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‘Clutch’ is a word that is used quite a bit in the sports world. Some of the best athletes that have ever graced American sports have been described as such. This sporting year, even with all the strangeness of COVID, has already demonstrated the value of this trait. But what does it mean to…

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My mother, Mariyana Marina, makes me laugh and drives me crazy. She scolds me and spoils me. While she believes I can conquer any endeavor, she still wants to give me directions for simple tasks. She’s the hardest worker I know, but she always tells me I need to take a break.  

Each year, I write an "I was wrong" column. In case you haven't noticed, most columnists are right about everything. Just ask them. They will tell you why a particular politician is inept, or why a football coach should be fired. These columnists are well-paid experts who regularly offer the…

News moves quickly in this age of Trump. Remember when, just weeks ago, Trump was a “Russian spy” and Stormy Daniels’ attorney Michael Avenatti was on TV every night being hailed as a leading Democrat nominee for President? Here are a few topics I prepared to write on, but then Trump did som…

I know it isn’t cool to say this in 2019, but it needs to be said. Let me get this out in the open, and state it for the record. I am a newspaper addict. On vacation, I pack a roll of quarters, and I have been known to track down the last paper rack in town. If I cannot find my daily dose of…

This month marks the seventieth anniversary of Mental Health Month. In the decades since the first observance, stigma surrounding mental health issues has greatly reduced. However, misconceptions and misinformation still exist. It is vital for the one in five Americans who live with mental h…

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About a year ago, Pauline Vaughn, who serves as director of the Coffee County Public Library in Manchester told me about the Libby app while we were waiting for a meeting of the Coffee County Budget and Finance Committee to begin. Our conversation about books was a much-welcomed escape from …

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‘Clutch’ is a word that is used quite a bit in the sports world. Some of the best athletes that have ever graced American sports have been described as such. This sporting year, even with all the strangeness of COVID, has already demonstrated the value of this trait. But what does it mean to…

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My mother, Mariyana Marina, makes me laugh and drives me crazy. She scolds me and spoils me. While she believes I can conquer any endeavor, she still wants to give me directions for simple tasks. She’s the hardest worker I know, but she always tells me I need to take a break.  

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This cartoon will be published in the Dec. 25 issue of The Manchester Times Dec. 25.

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Someone may need to hear this today, and I feel the need to say it.

Each year, I write an "I was wrong" column. In case you haven't noticed, most columnists are right about everything. Just ask them. They will tell you why a particular politician is inept, or why a football coach should be fired. These columnists are well-paid experts who regularly offer the…

Worries about Iran’s attacks on Saudi ships in the Strait of Hormuz caused many to fear war in the region. The warmongering neocon faction of the GOP, thankfully no longer in the White House, and Obama’s passive/aggressive team, might have had us at war by now.  And based on U.S. “intelligen…

News moves quickly in this age of Trump. Remember when, just weeks ago, Trump was a “Russian spy” and Stormy Daniels’ attorney Michael Avenatti was on TV every night being hailed as a leading Democrat nominee for President? Here are a few topics I prepared to write on, but then Trump did som…

I know it isn’t cool to say this in 2019, but it needs to be said. Let me get this out in the open, and state it for the record. I am a newspaper addict. On vacation, I pack a roll of quarters, and I have been known to track down the last paper rack in town. If I cannot find my daily dose of…

You lead a busy life. You cannot be expected to keep up with all the major happenings of the world. That is why I am here. As you read this column, you are burdened by someone who cares. So in my continuing efforts to keep you informed, here are some of the earth-shattering news nuggets you …

As the most anxious group (called “Gen Z”) of recent grads enters the hottest job market in recent history, here’s some advice. Buckle up, buttercups; the real world is nothing like that for which those left-wing, unionized teachers prepared you. It’s a jungle out there and only the fittest …

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We recently moved into our new house (location undisclosed, don’t bother me), which is not THAT far off the beaten path. We are 10-15 minutes from town, and about that far from any kind of high-speed internet. But this move, which locates us near my grandparents, leads my grandpa (on a weekl…

This month marks the seventieth anniversary of Mental Health Month. In the decades since the first observance, stigma surrounding mental health issues has greatly reduced. However, misconceptions and misinformation still exist. It is vital for the one in five Americans who live with mental h…

Happy Mother's Day to my dear wife who is a great mom and to every Mother everywhere!

Beating all expectations, the U.S. economy continued to grow at an exceptional 3.2 percent rate in the first quarter of the year. Unemployment is at an historic low, consumer spending is up, and the stock markets hit new highs. Trump’s success drives limousine liberals nuts. As they spend la…

For two years I have said there is nothing to this embarrassing, wasteful and farcical Russian collusion investigation. There has been no evidence, but what I did not realize is that “evidence” is no longer needed in our out-of-control, unaccountable and politicized justice system in order t…

I bought a leaf blower last year.  I know, stop the presses, this is big news! But it taught me a lesson.  Two actually.  One, if I win the lottery, I will hire someone to do my yard work.  And two, I must start writing more online reviews.

Tiger Woods, who became his own cautionary tale, made his redemptive comeback last week and won the Masters after 3,950 days since his last major win. His son Charlie and daughter Sam hugged him emotionally on 18. It’s probably the best comeback story in sports and one the nation universally…

Well, I opened a can of worms.  A few months ago, I listed a few of the common spelling mistakes that make us laugh (or groan).  Since then, my mailbox runneth over with more.  So before the “statue” of limitations runs out (where IS that statue, anyway?) let’s review a few from the Bad Spel…

A half century ago, Glen Campbell sang of “the everyday housewife who gave up the good life for me.” On television Laura Petrie, Harriet Nelson, and the bewitching Samantha Stephens made housewifery seem downright glamorous. Advertisers wooed the “little ladies” of the home, enticing them wi…

Economists in Great Britain and the EU predicted that the UK’s economy would collapse if it voted for Brexit. It hasn’t; in fact, it has prospered. Apparently English government economic forecasts are about as good as their dentistry.

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True confession:  I am a hugger.  There, I said it.  It is out in the open.

National Volunteer Week is April 7-13 and organizations across the country are celebrating the gifts of time and talent that individuals selflessly give to help others. Nowhere is this commitment more valuable and heartfelt than in hospice.

In many elementary and middle schools, police officers have been teaching healthy living programs for decades.  The first was called Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE).  It was replaced a few years ago by C.H.A.M.P.S (Choosing Healthy Activities and Methods Promoting Safety).

The media/Democrats and their deep state prosecutors have spent more than two years breathlessly bombarding this administration with baseless accusations, initiated by a knowingly false Hilly Clinton/DNC “dossier.” It painted Trump as a Russian James Bond villain, "Gold Hair."

83-year-old rockabilly pioneer Jerry Lee Lewis suffered a stroke recently, and had to postpone his upcoming concert dates. His doctors say he will recover, and he plans to resume touring when his health permits. I sure hope he does.

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Ah, Spring Break. The time of year when so many are posting on social media their photos from Florida, onboard a luxurious cruise ship or some other warm, envious location, reminding us all that now is the time to go rob their house.

We continue to encourage our kids to go to awful colleges, load up on stifling student loan debt, resulting in unfulfilled dreams. When many of these kids need to just get a job or learn a trade.

I’m sure you’ve noticed. In recent weeks, some high profile politicians have been using naughty words.

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I’ve been busy over the past few weeks as we’ve finally gotten settled into our new house – please excuse my infrequent musings. Allow me to catch you up.

With all the hoax “hate crimes” and #MeToo shakedowns, a buddy of mine said he wants to get in on the action. He was going to claim to be sexually harassed/hate-crimed at work and, when asked by whom, he planned to respond, “By anyone who will settle.”  

Baseball season is here and not a moment too soon.  After enduring a gray winter, I’m ready for some delicious, overpriced hot dogs.

It happens when I’m in the car. It happens when I’m on the air. It happens daily, everywhere.

With a new batch of politicians in D.C. espousing socialism, victimization and House freshman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (“AOC”) running Amazon’s jobs out of New York, etc., it might be a good time to re-read Ayn Rand’s work.

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What if I told you there is a surefire way to reduce auto accidents, and prevent a considerable amount of fatalities? You would be interested, right?

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At the risk of coming across as the poster boy for self-pity, allow me to fill you in on the litany of “of course that happened to me” events that have riddled my life over the past, well, 16 months or so.