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Nov. 11 is special day for all of us

Veterans Day: A federal holiday in the U.S. observed annually on Nov. 11 for honoring military veterans. It coincides with other holidays that are celebrated in other countries marking the anniversary of the end of World War I. Veterans Day is distinct from Memorial...

Halloween candy poll is suspicious

Trick or treating: “I don’t know if there are real ghosts or goblins, but there are always more trick-or-treaters than neighborhood kids.”  Robert Breault, American operatic tenor As a recovering chocoholic, I read the headline with interest: “Reese’s Peanut Butter...

Family marks 100th opening day hunt

     Pheasant opener: 1919, South Dakota’s first pheasant season, a one-day affair when roughly 1,000 hunters bag 200 birds. – Pheasants Forever When you talk about pheasant hunting traditions, the Wagner family must be at the top of the list. Last weekend’s opener...

Looking forward to Indian Summer

     Indian Summer:  “A period of unusually settled warm weather after the end of summer proper. Probably so named because it was first noted in regions occupied by American Indians.” – Collins Unabridged English Dictionary It’s embarrassing, but I must admit that I...

It’s been a good run at the Courier

Editor: “Show me a contented newspaper editor and I will show you a bad newspaper.” Arthur Christiansen, British journalist When I learned that the owner of the Clark County Courier was going to retire, I immediately thought, oh my gosh, who’s going to carry on? Bill...

When fairness isn’t equality

Income inequality: “Our focus should be on making the most of our own lives, regardless of whether we start at the bottom or the top – not on envying the advantages and achievements of others.” Yaron Brook, author, activist A headline last week trumpeted that “income...

Pushing back and persevering

       Mother Nature: “People need to be cautious because anything built by man can be destroyed by Mother Nature.” – Russel Honore, commander, Joint Task Force Katrina Charlie, who ranches south of Murdo, pointed down the bank of the White River, first left, then...

Buying ‘domestic’ car is hard work

  American-made: “How you define an American car is one of the great conundrums of this world.” – Dutch Mandel, AutoWeek The carpenter was leaving our garage and on his way out peered at the bumper sticker on my pickup. He asked me where he could get one. I said...

High school football follies

     High school football: “In high school, the coach kept me on the bench all year. On the last game of the season, the crowd was yelling, ‘We want Youngman! We want Youngman!’ The coach says, ‘Youngman – go see what they want!’ ” – Henny Youngman, American comedian...

New teachers make their mark

     Teaching: “Teachers, I believe, are the most responsible and important members of society because their professional efforts affect the fate of the earth.” – Helen Caldicott, Australian physician and author Twenty-four sets of eyes were watching as I introduced...