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Here’s a word debate that’s worth having

     The Lord’s Prayer: Also called the Our Father (Latin, Pater Noster) is a venerated Christian prayer which, according to the New Testament, Jesus taught as the way to pray. — Wikipedia Some word debates are more important than others. Pope Francis, by...

Of spell-checkers and spelling bees

Spelling: “It’s a damn poor mind that can think of only one way to spell a word.” – President Andrew Jackson Was it Miss Green’s class, or Mr. Hubbling’s? Maybe both. On some Friday afternoons, the grade school teacher would ask an equal number of students to stand on...

Trying to figure weather extremes

     Weather extremes: “The federal government is starting to plan for climate change by making extended forecasts to help people plan for extreme weather – because what can go wrong when you combine the efficiency of government with the accuracy of weathermen?” –...

Vaping yet another temptation for kids

     Vaping: To inhale vapor through the mouth from a usually battery-operated device, such as an electronic cigarette, that heats up and vaporizes a liquid or a solid. – Merriam Webster Dictionary When my grandson’s baseball coach lit up at practice the other day, I...

Runner displays lesson for grads

     Ambition: “A dream without ambition is like a car without gas. It’s not going anywhere.” – Sean Hampton, American actor. As predicted, the Aberdeen runner was way ahead and had lapped many in the field as he breezed to the finish line. Clearly, Aaron Ryan was no...

Old Man Winter overstayed welcome

     Old Man Winter: “A personification of winter. The name is a colloquialism for the winter season derived from ancient Greek mythology and Old World pagan beliefs evolving into modern characters in both literature and popular culture.” — Wikipedia Now that...

Are summer jobs important to teens?

    H-2B visa: A program permitting employers to hire foreign workers temporarily and perform nonagricultural services or labor on a one-time, seasonal, peakload or intermittent basis. — Wikipedia “Fill it up and check the oil.” It was the most common order ever...

Hemp: It’s only a matter of time

     Hemp: Hemp, or industrial hemp, typically found in the northern hemisphere, is a variety of the cannabis sativa plant species that is grown specifically for the industrial uses of its derived products. — Wikipedia Some of the best conversations take place...

Redactions both hide and protect

    Redacted: To put into suitable literary form; revise, edit. To hide or remove (confidential parts of a text) before publication or distribution. – Dictionary.com During my time as a court and cops reporter for the Brookings Register in the 1970s, I rarely came...

Another day, another dollar for Uncle Sam

      Taxation: “To compel a man to furnish funds for the propagation of ideas he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.” — Thomas Jefferson The sign along I-90 quotes Romans 6:23: “The wages of sin is death.” And then there is the clever retort by...