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Nurturing out capacity for regeneration

Sparkling in the sunlight that inspired 19th-century romantic painters of the Hudson River School, Sing Sing prison’s razor wire, through which inmates can see the flowing river, is almost pretty. Almost. Rain or shine, however, a fog of regret permeates any maximum-security prison. But 37 ...

Thinking of those who build things on Father’s Day

Father’s Day was last weekend, and I found myself thinking in particular about the men who build things in this country. Perhaps it’s because there is a national conversation going on about the “working class” in America. The statistics are appalling: rising rates of poverty, ...

Old Man River’s Cheers & Jeers

CHEERS to The Lansing Sportsmen's Club for honoring local pitching legend Phil Niekro on his 20th anniversary of being inducted into the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame.The club is holding a special event at 6:30 p.m. June 22 at the Skyliner that is open to the public. The event will also ...

Are we being invaded by white pickups?

It seems like they are everywhere these days -- white pickup trucks can be found all over our local region. That may not seem too significant to most people. In fact, many folks probably haven’t even noticed. I think those vehicles stand out to me when I see them because for several years, ...

Grads and Dads Also Deserve A Tribute

Last month, I wrote my May article as a tribute to mothers. Now I feel it's only fair to pay tribute to dads everywhere during Fatherás Day. This time of year also produces many graduates in our area. My husband and I get a few graduation announcements each year. Usually I just send off a ...

Doing things that are good for you

It's easy to forget what music can do for the soul. Unless you are a professional musician - or just one lucky individual - you probably don't have the time to spend a couple of hours just listening to music on a regular basis. I don't mean having the radio on in the background while you ...

Nation’s eroding standards erode our civilization

President Trump is having a bad week within a string of bad weeks. David Graham at The Atlantic wonders aloud whether his presidency is “on the verge of collapse.” It’s distressing. More concerning still are the larger trends and what they portend for the country. Consider: Hillary ...

The federal government’s ever-expanding web

A blind spider creeping through America’s judicial thicket might be heading to the Supreme Court, which will have to decide if the contentment or even the survival of the Bone Cave Harvestman spider species, which lives only in two central Texas counties, is any of the federal government’s ...

Today’s political showcase could be ‘Anger Games’

“Hate is a more powerful motivator than love.” According to the new Netflix documentary “Get Me Roger Stone,” that is one of the “rules” the self-described Republican “agent provocateur” has lived by. Stone, of course, is a showman. The “evil political operator” pose is to ...

You are wrong about my life

Dear Annie: I have read your advice column off and on for a while and am excited to see you have a Facebook page that you post things to. I’d like your advice, as I have in-laws who have sent me various columns of yours that feature letters from people whose situations they think mirror ...

Where does the weight go when you lose it

DEAR DR. ROACH: When you lose weight through diet and exercise, where does the weight go? — L.A.J. ANSWER: Weight gain and weight loss in the very short term can be related to body fluid, but I think you are really talking about people who have made a long-term loss of, say, 10 pounds. ...

Flight fulfillment

Dear Readers: Today’s SOUND OFF is about all the airlines, from a former airline employee. — Heloise “Dear Heloise: I’ve worked as an airline flight attendant for two major airlines over an 11-year period. “We love our passengers, and we strive to make them happy and ...

‘Baumol’s Disease’ a reality in workplace

Although William J. Baumol, who recently died at 95, was not widely known beyond the ranks of economists, all Americans are living with, and policymakers are struggling with, “Baumol’s disease.” It is one reason brisk economic growth is becoming more elusive as it becomes more urgent. And ...

Daughter punishing parent for election vote

Dear Annie: We have a situation in our family, and it may be a problem in other families. Maybe you have an answer to help us all. I voted my conscience in the most recent presidential election, but I feel I am being punished by my daughter and her family, who didn’t agree with me. She ...

Daughter punishing parent for election vote

Dear Annie: We have a situation in our family, and it may be a problem in other families. Maybe you have an answer to help us all. I voted my conscience in the most recent presidential election, but I feel I am being punished by my daughter and her family, who didn’t agree with me. She ...

We’ve come to ‘Animal House’ governance

“But what good came of it at last?” Quoth little Peterkin. “Why that I cannot tell,” said he, “But ‘twas a famous victory.” — Robert Southey “The Battle of Blenheim” (1798) Southey, a pacifist, wrote his anti-war poem long after the 1704 battle for which the ...

It’s past time we debunk the ‘pre-existing’ lie

If you’ve only followed coverage of the Republican health care bill loosely in the media, you might believe that House Republicans, after much effort, passed legislation to deny people with pre-existing conditions health insurance. The issue of pre-existing conditions has dominated the ...

Partner thinking of leaving after 36 years

Dear Annie: I have been living with my partner for 36 years. By all outside appearances, he is a very good man. And in many ways, he is. But in the important ways, he is not. Birthdays and special holidays are never acknowledged; he makes snide comments about my weight; he’s never been there ...

Creaks and cracks may be due to arthritis

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am an 83-year-old man in reasonably good health. About six months ago, I started hearing a cracking noise when I turned my head sideways or up and down. Sometimes it would happen every 15 seconds. No one can hear it but me, which is why I haven’t gone to my family doctor. I ...

The son-in-law’s new woman

Dear Annie: Our only child died of a quickly moving cancer. She left a husband and four teenage children. Less than one year after her death, our son-in-law, “Ben,” was captured by a woman less than 10 years older than our eldest grandchild. This woman, “Meredith,” was married at the ...