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  • WOLFSIE: Please go away already My wife is planning our summer vacation, which we will take in the fall. We took our spring vacation this summer. We got behind in 1984 and still haven’t caught up. I don’t have much input into the planning of these trips, but Mary Ellen did assign m

    July 18, 2014

  • PETERS: What antibiotics may be doing to us It’s astonishing to think about, but when my grandfather was born, tuberculosis was the number one cause of death in our country. Worse still, one in five children didn’t live to see their fifth birthday, in large part due to endemic and epidemic dis

    July 18, 2014

  • ABBOTT: Fish are jumpin’ and the cotton is high Driving home from work for lunch I noticed a billboard for the county 4-H fair. How can it be that time already? How can summer be almost over when it just began? Is it a phenomenon of aging that time seems to move faster and faster?When I was a chil

    July 17, 2014

  • WILLIAMS: A fan, not a fanatic Wow, I saw on Facebook that you can buy a painting of Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow on velvet for about 100 British pounds (that’s $168 American).I love Johnny Depp. He’s by far my favorite actor and I especially like him in his incarnation as

    July 17, 2014

  • KITCHELL: One treasured office for Illinoisans There must be something about Illinois people who want to run for Indiana state treasurer.Julian Ridlen won two terms as state treasurer for the Republicans after he moved from Illinois to attend Anderson University.Kelly Mitchell, who won two terms

    July 16, 2014

  • VILLAGE IDIOT: Houseguests: Are they a threat or a menace? Some people like having lots of company. They like having plenty to do. They like big breakfasts and hearty lunches and specially prepared dinners. They are called houseguests, and as they also like to travel, they will be coming to your house soon —

    July 15, 2014

  • MARCUS: Private sector option for safer streets We were in Edinburgh at the Pixy Theater waiting to hear the Wright Brothers play. For reasons I cannot explain, I began to think of the growing concern about public safety in communities across the state. It was an incongruous series of thoughts in

    July 15, 2014

  • LYONS: Why President Obama makes the GOP panic If you pay too much attention to opinion polls, as most people do, doubtless you’ve heard that a plurality of voters has judged Barack Obama the worst president since World War II. Thirty-three percent, to be precise, which as it conflates almost exa

    July 14, 2014

  • HAYDEN: Financial hardships mount for military families Days before the July Fourth holiday, Holly Petraeus stood on the steps of the imposing Indiana War Memorial, in front of a bank of cameras, and made a plea to military families: Don’t let pride stand in the way of asking for help.It was a striking me

    July 14, 2014

  • Learning the art of painting I’ve been doing some painting lately.No, not the kind of painting that you do on the walls of your house. To that I say, “I don’t paint.” Besides, you wouldn’t want me painting the walls of your house. I’m horrible at it. And I’m not much better at p

    July 13, 2014

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