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March 20, 2023

Funny Papers Again Column | ‘Oh, Thou Most Horrid of All Days!’

I have never held back vociferous disparagement of this date on the calendar, and I have no intention of abandoning that position at this late time in life. Today, as you all are aware, is the Winter Solstice; the shortest amount of daylight is...

Worthy to Print Column | Christmas in the Highlands

I went to a holiday party the other night. I’ll tell you more about that in another column. The reason I brought it up is because I awoke this morning after a dream that could have been caused by memories of past parties. I...

Funny Papers Again Column | Sadness and Gladness in Stormy Weather

“It must first be said that with increased residential and agricultural use and improved water management, flood concern is not what it was a few decades back.” Regarding the above statement, if I can be forgiven for using baseball metaphors at the height of football...

Worthy to Print Column | Cold Enough for You?

It sure is cold enough for me. This morning I had to get up early to go to a dentist appointment over in Monterey. When the old alarm clock said, “It’s time to get up,” I just pulled the covers up and said to...

Worthy to Print Column | Pants on Fire

Liar, liar, pants on fire! Have you ever heard those biting words as a child? Maybe it was just a schoolyard taunt by someone you didn’t get along with. Perhaps it was a case of “The dog ate my homework.” And your teacher was...

Guest Column | Gifts Help Re-Confirm or Establish a Connection With Others

Because it’s officially the season of giving, I’d like to take a moment to reflect on some precious gifts I’ve witnessed as CEO of Mee Memorial Healthcare System. A present of presence As its name implies, our amazing Service League is the driving force behind an...

Funny Papers Again Column | Enough — Let Judgments and Flood Waters Recede

As a last look at this year’s storms, I mention that social media users have leveled harsh criticism toward the many people who either blatantly disregarded signs or misjudged flood conditions that required rescue operations; some of these incidents resulted in death. To such...

Worthy to Print Column | Staying Up All Night

Did you get to see the blowout by the Eagles? My beautiful bride and I watched it until we started to think it was a lost cause and then we took a little nap. After the game, I took out the trash. It was...

Funny Papers Again Column | Me, Sir Richard and the Third Time Charm Rule

According to English language experts, the phrase “Third time the charm” dates back to the 1800s in Old Britain when the number 3 was thought to be fortuitous, and whenever it appeared at a significant time in a person’s life, it would bring good...

Funny Papers Again Column | America as Hostage: But Who Holds the Gun?

It is 3 a.m., this column will run Feb. 1, one week from this morning. According to statistics from 2020, by that date 868 people in the United States will have died from gun violence. Now that you see where this is heading, you...
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