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Update from the county judge

Sep 03, 2015 5:30pm

We have just completed eight months and have only four months left in 2015. I would like to bring you up-to-date on the roads, some happenings in the county, and about upcoming events.


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Opinion Seven decades is enough

Jul 23, 2015 11:16pm

We are today 70 years out from the fateful interregnum period between the world’s first atomic bomb explosion — the test fire Trinity at Alamogordo, New Mexico, on July 16, 1945 — and the world’s...

Opinion State of the Nation

Jul 16, 2015 2:23pm

In public addresses, President Obama assures the American people that the U.S. military command is greater than any other in the world. One must wonder if he is aware that the U.S. has not won a...

Opinion My Turn Let’s start at home to wipe out hunger

Jul 09, 2015 3:49pm

Did you know statistics show that in Van Buren County 19.3 percent of households are considered food insecure, which means that 3,310 people in our county of fewer than 18,000 people do not know...

Opinion From the Forum: There has never been a Social Security Trust Fund

Jul 09, 2015 3:49pm

The facts presented here can be verified by contacting the agency that collects and maintains these records.

The political season is upon us and those who have lost the off button on their...

OpinionWorst response to injustice (except for all the rest)

Jul 09, 2015 3:48pm

Democracy, said Winston Churchill, is the worst form of government — except for all the rest.

This is also true for nonviolence. When people are victims of injustice, especially a violent...

Opinion: My Turn Contest, film turn spotlight on Alzheimer’s

Jul 02, 2015 4:11pm

I received an e-mail last week from RN Ron Henson who writes the delightful and informative Ron’s Chicken Soup column for the Democrat. In it he asked if we would announce a “Caregiver of the Year...

Now serving student No. 6

Apr 02, 2015 3:29pm

Recently, I attended a meeting where an administrator from a small public university treated the audience to a review of his institution’s new “brand identity campaign.” There’s a lot I don’t like...

A jumble of cookies to remember

Mar 26, 2015 9:42pm

In the Broadway musical version of the Addams Family, Grandma tells a crestfallen Pugsley, “That’s life, kid. You lose the thing you love.” I saw this musical several years ago. For all the show’s...

From ashes to prosperity …

Mar 12, 2015 11:13pm

In 79 A.D. Mount Vesuvius near modern Naples, Italy, erupted, burying the city of Pompeii in a thick blanket of volcanic ash. As one witness to the calamity wrote, the dust “poured across the land...

Other Voices When might defeats right

Jan 15, 2015 5:17pm

Last week Islamic terrorists with historic ties to al-Qaeda stormed the offices of Charlie Hebdo, a satirical French newspaper. In the ensuing melee 12 people were murdered.

This is not the...


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