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Let's put on our rose-colored glasses

March 20, 2013

By Jennifer Joyner

My mother recently read me something she saw on Facebook. I believe it's worth sharing here in its entirety:
“Don't we all want a joy-filled life? Then let's get it. Life is too short not to, my friends. Strengthen up those struggle muscles (yes, we all have them) and get an emotional makeover. It is time to start clearing out the junk and stop tolerating the funk. You have done all you can do as long as you can, and it's time to give it all to God.
“How? Stand up … Kick the dirt … Breathe in … Pray …

Sense and Nonsense: Happy wishes to all on this St. Pat's Day

March 18, 2013

By Lynda Hollenbeck

On St. Patrick's Day, everyone is either Irish or an Irish wannabe. It's a time for parades, Irish dancing, parties and having fun.
As a Parnell (my maiden name), I can boast of Irish heritage and say unequivocally that I love all the traditions normally associated with St. Paddy's Day. (With one exception: I don't drink beer, green or otherwise, but I can sip on my Dr Pepper if someone else chooses to do so.)

Is this recession simply running out of steam?

March 18, 2013

By Steve Boggs, publisher. sboggs@bentoncourier.com

There are signs of life in our economy, without a doubt. Unemployment is down, the stock market is riding an all-time high win streak, and the housing market is showing signs of sustained life. We’re in an energy boom, and every day we hear stories of a few manufacturing jobs returning to the U.S. It is an uptick, to be sure.

Enter the Net: New laws could ‘free’ your phone to change carriers

March 15, 2013

By David Hughes

Chances are your cell phone(s) and cellular-connected tablet computers are being held hostage. No, the criminal doesn’t have a gun or hide in shadows waiting to reach out and snatch it (them). Believe it or not, it’s a so-called “public servant” ( ha ha ha ha) paid with your tax dollars.
Just who is this vile person? Is it a member of Congress? No … funny how that was your first guess.
Believe it or not, it’s the Librarian of Congress, James H. Billington, who has held the office since Sept. 14, 1987! He is the 13th person to hold this august title.

Common Sense: Beware, the lowly gallinipper's bite

March 15, 2013

By Brent Davis

Spring break will soon be upon us. Schools will empty and many homes will do the same as the annual trek to warmer climates takes place. A popular destination for Saline Countians is Florida. The surf. The sand. The sun. Paradise.
Or is it?
This year, travelers may encounter what is described as an aggressive mosquito. The scientific name for this so-called monster is Psorophora ciliata, but often goes by the name "gallinippers."

Sense and Nonsense: Don't count the skinnies out; there are some that are 'magnificent'

March 15, 2013

By Lynda Hollenbeck

When I referred to them as a group, it was by the moniker "The Magnificent Seven."
This wasn't a band of American gunmen hired to protect a small agricultural village in Mexico from a group of marauding Mexican bandits. Indeed they bore no resemblance to Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, James Coburn, Robert Vaughn, Brad Dexter, and Horst Buchholz, who portrayed the mighty seven in the movie that was actually a western-style remake based on Akira Kurosawa's 1954 Japanese film "Seven Samurai."

Common Sense: Macaroni and cheese can cause hyperactivity?

March 10, 2013

By Brent Davis

We the People: Congress continues political games

March 10, 2013

By Clark Hopper

Congress is still putting on a circus regarding the sequester. Republicans are saying if we do not not have budget cuts this year, the whole U.S. economy will collapse because of the nation’s enormous indebtedness. The Democrats say economic recovery will be derailed and the automatic cuts of 8 percent for the Pentagon and 5 percent for other programs will compromise our nation’s defense.

Enter the Net: Telecommuting ban short-sighted at best

March 6, 2013

By David Hughes

One of the boons which have come from the spreading growth of broadband Internet for the public has been the increase and popularity of telecommuting. This is especially true in areas where hour-long commutes to and from work are considered as “short.”
This is especially true here in the Washington, DC area with its thousands of companies spread out of hundreds of square miles. Because of housing prices the closer you live to the District of Columbia, the higher housing cost escalates.

Bringing millions back to the Bible

March 6, 2013

By Steve Boggs, publisher of The Saline Courier

Did you watch the The Bible on the History Channel last Sunday night? If you did, you’re not alone. The premier episodes of the 10-part series draw large ratings for the cable outlet, and they will only get bigger as the series progresses.

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