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SENSE AND NONSENSE: Y'all just come on down to the house and we'll talk Southern.

January 16, 2013

By Lynda Hollenbeck

As a product of the South — and a lifelong resident — I can attest to the fact that there’s a Southern expression for practically everything.
I can’t explain why we Southern folk turn our talk in a different manner. I just know that we do.
Recently, I became aware of this anew in a conversation with co-worker Maribeth Bueche, a native of Colorado. The language acquired in her midwestern upbringing didn’t encompass a lot of words and phrases that are common to those us who have never lived above the Mason-Dixon Line.

BOGGS: What does the future hold for the Courier?

January 16, 2013

By Steve Boggs, publisher of The Saline Courier

It is a privilege to serve as publisher of your local paper. The Courier has a long and rich tradition of excellence, and my goal is to maintain and add to the newspaper’s 137-year thread of reporting local news to the residents of Saline County.
I’m looking forward to getting to know people in the community and welcome any input you have. We have a solid staff with a good attitude and there is much to be done moving forward.

JOYNER: Taking interest in the small things

January 16, 2013

By Jennifer Joyner

Not too long ago, I took my 2-year-old son, Dylan, to the zoo. I had been looking forward to this event for months because I just knew he would be absolutely mesmerized by seeing the animals.
Since he was six months old, his favorite books and toys all featured wildlife. He has always loved to play with his stuffed animals and often gets on all fours and roars like a lion.
Every time there is a dog or cat in our vicinity, his eyes light up. I thought the first trip to the zoo was going to be an incredible experience for him.

THE DEM PARTY LINE: Congress Needs to Address America’s Real Budget Buster

January 16, 2013

By Clark Hopper

OUT OF THE BOX: Cats, manure and science projects

January 16, 2013

By Camille Nesler

It’s that dreaded time of year again and all parents know what I’m
talking about: it’s science fair project time at all the schools. Any
day now my kids will be bringing home a note announcing this dreaded
annual event. They will also inform me that I “have to” to help them.
Great. I think I’d rather stick nails under my fingernails than come
up with one more idea for a science project.
Back when I was in school, we didn’t do projects for science fairs
until we were in the 9th grade. That seems perfectly reasonable to me.

DAVIS: Watching 'blanding' is about sizzle, not steak

January 16, 2013

By Brent Davis, editor of The Saline Courier

What’s new, shiny and found all over?
No, it’s not the new iPhone. What’s found everywhere is -- everything! I see the “blanding” of America every day. You do, too, but may not even realize it. Blanding is the homogenization of our society and what it looks like. I am not making reference to race or skin color. Let me explain.

ENTER THE NET: Refurb phones don’t help me

January 16, 2013

By David Hughes

One of the things I value when dealing with a company is customer support services and do they listen when you call with a problem. Sprint has been my wireless phone carrier of choice for nigh onto 15 years – despite some of their delivery problems.
I felt through the years their pricing police were fair (as can be expected from this type company) and the fact they still offer unlimited data for a flat rate.

SENSE AND NONSENSE: Catastrophic moments can prompt wonderful acts of compassion

January 7, 2013

By Lynda Hollenbeck

It's widely known that crisis situations tend to bring out the best in people.
Even the cranks and complainers often come forward to offer help when they see that the chips are down for others who truly need help.
This has certainly been true in many instances in recent days in this community and, I'm certain, throughout the state. Saline County was hit hard in the recent ice storm that caused extensive property damage.

JOYNER: A new year means a fresh start

January 7, 2013

By Jennifer Joyner

It feels to me like we just celebrated the start of 2012, but here we are in 2013. I can't believe how quickly time passed.
A lot of great things happened for me this year. It's been so fun watching my 2-year-old son grow and figure things out. In some ways, it's been one of the best years of my life. Also, I got a job and have met some wonderful people. I've learned a lot and witnessed amazing acts of kindness.

DAVIS: Apartments are the political third rail

January 7, 2013

By Brent Davis

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