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Enter the Net: Memory a key to efficient computer operation

January 7, 2013

By Dave Hughes

First, I want to wish everyone a happy and healthy New Year. Most folks wish prosperity for others and I follow that tradition, but the last few years have taught me that without health, prosperity and other goodies are hollow.
Also a shout-out to Mrs. Hahn (although I am almost 65, she will always be “Mrs. Hahn” because calling a former teacher by their first name seems disrespectful (grin). I saw in the paper she has hung up her weekly column – citing age and the need to spend more time with Mr. Hahn, also a retired teacher.

Miner Memories: Reflections on starting another year

January 7, 2013

By Ginger English

This year will start my 73rd year of life. At this time of year, however, I was still a tiny surprise waiting to be discovered by my mother. It would not be until July 1940 that I actually showed up on the 27th day as a healthy 12 pounder, ready to hit the ground running. It seems as if I haven’t stopped since.

SENSE AND NONSENSE: There's nothing more wonderful than electrical power, especially there's none

January 7, 2013

By Lynda Hollenbeck

It's probably too soon to write about Christmas 2012, which, in large part, for our family hasn't happened yet.
This, in short, is due to what I'm referring to as The Winter of Our Discontent.
It seems an appropriate choice since discontented is a mild adjective for the mood of just about everyone I know.
Because of the ice age we've been living in for the past few days, my bunch canceled the Christmas Day gathering and rescheduled it for later. Whether it happens on that day remains to be seen.

THE DEM PARTY LINE: Why are Congressman Diverting Our Attention?

January 7, 2013

By Clark Hopper

DAVIS: Power outage reminds me of time a decade ago

January 7, 2013

By Brent Davis

A house filled with children is a house filled with noises, commotions and smells not found in other places. If at least two of the siblings are in the adolescent stage of development and within one year of age of each other, the clatter and constant drone created simply by their presence is at levels that make the decibel scale insufficient for measurement. Adolescents create noise simply by “being,” much similar to the way Pigpen creates dust just by standing still. It’s a law of nature. It can’t be stopped. You can only hope to contain it.

OUT OF THE BOX: Let it snow? I don’t think so

January 7, 2013

By Camille Nesler

Let me be the first to say that I WAS not one of those people who were running around hoping for a “White Christmas.” Honestly? If I had my way, I’d live on an island in the middle of nowhere, surrounded only by blue ocean waters and the ONLY time I’d leave is when there were threats of a hurricane. Or a tsunami. And maybe a volcano eruption? Ok, ok, I get it. No place is perfect no matter where you live, but I have to say, if I wanted to shovel snow and drive on icy roads, I’d have stayed in Chicago.

Enter the Net: CES 2013 promises new dreams for us geeks

January 7, 2013

By David Hughes

Ahhh … ain’t it wonderful? It’s the day after Santey came bringing you and your household a Chevy Suburban chock-full of new – what you think are – state of the art electronic gizmos and gadgets which should make you happy for years on end. And, you have the credit card debt to prove it.

DAVIS: Spending Christmas in Heaven

January 7, 2013

By Brent Davis

I see the countless Christmas trees
Around the world below,
With tiny lights like Heavens stars
Reflecting in the snow.

The sight is so spectacular
Please wipe away the tears
For I’m spending Christmas
With Jesus Christ this year

I hear the many Christmas songs
That people hold so dear
But earthly music cant compare
With the Christmas choir up here

I have no words to tell you
The joy their voices bring
For its beyond description
To hear the angels sing

I know how much you miss me,
Trust God and have no fear
For I’m spending Christmas

HOLLENBECK: Trying to think positive while remembering Christmases Past

December 24, 2012

As I get ready to mark the first Christmas without my husband — which as anyone who has walked this path will tell you is no easy undertaking — I'm borrowing on the Norman Vincent Peale premise of "The Power of Positive Thinking."
In that vein, I'm turning my focus toward special memories of the 37 wonderful Christmases we had together.
There are some funny times, some hectic times, some frantic times, some times overshadowed with illness and loss. But through them all was the deep, abiding love we were blessed to share.

GUEST EDITORIAL: God was there at Sandy Hook

December 18, 2012

I have heard the statement that we have taken God out of schools, so why should we be surprised when Evil knocks down the door to our schools.

God is in our schools, he just isn’t “hanging on our walls”. Laws may have taken prayers out of the morning announcements, but no one has taken prayer out of the school.

A church isn’t a church because it has a cross hanging on the walls. It takes people to make a church.

The school in Connecticut had God inside those bullet-ridden walls; those blood stains on the floors were from people that proved that God was there.

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