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The coffee and roses must be smelled

November 4, 2012

By Brent Davis

Recently, I took the opportunity to watch the sun rise. I sat in the gazebo on the Saline County Courthouse lawn. No traffic filled the streets. An occasional runner would pass by, headphones on and feet pounding the sidewalk. A slight glow began to appear on the horizon to the east. Light invaded the cracks and crevices of the morning and, to my surprise, I found I was not alone as previously I had thought.

Daylight Saving Time: Environmentally cool, but a hard adjustment

October 31, 2012

By Lynda Hollenbeck

I don't like Daylight Saving Time. I never have and I doubt if I ever will.
It's not that I have specific objections to that particular time process — or that I especially favor Central Standard Time, the time zone that we live in.
What I don't like is being forced to change times. To me, 4 o'clock is 4 o'clock even if the clock says it's 3 or 5; I still feel it as 4. My internal clock doesn't move in conjunction with the hands on a timepiece.

Concrete cross was a familiar sign of devotion

October 22, 2012

By Brent Davis

Deep in the tunnels of a dark Kentucky coal mine in 1917, a man of 19 years was pinned between a loaded coal car and the cold rock wall. Fearing death would take him, Henry Harrison Mayes prayed to God to save his life. In exchange, Mayes would commit the rest of his life to spreading the teachings of the Holy Scriptures. His life was spared. It was now time to keep the promise he had made.

Taking life with a grin or a grumble: It's the individual's choice

October 22, 2012

By Lynda Hollenbeck

The day didn't start out badly, but that state of affairs wasn't to last long.
Everyone has had experiences like those that befell me on a recent Friday. It wasn't a Friday the 13th, but it well might have been. No one I encountered was happy.
Let me back up. People who work here were not particularly unpleasant. It was the walk-ins and call-ins that set the tone for all-around bad karma.
We're used to dealing with complaints from disgruntled people. It's a situation that simply goes with the territory.

'Star-Spangled Banner': the anthem that challenges the meek and the mighty

October 22, 2012

By Lynda Hollenbeck

I was put on the spot a few days ago when I was asked to sing the national anthem for an event commemorating the end of the long career for a friend.
County Clerk Freddy Burton, whom I've known since 1970, is calling it quits. He's done a great job in that office and is probably one of the best-liked politicians around. He cares about people and has surrounded himself with staff people who have shared his philosophy, so he's had a truly successful run in office.

Data plan divvying up needs wisdom of Job (not Jobs)

October 9, 2012

Oct 3 column
By David Hughes

Have you seen the Sprint commercial where a “typical American family” is gathered around the table “discussing” how they are going to divvy up their cell phone provider’s “shared” data plan? It’s kind of like a mini United Nations where the smaller countries insist they have as much right to an area’s riches as the larger ones.

Humidity: It's a lethal weapon for this redhead's hairdo

October 9, 2012

Sense and Nonsense
By Lynda Hollenbeck

After enjoying several days of what I will go out on a limb and label "good hair days," I was hit with a bombshell.
The change came about because of a single factor: Humidity.
For me, humid weather is the kiss of death for my hairdo. It's disheartening. I can set my hair and, at the start of the day, the image in the mirror isn't bad as far as the hair goes.
Thirty minutes after I'm in the atmosphere, I undergo a 180-change. The higher the humidity, the more pronounced the change.

Popular singer left his mark on American musical scene

September 30, 2012

By Lynda Hollenbeck

If there's a more romantic song around than Andy Williams' "Hawaiian Wedding Song," I've yet to hear it.
Ironically, I've never heard it actually sung at a wedding, but I've always thought it would fit, particularly for some of the island ceremonies that have become popular in recent years.
Hearing it never fails to touch me and I'll always associate it with this wonderful singer, who's now gone.
It's sad to see the passing of another of the entertainment icons that made such an indelible mark on the popular music scene.

Extraordinary People are all around us in Saline County

September 28, 2012

By Brent Davis

The world around us is full of chaos, violence and destruction. The situation in the Middle East should have every American concerned about the clear and present danger that could ignite at any moment.
While it is a prudent measure to keep a watchful eye on that particular region, let us not forget to turn an appreciative gaze upon what often times is overlooked right here in our own backyard.

Enter the Net: Not so fast — Benton wins!

September 26, 2012

By David Hughes

One thing to which so-called “social media” excels is allowing the initial opinion of one person to take fire and influence hundreds or thousands of others in a relatively short period of time. It’s the rough equivalent of the personal newspaper column of just a few years ago.

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