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“An Internet pal just sent me an article on a politician from a western state who apparently holds that government in all its forms, in all its dictates and through all its assorted tentacles are a perversion and an assault on all our freedoms. So, I’m trying to figure if that means we could…

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“Said the Associated Press story out of France: More than 100,000 people recently protested across France against the government’s latest measures to push people to get vaccinated and curb rising infections by the delta variant of the coronavirus. In Paris (the world’s biggest, on the other …

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To the editor:This is in response to state Rep. Bruce Griffey’s letter Wednesday about the immigrants being settled in Tennessee.Bruce, you blame the people giv- ing testimony at the Committee on Refugee Issues for not telling the legislature earlier about things on your mind, but you say th…

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What, exactly, makes fireflies so appealing?A guy once said he figured fireflies and mosquitoes work in tandem. While folks are chasing elusive fireflies, skeeters take ad- vantage of this to suck their blood.They may cooperate. I don’t know what the firefly gets, but the mosquito wins a mea…

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We have Communion every Sunday, and before the bread is broken and the cup blessed, the elder who is doing the ceremony gives a meditation. Some of these meditations are or could easily be made into a sermon within themselves. The past two Sundays have been such days, I would like to share t…

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“‘Covid still killing Americans faster than guns, cars and flu combined,’ says Bloomberg News, the virus apparently not being dissuaded at all about its door-to-door efforts.” — Clyde Peterson, Houston.

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“When billionaire-owned rocket companies got official government approval to launch people into space (themselves included), this explained why the little green people on all these recent UFO sightings have yet to land on Earth: Their landing paperwork is tied up somewhere in Washington’s bu…

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“It can be some sticky stuff, throwing around words and grammar, like the piece in a national publication the other day haughtily informing many of us, ‘You’re using the term “Orwellian” wrong.’ Surely those whiz kids meant that the term is being used ‘incorrectly.’” — Clyde Peterson, Houston.

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With time on my hands and no summer trips planned, I’ve been reading a book of fairy tales. I’ve found many versions of the “Three Pigs” classic. Here’s a condensed story:

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“In recognition of National Ice Cream Month, the Blue Bell ice cream folk are launching their new ice cream flavor, “Coconut Cream Pie.” So much for any talk about critical declines in American enterprise and innovation.” — Clyde Peterson, Houston. “If space rides are the new frontier for th…

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W hen I was young, we spent a lot of time on the road, and one of my favorite things to do was look out the window and let my imagination fly free. I would dream I was riding a horse alongside the car, leaping over fences and flying wild and free. I’d make up stories to match the houses we p…

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Our nation was founded upon the protection of the certain unalienable rights of individuals as endowed by our Creator. The Founders recognized that the greatest threat to individual liberty was government itself, hence they ordained and established a governing document that specifically deli…

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There is a class in this country that I call the Carnivorous Sheep. By his nature as a Sheep, his power does not reside within himself, but rather rests in the hands that can both feed and protect him, a class that we can call the Wolves. What makes him carnivorous is that through no power o…

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It seems like we have had a very busy week in the news with a building collapse in Florida, Fourth of July celebrations, the border crisis, athletes turning their back to the national anthem, China’s thinly veiled threats and Critical Race Theory being pushed by the teachers union and the go…

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I ’d fall asleep at inopportune times and in the oddest of places. Care to stand for a mid-step snooze while going down the hallway? A stumble here and a tumble out of a chair there. I feel as though I’m falling and jerk awake, but it was no dream. The collision with my cheek and the side of…

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Whether you’re talking about living or loving, 75 years is a long time by any measure. July marks the longest marriage in U.S. presidential history — our 39th president and his wife, our beloved Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter, have reached that amazing milestone. No matter what kind of president …

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“So, about this stuff of Gov. Bill Lee offering to pay the airfare of tourists who want to come to Tennessee, do you think that includes room and board at the governor’s mansion and all the catfish and barbecue a visiting body can eat?” — Clyde Peterson, Houston. “The most the U.S. governmen…

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Y ou may create instability and insecurity for your personal life if you put others in charge of your decisions. The idea of a child or acquaintance “shouldering” your life’s concerns and finances might feel comforting. Having someone else pay your bills and oversee your welfare might feel l…

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M rs. Doc brought them some ice cream, but Doc and Charles weren’t that interested. Charles is Doc’s 6-yearold grandson. And both Doc and Mrs. Doc have found it fascinating to view the world, after having been around so many years, through the fresh eyes and wonderment of a youngster. But tu…

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“An Associated Press story says many of the corporate political donors who indignantly denounced the 147 Congress folk who voted against certifying President Joe Biden’s election on Jan. 6, saying their donations to those 147 were done, are apparently back to passing their cash to many of th…

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“So, it’s a Tennessee fellow who resides (among other places) over in Franklin who’s putting up about a million bucks or so to send 50 South Dakota National Guardsmen down to help see to the Texas Border. Bold stuff, but I’m thinkin’ when those Dakota boys get a dose of Texas’ border heat, t…

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“Stuart Vigneux from out in Buchanan shared some ideas in a letter to the editor for any new restaurants in Paris, and made reference to those buffets of the past at the Paris Landing State Park Inn. Ahhh, those catfish and hush puppy spreads out at the park. Enough to get you all misty eyed…

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