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  • Eric Olson: Holiday tunes we hate to hear

    There are Christmas songs that have wormed their way into the holiday playlist and stuck there like barnacles on the S.S. Yuletide.
    Dec. 19, 2014 - 10:44 pm
  • State Rep. Bob Pritchard: Special session is both unconstitutional and expensive

    With the holiday season upon us, you may not be following the news about filling the vacancy in the office of state comptroller created by the death o ...
    Dec. 19, 2014 - 11:57 pm
  • Jason Akst: Does life reflect art, or vice versa?

    I read somewhere that a columnist’s job is to lend context and perspective to complex situations. So, we are supposed to blather on, but said blatheri ...
    Dec. 19, 2014 - 12:28 am
  • Fossil fuels do more good than harm

    People argue about whether the “consensus” of scientists is that we face disaster because of global warming. Instead of debating whether man’s greenho ...
    Dec. 12, 2014 - 11:01 pm
  • Olson: Maybe you should run for office

    Beginning Monday and continuing through Dec. 22, people interested in running for local office will be able to submit nominating petitions to appear o ...
    Dec. 12, 2014 - 10:56 pm
  • Barry Schrader: Samuel Churchill’s heroics

    A young man named Samuel Churchill left his native Vermont to travel to DeKalb County in the spring of 1861, first to work for C. W. Broughton and eve ...
    Dec. 9, 2014 - 12:00 am
  • Eric Olson: Caboose baby derails plans

    Only 17 years to go.That was my thought this week, when Avery the caboose baby turned 1.That and, of ...
    Dec. 6, 2014 - 12:44 pm
  • Jason Akst: Honoring the lowly ellipsis

    Visualize Amarillo, Texas, in the center of a 300-mile circle. Beginning in 1930 and lasting until a week before his death in 1992, the Amarillo Globe ...
    Dec. 5, 2014 - 12:35 am
  • Does ‘Star Wars’ really need more politics?

    The approach of the new “Star Wars” movie means new opportunities to write about politics in that far, far, far away galaxy. As much as I’d like to re ...
    Dec. 3, 2014 - 11:29 pm
  • Don’t worry about ‘currency wars’

    John Maynard Keynes memorably noted how often people who consider themselves practical are really “the slaves of some defunct economist.” Outdated or ...
    Dec. 3, 2014 - 11:28 pm
  • The problem with telling kids they’re ‘special’

    It is natural for parents to value their child – and feeling valued is key to children’s well-being; but some parents “overvalue” their child, believi ...
    Dec. 2, 2014 - 10:11 pm
  • Understanding white privilege

    What follows is for the benefit of one William James O’Reilly Jr. – “Bill” to his fans.Last summer, ...
    Dec. 2, 2014 - 10:11 pm
  • Eric Olson: Listen to protesters, not looters

    In the news business, you learn quickly that sometimes those who claim to be oppressed are really the victims of their own bad choices.
    Nov. 28, 2014 - 11:22 pm
  • Jason Akst: The Black Friday redemption

    Note to readers: This column has been changed to include the correctly identify the company that owns the building where Barnes and Noble is located, ...
    Dec. 1, 2014 - 5:10 pm
  • Barry Schrader: This Thanksgiving, thank a soldier or a veteran

    It was the day before Veterans’ Day this month when Phyllis Cunningham told me the story of a long-forgotten World War II hero named Esket Baxter who ...
    Nov. 25, 2014 - 9:45 am
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