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Nothing says Happy Valentine’s Day like a …

I started rattling Better Half’s chain about Valentine’s Day around mid-January. Being ever considerate, I wanted to give him a good month to angst and agonize over what to get me for Feb. 14, today. This is the most wonderful time of the year, you know, unless I’m pressuring him ...

Some food for thought

Valentine’s Day falls this weekend, and that means we can expect there will be a lot of gifts given during the next few days. In fact, the National Retail Federation reports that 52 percent of adults in the United States plan to celebrate Valentine’s Day this year. Like everything else ...

Guest column/Blues music has a rich and powerful history

From the beginning of slavery in 1619 until 1865, when the 13th Amendment was passed abolishing slavery throughout the United States and its territories, African Americans sang their way through poverty, beatings and working in the plantation fields from sun up until sundown, and finally, ...

History in the Hills: Reaching Stanton is a mission

As a public historian my goal in a nutshell is connecting the present with the past. And one of the first steps in making that connection is to find common ground between the ages. For me personally, there is something compelling about walking the same streets, visiting the same places and ...

Anniversary prompts thoughts of Ruth Ann

Monday marks three years since my mother died. And such a date as that on the calendar physically and in my head and heart mentally and emotionally just naturally musters memories. Now that’s not to say I don’t think of her other times than on the anniversary of her death on Feb. 8, ...

We still love our football

There are few places in the country where the residents like their football any better than right here in the Tri-State Area. And with the final football game of the year scheduled to begin sometime around 6:30 p.m.. Sunday, it should come as no surprise that WalletHub has once again named ...

Guest column/Without the rock, we certainly will fail

Slavery began in 1619 when Africans were captured and sold as slaves and sent to the far corners of the earth. Within the last century — particularly since the decolonization of Africa — Africans, now known as African Americans, have been studying and living in many nations throughout the ...

Guest column/Copyright and trademark in dot.com era

Technological advancements make it more important than ever for people or businesses to protect their intellectual property. Whether you are an author, an artist or leadership at a business, understanding the ever evolving protection process of copyright or trademark is essential to protecting ...

Fitting campaign slogan for what’s missing

If my dad would have ever run for political office, his campaign slogan might have been something radically reasonable like “Put Things Back Where They Belong.” I think that’s kind of catchy, actually — appropriate and applicable. He was sort of a stickler for a practice such as ...

We’re making progress

Even though the opportunities to have conversations among us have been reduced during the past 10 months, it’s a safe bet that some of the talk will center on the problems our area has been suffering. Yes, it’s easy to point to our shortcomings, a topic that can take on a life of its own, ...