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By Scott Sullivan Editor Mr. Sunshine “In the depth of winter, I finally learned there was in me an invincible summer.” – Albert Camus   Good ol’ Al, Mr. Sunshine. Camus’ opening for “The Stranger”: “Mother died yesterday. Or perhaps today. I’m not sure,” better describes my disaffection this time of season. Day after day […]

Life as performance art

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By Fr. G. Corwin Stoppel Perhaps the best news from the first days of February came when Elon Musk launched the Falcon Heavy reusable rocket. Rocket launches, or “space shots” as they are sometimes called, are nothing new and don’t generate the publicity and interest they did 50 years ago. If you were in school […]

Citizen space missions coming soon

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By Mike Wilcox Publisher When I lived on the Space Coast, we used to jump in our pontoon, cruise to near the launch point and get a bird’s eye view of the latest and greatest rocket that left Cape Canaveral. Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral and the various industries that served NASA were the focal […]

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By Scott Sullivan Editor God’s Hammer I repent many things: getting married, tearing labels off pillows, writing this column … And I’m better for it. Doesn’t mean I stop doing those things. But the guilt I harbor allays my fear I’ve become another mild-mannered no one. I remain a rebel. “Think I’m a nerd?” I […]

Life as performance art

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By Fr. G. Corwin Stoppel I’m no more paranoid than the next person — the fellow who’s certain his third-grade teacher was really a witch with an eye in the back of her head. But you-know-where will freeze over before I let pricey little electronic assistants in my house. For one thing, why do they […]

Super Bowl MVP: Chris Long

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By Mike Wilcox Publisher While all eyes were on Justin Timberlake, a slew of new and clever commercials, Tom Brady and the Philadelphia Eagles’ punishing running game, one Eagle defensive player was risking life and limb for no pay. That’s right, 10-year defensive lineman Chris Long had decided back in October when National Anthem protests […]

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By Scott Sullivan Editor Words, Birds, Absurds What do you tell your 18-year-old daughter in a world where: Larry Nassar preys on girls for years? Why were Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics institutions more important than individuals? Debates are framed so it’s Saugatuck vs. Douglas vs. Saugatuck Township vs. the Saugatuck Township Fire District […]

Life as performance art

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By Fr. G. Corwin Stoppel Early in their career writers learn that readers expect answers to five questions: who, what, where, when and why. The first four are easy. Who did it? What happened? When and where did it take place? How and why did it happen? Remember Detective Sgt. Joe Friday, of the TV […]

Obscure artists, politics take over Grammys

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By Mike Wilcox Publisher I thought I was a trendy sort of guy, on top of the latest music — until I started watching the Grammys Sunday. If Kendrick Lamar’s unintelligible hip-hop and Jay Z’s latest album are the best we heard in 2017, I’m pathetically out of touch with modern day music. While violence-ridden […]

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BY SCOTT SULLIVAN EDITOR En Garde What’s with sword attacks? Anthony Whitlock, arrested in Battle Creek last week for attacking the mother of his three children with a 3-foot blade, is the latest. The woman, who had filed seven complaints against Whitlock in the last two years, was in critical condition after their 13-year-old son […]