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By Scott Sullivan Editor St. Nick ‘Tis the season. Which is why I was not surprised to hear from Mr. Ali Amed Bassel of Syria. How near is that to Bethlehem? Alas, Ali has a problem. “I was a businessman in Aleppo,” his fax to me, addressed “Sir,” reads, “before the civil war. My business […]

Life as performance art

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By Fr. G. Corwin Stoppel Someone asked if I ever suffer from writers’ block. Of course I do. I can’t imagine anyone who writes who never experiences it. Editor Scott Sullivan and I have talked about it a few times and it is part of life. Winston Churchill, who was such a prolific writer it […]

Weird headlines brighten week

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By Mike Wilcox Publisher It’s been a long week. My dog is sick, thus I’ve had very little sleep. My vehicle needs repairs thus I’ve had to set aside money I don’t have. And all my annual bills, including property tax, are due this week. That’s more money I have to pull from somewhere. So […]

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By Scott Sullivan Editor Four-Letter Words Now he’s done it. Heretofore I have given President Trump a pass because he does my work for me. Every day he lampoons himself. Some in my profession gripe about newsprint tariffs, but at worst they can cost us our livelihoods. That’s a pittance compared to Trump’s tariffs on […]

Life as performance art

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By Fr. G. Corwin Stoppel As much as I appreciate professional live theater — Mason Street Warehouse in particular — I like community theater also. My introduction to it came in elementary school re-enacting the first Thanksgiving in 1621. Of course, by today’s standards it was politically incorrect. Another dose came if we were conscripted to […]

I’m waiting….hurry up and get this read!

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By Mike Wilcox Publisher Patience isn’t a virtue I possess. Strangely, my father had the patience of Job. My mother, on the other hand, had very little. You can guess who I followed. I am trying to be more patient but I’ve compiled a list of situations that still tick me off. Here it is: […]

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By Scott Sullivan Editor That Was Then I’ve not read Marcel Proust’s classic “Remembrance of Things Past” for several reasons. First, it’s redundant. We remember what else? The future? Second, it’s seven volumes. What happened to KISS: Keep It Simple, Stupid? “I would have written shorter but I ran out of time,” is an axiom […]

Life as performance art

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By Fr. G. Corwin Stoppel For those of us 60 and older, think back to Thanksgiving Day 55 years ago. We remember exactly where we were and what we were doing when we heard that President Kennedy had been assassinated Nov. 22 in Dallas. Our world had been frightening enough before then. There had been […]

New Rep.’s take offers better way

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By Mike Wilcox Publisher Scott Sullivan, editor of the award-winning Commercial Record, wrote the following piece on soon-to-be U.S. Rep Dan Crenshaw’s appearance on Saturday Night Live. Navy SEAL Crenshaw was mocked by SNL comedian Pete Davidson for wearing an eye patch. Rather than demand an apology or boycott the popular show, Crenshaw accepted an […]

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By Scott Sullivan Editor Variations on Fear “We have nothing to fear but fear itself,” said Franklin D. Roosevelt. Which is why I was happy to read last week’s Washington Post story saying 70 percent of Americans are stressed out about current news and our nation’s prospects. So I’m not only stressed by those things, […]