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  By Scott Sullivan Editor Help I need help more than most. That’s why Blanche Dubois is my hero. Just as she always depended on strangers’ kindness, I seek important advice from people I’ve never met. After Ann Landers and Dear Abby died, I was advised that newspapers would go too. I resorted to Drs. […]

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  By Fr. G. Corwin Stoppel I have met three Presidents in my life. Mr. Truman kissed me on the forehead when I was a baby; I shook President Nixon’s hand when he made a campaign stop in my hometown; and I met G.W. Bush just after he won the Iowa caucus. I met Hubert Humphrey […]

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By Scott Sullivan Editor Fatal Attraction Why are kids attracted to eating magnets? Sure they’re there, often now as desk toys. But so are lots of things children don’t eat, like fruits and vegetables. The problem is rare-earth magnets, not your garden variety kind. These puppies, made of neodymium and samarium-cobalt, are so strong that […]

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By Fr. G. Corwin Stoppel During World War II my father was assigned by the Army Air Corps to give new recruits vision screenings. You know the eye charts: big letter on top, smaller letters on each line down, with the printer’s trademark in fine print on the bottom. One future sharpshooter got to the bottom […]

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  By Scott Sullivan Editor Blow-Up Betelgeuse may be blowing up as you read this. Or have already gone kablooie. Astronomers fret eagerly that the giant red star is the dimmest it’s been in a century, based on 600-year-old light they are just now seeing. Look at the constellation Orion, whose right shoulder has faded […]

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  By Fr. G. Corwin Stoppel I’ve been known for a few culinary disasters, starting with my sardine, onion, garlic and limburger cheese paté. Or my crumbled Spam, pinto bean, crème of mushroom soup, and noodle hot dish. Then there were pumpkin-flavored cupcakes with dill pickle icing. I like them, but not everyone has acquired that […]

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Holy Days   There is no other time than now. All you remember was now then, and everything you’ll experience is incipient. “I’ll do it later” means you’re not doing it now. Why wait? Take writing final pre-Christmas columns. They are often reruns. You wish readers “peace on earth, goodwill to men,” add “Happy New […]

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By Fr. G. Corwin Stoppel One of those life-lesson moments came when a fellow entered my father’s store and, out of the blue, launched into a Sherwin-Williams “We-Cover-the-World” attack on everyone and everything he disliked in the city, county, state and nation.  He was specific and named names. I was amazed that one man could […]

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By Scott Sullivan Editor Flee to Fla. ‘Tis the season snowbirds fly to Florida, President Trump’s new home after claiming leaders in his native New York had treated him “very badly.” Take Gov. Andrew Cuomo. “Good riddance,” he said. “It’s not like @realDonaldTrump paid taxes here anyway.” The Orange Man is a perfect fit for […]

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By Fr. G. Corwin Stoppel Most of us have foods we appreciate and others we do not. I grew up in southwest Minnesota on the frontier of the Lutefisk Ghetto. It’s an acquired taste: fillet of Norwegian cod, soaked in lye, dried in the open air until the consistency of shoe leather, packed and shipped […]