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Life as performance art

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By Fr. G. Corwin Stoppel Perhaps you’re familiar with the late Sam Campbell’s book “Nature’s Messages: A Book of Wilderness Wisdom” written 66 years ago. One chapter, “Moon of the Barren Boughs,” begins, “The carnival of autumn is over … The red imps have had their day,” reminding us that the brilliant color of the […]

Why aren’t you buying locally?

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By Mike Wilcox Publisher I don’t care what they might trumpet in Washington, D.C., or California; our economy here hasn’t gotten much better in the last few years. Here we work hard every day just to keep food on the table. It isn’t much different if you own your own business. As a newspaper we […]

Meanderings

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By Kirke White B.Z.’s Drug Store When I was growing up in Chicago I lived at 80th Street and Crandon Avenue, one block south of the 79th Street trolley line. A block west at the southeast corner of 79th and Luella Avenue was Harrison’s drug store, a good location for such a business as South […]

Blue Star

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By Scott Sullivan Editor Pawternity Leave The silly season — Halloween, followed by elections — is over. Time for another. Fall fruits ferment as brains revel in late colors before the freeze. “I need a pawternity leave,” I told The Boss. “What?” “Enlightened workplaces now offer paid leaves to employees who adopt new pets.” “What […]

Life as performance art

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By Fr. G. Corwin Stoppel Now this year’s voting is over, some lawn accessories will have been taken down and others soon will follow suit. We will get a break for a few weeks before campaigning starts for the next election. U.S. elections have been contentious since John Adams and Thomas Jefferson wanted the same […]

How about voting for, not against?

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By Mike Wilcox Publisher As an avid observer of political campaigns I am appalled at the emphasis placed on fear-mongering this election. Instead of electing the best candidate we are told on television and in print literature to not vote for a specific candidate because he or she might be a socialist or a racist. […]

Blue Star

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By Scott Sullivan Editor A Better Way It was an easy call to end printing the endless unpaid endorsement letters we were getting. It is also easy for me not to take partisan sides on issues. Small newspaper editors are often their main reporters, photographers, layout artists and so on. When I report I must […]

Life as performance art

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By Fr. G. Corwin Stoppel This Veterans Day Sunday, Nov. 11, marks the 100th anniversary of the Great War from 1914 to 1918 ending. On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month the guns were finally silent. Men who only minutes earlier had been doing their best to kill their enemies […]

Didn’t vote? Don’t talk trash

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By Mike Wilcox Publisher Some people say they don’t vote because government is corrupt and casting a ballot doesn’t matter, because the system is rigged. Others tell me they only vote at presidential elections because those are the ones that count. I argue voting this Tuesday counts more than any other election. It is true […]

Blue Star

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By Scott Sullivan Editor Goodbye, Columbus The latest sign we are racing backwards into the future came when Columbus, Ohio, scratched its Columbus Day observance. Ohio’s capital city Oct. 8 did the unspeakable: did not give its workers a 3-day weekend. Imagine the family traditions ruined, and Italian-Americans insulted, by having just two days for […]