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THUMBS-UP: When it comes to children and social media, along with the good that comes from being connected, you also hear about the very disturbing bad. You hear about bullying, you hear about harassment and, sadly, you hear a lot about youth suicide. Read more

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While there is a lot on everyone’s minds right now, we can add one more to the list: a blood supply shortage. Read more

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Looking for yet another reason to get the COVID-19 vaccine? A Cleveland Clinic patient recently was told his life-saving kidney transplant would have to be delayed because the donor is unvaccinated. Read more

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People attending a school board or municipal government meeting often are puzzled when a member of one of those elected bodies chooses to abstain from voting on an issue. Read more


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President Joe Biden, in his Baltimore town hall meeting Thursday night on CNN, broke from his earlier recitation of a firm wish list for his Build Back Better economic agenda. Instead, he indicated new flexibility on what he would accept in the face of rigid opposition from two fellow Democr… Read more

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I’m on hold. My iPhone shows that I’ve been on hold with the U.S. Department of State for two hours and 48 minutes so far. I’m anxiously awaiting a passport so that my 11-year-old can travel with the rest of the family for vacation — which is coming up next week. Read more

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I discovered recently what I am . . . no, let’s not go there . . . actually, I’m a lexophile, one who loves word play, i.e., “You can tune a piano but you can’t tuna fish” or “writing with a broken pencil is pointless,” even to get the lead out. Here all along I thought someone accidentally … Read more

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There's so much negative news these days. I was glad to see that a new podcast, "American Optimist," features good things that are coming. Read more


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I read with keen interest your recent editorial regarding federal judges and their alleged ethical lapses in cases in which the judges reportedly had financial conflicts of interest. Your editorial highlighted the extensive Wall Street Journal article that found more than 130 federal judges … Read more

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I had gone out of town for a few days. When I returned, I saw the surprising Oct. 13 big front page headlines in the Daily News-Record that said: “Waving for Whitelow: Bridgewater Residents Pick Up Morning Mantle While Carlyle Whitelow Hospitalized.” My first thought was that there are so ma… Read more

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My wife and I recently canceled a “bucket list” trip that has been planned for several years due to the ongoing pandemic and heightened terrorism alert in France. Paris was the destination of choice for her, the beaches at Normandy for me. Read more

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