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Columns

  • Still printing

    Despite all the doomsayers out there writing obituaries for the nation’s newspaper industry, 150 million Americans - two out of three adults - read a local newspaper last week.

    Newspaper Association of America research from 2011 by Scarborough USA indicates almost 70 percent of your neighbors read either a printed newspaper or its online counterpart within the past seven days.

    How could that be?

  • Marion County Public Library begins ‘geeking’ out

    “GEEEEEEEK!”

    At my high school alma mater, if you did something like dropped your tray in the cafeteria or tripped and fell, you could expect to hear the student chorus chime in. I have a vague memory of getting “geeked” one time. I was embarrassed at first, then put it behind me.

  • Chesser is alive and, I hope, well

    I hope that Randall Chesser is in a comfy bed, feet propped up, with a warm, fluffy comforter tucked over his slight body.

    I hope that his favorite television show is on in front of him, or his favorite game, or that someone is reading his favorite book to him.

    I hope that he is surrounded by his favorite aunts, uncles, cousins, and relatives.

    I hope that he’s wearing a big grin, one like I’ve seen in the school photos of him.

  • Chesser is alive and hopefully well, thankfully

    I hope that Randall Chesser is in a comfy bed, feet propped up, with a warm, fluffy comforter tucked over his slight body.

    I hope that his favorite television show is on in front of him, or his favorite game, or that someone is reading his favorite book to him.

    I hope that he is surrounded by his favorite aunts, uncles, cousins, and relatives.

    I hope that he's wearing a big grin, one like I've seen in the school photos of him.

  • Goodbye, Mickey

    Someone once said, “My goal in life is to be as good of a person as my dog already thinks I am.”

    In my case, that is so very true.

    I have always been and probably will always be my worst critic. But, in my dog Mickey’s eyes, I could do no wrong. No matter how much I complained about his “accidents” on my basement floor or his constant scratching, Mickey loved me unconditionally.

  • Can’t we find a way to get along?

    To put it mildly, Lebanon tourist commissioners Dennis George and Dan Lawson have been having some issues. 

    No one is saying that people have to be golfing buddies just because they serve on the same commission, but the problem bubbled over into last week’s meeting of the Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission. 

  • Know your builder before buying a home

    By Delena Trent

    Guest Column

     

    Two years ago in July, my husband and I purchased a new home. We moved to Lebanon in 2003, and rented from two different wonderful landlords. But, in 2008, we decided it was time to own our own home. 

  • A vacation adventure in The Gorge

    “Celebrate we will, cause life is short but sweet for certain.”

    - Dave Matthews Band

     

    Life is short, but it can be very sweet.

  • Prayer for Josh

    By Ken Begley

    Guest columnist

     

    Writer Garrison Keillor once said that "All wars in the U.S. have been controversial from the very beginning."  

    So true.

  • 9-11 still lingers in our memories

    Certain events burn themselves into our memories.

    Depending on your age, you may remember vividly where you were when you learned about the attack on Pearl Harbor, the assassinations of John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr., and the space shuttle Challenger explosion.

    I suspect for most people old enough to remember, Sept. 11, 2001, has become one of those enduring memories as well.