Columns

Letter to the Editor
Dear Editor: Now that ‘values voters’ seem to be on the verge of getting everything they think they want (with the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh...


FROM THE EDITOR
The past is murky, swirling with facts, undocumented documents, historical papers, and tons of personal memoirs. What is the truth? Who do you...


Real friends loan money (and other myths)
You may have heard some horror stories about college roommates. Most of them are true. One way to reduce the trauma from this stage in your life is...


HAWK TALK
Recently, lawyer for the administration Rudy Giuliani, puzzled many and sent many in the news media into a “snicker frenzy.” His statement, “The...


From the Editor
I had a conversation with a young mother recently. Music from the speakers spilled over the bleachers and she winced as she reined her wandering...


Hawk Talk
Aretha had a voice and a message. She dressed and behaved like a lady. John McCain spoke with authority and he lived his message. While some 3D...


FROM THE EDITOR
Summer is fading – the garden, the trees, even the petunias and geraniums on the porch. It reminds me of one the summer songs popular in the 60’s...


HAWK TALK
As we approach another long weekend of incredible discount sales, it would appear that the Justice Department is running a special on immunity. “To...


At Your Leisure – Watership Down
Bunny rabbits. Cute and fuzzy little bunnies. Who would have thought you could have a harrowing, thrilling adventure story where the main...


Jason Sommerfeldt works on one of the pieces for his alter ego, Edgar VanAle, a travelling storyteller who will be making an appearance at the Big River Steampunk Festival, along with his family. Full Steam Ahead! – Edgar VanAle and Family
The Big River Steampunk Festival is a time of gathering, anyone can come, enjoy the sound and spectacle, and revel in the joy that so many people...


From the Editor
On my way to Center last Saturday I stopped at Casey’s for a slice of breakfast pizza and a glass of tea. Juggling my purchases and my wallet, I...


Letter to Editor
Dear Editor: In recent letters, I have asked my ‘values voting’ neighbors, ‘What are you voting for?’ but lately I have come to feel the need...


Hawk Talk
Now is the time of year when many families try to squeeze a vacation into the tiny window between the end of school, summer school, summer...


Hawk Talk
It would be interesting to imagine either Andrew Jackson (the first president from the Democratic party) or Abraham Lincoln (the first president...


From the Editor
My sister and I took off for a few days and headed to Springfield to see the new aquarium built at Bass Pro. Simple plan, mapped out route, plenty...