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Updated May 26, 2016 at 1:39 PM

It’s my first night in Michigan and I am staying with my uncle John and his family. Owe yea, and Mr. Bites. I travelled from Florida to do a summer internship at the most bush-league paper I have ever worked for, called The Sun Times News. I arrived at my uncle’s home and he showed me the finished basement I would be staying in with an pried open cage saying “Mr. Bites” on it. My uncle told me their pet tarantula got out and might cuddle with me for...

Updated May 26, 2016 at 9:56 AM

Tsai Ing-wen has been formally inaugurated as the new President of Taiwan. She is the first woman to hold this top government position, a milestone of tremendous importance. This also brings political complications with mainland...

Updated May 25, 2016 at 1:10 PM

I wasn’t sure about coming home. I’d just spent four years in Des Moines, Iowa, at Drake University and figured I’d end up with some fact-checking job at a magazine in a place like Austin or...

Updated May 24, 2016 at 3:26 PM

Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize.” 1 Corinthians 9:24   I enjoyed the opportunity Saturday to run in the Joplin Memorial...

Updated May 24, 2016 at 1:25 PM

With Hillary Clinton heading into an almost certain general-election race against Donald Trump, Bill Clinton has begun to work out what type of role his wife would play in his third administration should she win the race. “She...

Updated May 24, 2016 at 1:18 PM

Graduations are going on all over the country. Most families will have someone graduating somewhere either from high school or college and this is the time when we all go to show our support for our young people. Having been a graduation speaker...

Updated May 24, 2016 at 12:58 PM

Poverty has haunted Appalachia for a century, and with the coal industry dying, the anger and hopelessness are rising. So, as the campaign trail wound through the down-and-out counties of West Virginia and Kentucky, Donald Trump and Bernie...

Updated May 23, 2016 at 11:42 AM

 Your biggest barriers are in your own mind. You may be poor; you may be in a group that is discriminated against. There are all sorts of problems that you might have, but, let me repeat, your biggest barriers are in your own mind. One...

Updated May 21, 2016 at 2:05 PM

Unusual weather we’re havin’, ain’t it? I’d been telling myself I should be putting my down vest away just a couple of days before I had to don it, a hooded sweatshirt, stocking cap and gloves to go to the...

Updated May 21, 2016 at 2:02 PM

Today it is five years since the Joplin Tornado ripped through the city. I remember it well. I was the editor of our sister paper, the Cherokee County News-Advocate and, like today, it was a Sunday. We'd had a tornado warning in...

Updated May 20, 2016 at 4:31 PM

My Hawaiian vacation is over, but a new adventure is just around the corner. Summer is on the horizon, sort of. The tropical vacation was in December, so, naturally, summer is the next thing to look forward too. It is summer before my...

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