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Opinion: Let’s make it local every single day

In 2010, American Express founded Small Business Saturday. The company says it did so to help businesses with their most pressing need: getting more customers. The day happens every year on the Saturday after...

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Opinion: Rhymes with Aiden

The most popular baby names for 2014 have been tabulated, and I notice that Michael has fallen from favor. For years, I watched as Michael — which incidentally happens to be the name my...

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Opinion: Toast of the town

We needed a new toaster, but Mary Ellen was afraid I’d purchase one that looked like that Scion car. So we went shopping together and soon had a shiny new addition to our kitchen...

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Opinion: Cluttered chaos

Zebra-stripe curtains, canary-yellow walls and a purple shag rug? Sounds cool, but what else? How about an anole terrarium, an oak trophy case and a multi-colored hydra lamp? Okay, I’m listening. And for the...

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Opinion: A biased bias

We, each of us humans, look at the world through our own eyes. Naturally, how could we do it any other way? But as such, all stimuli is received and perceived from our own...

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Opinion: Sharpton tax bill only $4.5 million

America’s favorite race pimp, Al Sharpton, is at it again. After the sleazy reverend helped to incite unrest in Ferguson, Mo., in the wake of the grand-jury decision not to indict former Ferguson police...

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Opinion: Taking it personally

One strong indication of fluency in a language (or culture) is a robust command of the idiom and expressions that shortcut our daily communicative interactions. When we say, “Don’t cry over spilled milk,” we...

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Opinion: Don’t touch that dial

The radio in my car has been broken for quite a while. The tuner is busted and the tape in the cassette player is jammed with this one educational travel tape that I have...

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Opinion: Son is now job well done

For the past year, I’ve often wondered whether my first-born would lead a successful life or end up a terminal basement resident. These thoughts were based entirely on two things: his addiction to video/computer...