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We take our masks on vacation

We take our masks on vacation

Just Bill Friends invited us to visit them in the south of France, along the coast of the Mediterranean Sea. As far as Covid goes, this is an area like the UP: not many locals had it. It is also full of second homes and vacation hotels that are now attracting people...
Why I play Taps: A bugler’s honor

Why I play Taps: A bugler’s honor

By Sterling McGinn The 24 perfect notes played on a trumpet or bugle must have drawn my attention to learning to play the somber piece called Taps. I started playing the trumpet when I was in 6th grade at Newberry Middle School. After trying out three other...
Don’t Ask for Money: You Sound Like Them

Don’t Ask for Money: You Sound Like Them

By Bill Diem Who is in charge of the grassroots fundraising computers at ActBlue? Whoever it is, they are not helping the Democrats. It’s no surprise to regular readers that I am a left-leaning American. Living in Europe for many years has demonstrated the clear...
Don’t break the meat supply chain

Don’t break the meat supply chain

By Carol Stiffler A local farmer told me last week that people are getting alarmed about meat. Their farm raises cattle, sheep, and chickens, and their meat is already sold out in advance. “People would buy every animal on my property if I let them,” she said....
Is Zoom our new superhero?

Is Zoom our new superhero?

By Carol Stiffler At 2:30 p.m. on Friday, April 10, my kindergarten daughter, Natalie, had a Zoom meeting with her teacher and classmates. Using the video calling platform, which allows everyone to see each other on the same computer screen, classmates showed off what...
What is it about hockey

What is it about hockey

By Carol Stiffler What is it about hockey that makes a 13-year-old kid skate so hard you’d think his or her heart could burst? What is it about hockey that would cause a player to fearlessly hurtle himself into a place where he could definitely get hurt? Blades...