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Isn’t it ironic?

The Way I See It by DON WEST Isn’t it ironic that we are told to not judge all Islamic people by a few lunatics, but we are encouraged to judge all gun owners by a few lunatics? Recently in an interview, President Obama raved about the fact that 8 million young people have been […]

How do you say “Coke” in Mandarin?

I’m Just Sayin’ by SHEILA SMITH By now I am sure most of you have seen Coca-Cola’s Super Bowl commercial, which featured a number of Americans singing “America the Beautiful” in English and other languages. I personally found the ad beautiful but many did not. In fact, the ad sparked the usual “When you come […]

We have been warned

The Way I See It by DON WEST I listened to the rhetoric in the President’s State of the Union message this week, but I am still looking for the “silver lining”, the improvement in my status from when he promised “hope and change” during his campaigning promises before being elected. Fact is, though he […]

Stop whining and obey the law

The Way I See It by DON WEST Ok, I have heard enough of the whining from readers and columnists from one of our area newspapers about the Traffic Enforcement Detail (TED) in nearby Welsh. It seems that there is concern that drivers on I-10 will have their feelings hurt because there is a possibility […]

I would rather be vaccinated

I’m Just Sayin’ by SHEILA SMITH If you follow history, you will know that every time Europeans left their native land to discover new frontiers, the majority of the people they met dropped like flies. Early Europeans spread smallpox and influenza to new people like it was going out of style. Those European illnesses wiped […]

Wake up and smell the coffee, America

The Way I See It by DON WEST I don’t want an explanation. I don’t need any clarification and I certainly don’t need any more lies. What I do need to see is heads rolling in Washington. I need to see not one, but many, heads rolling at the IRS regarding the denial of tax […]

Happy New Year!

The Way I See It by DON WEST Happy New Year! The old is gone – the new is here, but will there be a change? Will we be a different nation this year or we will still be indifferent? Will we be nicer to one another or will jealousy, greed, hatred and self-gratification continue […]

I am thankful for my many blessings

The Way I See It by DON WEST Words from a Gaither song say “mighty God and fragile baby, a lowly manger holds, it’s still the Greatest Story ever told”. Powerful words and so appropriate for this time of the year, though we should be more aware of the impact of these words all during […]

Life is a gift, make wise choices

The Way I See It by DON WEST Maybe it is the time of year or maybe I have just taken notice, but regardless, it seems recently that many of my friends and acquaintances are dealing with the death of a loved one. Of course, the fact of life is that death is a part […]

Is the Elf on the Shelf really your friend?

I’m Just Sayin’ by SHEILA SMITH A few years ago, I wrote an open letter to Santa in this newspaper that listed my many grievances against him. Most people enjoyed it. There was, however, one unhappy person who informed me I was trying to destroy the imagination and innocence of any child who happened to […]

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