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Why work when you don’t have to?

The Way I See It by DON WEST Recently, a lady listener to a radio show in Austin, Texas, called in to express her opinion to the talk show host regarding his comments about people on welfare. Immediately I discerned a difference between “Lucy” and me. I was impressed by Lucy’s apparent honesty, though taken […]

Pay it forward

I’m Just Sayin’ by SHEILA SMITH “When life held troubled times, and had me down on my knees There’s always been someone there to come along and comfort me A kind word from a stranger, to lend a helping hand A phone call from a friend, just to say I understand And ain’t it kind […]

Let us all be thankful

The Way I See It by DON WEST Most of us are gathering today with family and friends to give thanks for our abundance. Someone, in a conversation we had earlier in the week, said they really liked Thanksgiving, because it was what holidays are all about. There are no gifts to be concerned with, […]

Why bully pit bulls?

I’m Just Sayin’ by SHEILA SMITH Bobby McGee, my beloved dog, was born with his three siblings under a house in my neighborhood. His pregnant mom had been dumped and took residence under my cousin’s house. Mama Dog did not like people. She only crept from the damp, dark area to eat the food my […]

Government hypocrisy is running rampant

The Way I See It by DON WEST Ben Stein said, “Fathom the hypocrisy of a government that forces its citizens to provide proof of insurance but the same government does not require proof of citizenship.” He also said, “and now any of those who are unable or refuse to provide proof of citizenship will […]

Add these tips to your holiday lists

I’m Just Sayin’ by SHEILA SMITH I realize I am a week early in writing this advice column. However, I also realize most of you will not be reading my column next week. Now, some of you might be thinking, “I never read your column unless I’m spending time in the bathroom.” For the rest […]

In memory of Eleanor Beal

by SARAH MORRISON STEPHENS The name Eleanor is of French and English origin. The meaning of Eleanor is “light.” I could almost end this right here and now, because for those who knew Eleanor Beal, the above says it all. Eleanor was a bright, beaming light in my life in a time when I needed […]

Things are pretty scary this Halloween

The Way I See It by DON WEST BOO!!! I am the government and I am here to help. That is just about the scariest greeting anyone could have on this Halloween. Forget the treats – there are only tricks in the bag that Uncle Sam bears. He comes bearing new health care but signing […]

Desperately chasing the sugar high

I’m Just Sayin’ by SHEILA SMITH In my life, I have never seen so many adults become downright angry over Halloween activities being rescheduled. There is something about the prospect of getting free candy for their kids that makes adults lose their minds. You would think the government powers came together and cancelled Christmas. Tuesday, […]

Our words sometimes come back to haunt us

The Way I See It by DON WEST “The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the U.S. Government cannot pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries […]

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