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Many of our more seasoned subscribers will remember back in the day when soft drinks were sold mostly in glass bottles (or sometimes at drug store fountains) and buyers paid a small sum — a matter … more
Some time ago we were in line at a fast food drive-through window that was taking a little too long. It appeared the driver ahead was chatting with the cashier.When we drove up, the cashier said that … more
There’s a famous line in the animated classic “Aladdin,” where the star extends a hand to his true love and asks, “Do you trust me?”The American public can ask itself that question about … more
Dialogue between prosperous South Korea and the poor but heavily armed North Korea, prompted by a need for coordination on how to deal with the upcoming Winter Olympics, seems a useful step … more
Our hearts go out to victims of the Dec. 18’s horrifying Amtrak derailment in DuPont, Washington, and to their families. Perhaps one way to pay tribute to them is by promptly addressing the … more
If your home has a space heater or is equipped with a fireplace or wood-burning stove, you are among the nearly half of American families who use alternative heating sources in the winter. Although … more
Sometimes the American public will surprise you with its common sense. Consider the findings of a Pew Research Center poll published this month: More than half of Americans simply don’t care … more
There’s a goofy old joke that, beyond its silliness, may store a nugget of thought that just might make you healthier emotionally, and even physically.It goes like this:Patient: “Doctor! Doctor! … more
Most of us don’t think much about the system that regularly lands food on our plates.Sure, we may take note of the cost, if it’s something high end like filet mignon, or if a shortage drives up … more
It was 174 years ago that the Christmas celebration as we know it was more or less born.No, we are not speaking of the Christ child who is the reason for the season. We refer instead to the … more
(Editor’s note: In keeping with a holiday tradition, the Christmas column written by Fritz S. Updike, former Sentinel editor, appears today. Mr. Updike died Dec. 27, 1995.)If we could wave a magic … more
The holiday season is in full swing and that means many things: Shopping, decorating, and gatherings with family and friends among many other activities.Often these holiday gatherings might include … more
With all the renewed interest in the life and presidency of Ulysses S. Grant, particularly the recent best-selling biography by Ron Chernow, we noted this item from the Northeast Mississippi Daily … more
It’s the era of solar panels, wind turbines and light emitting diodes, or LEDs, that banish darkness for a fraction of the cost of old-fashioned light bulbs, but Americans still spend more than $3 … more
Big-time college football is down to its final four teams for its version of the national championship.Did the committee which determined the four “best” teams get it right? Probably, but that is … more
The State Assembly and Senate have overwhelmingly approved legislation to amend the Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) to encourage agencies to better comply with that statute. The bill, now on … more
Some politicians seek federal office in part so they can live an extravagant lifestyle paid for by American taxpayers. U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst is determined to curtail that type of self-serving … more
We were scanning some out-of-town editorials and came across one that seemed highly informative, not just for folks who were hit by the terrible hurricanes this past season in Texas, Louisiana and … more
You can mess with Big Tobacco, Big Pharma and Big Oil. But don’t dare mess with Big Sugar. Those guys play hardball.Around the globe, nothing sells like soft drinks, which are loaded with sugar and … more
For years now, the perils of texting while walking have been alarmingly clear. Just check out all the videos of people falling into fountains, bumping into walls or getting clipped by turning cars … more
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