“It’s the end of the world as we know it”

The world is coming to an end. Here’s how I know: --The NCAA played three Division 1-A football games last week and have four more scheduled for this Friday. Two of the games this week include Duke versus Virginia Tech and Penn State versus Maryland, okay games for sure. However, there has typically been some …

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The Good Samaritan: Help or look the other way?

As I pulled up to a traffic light this past Friday, I saw a woman off to the side of the road. She was standing outside in the spritzing rain and smoke spewed out of the hood of her car. She was dressed shabbily and the car looked like it had seen better days. She …

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When I’m king of the world – Part III

It’s been a while since I’ve written one of these columns. For those new to my blog, I’ve jotted down decrees off and on over the past several years that I will make law the instant I become King of the World. I have no plans for a Game of Thrones takeover anytime soon, so …

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Growth or not in my backyard?

I’ve been treated the past week to a show of sorts. Heavy construction equipment movers have been working on a large plot of land that sits on my way to work. Huge bulldozers have been pushing large mounds of dirt and sand, big excavators have been digging out holes for drainage pipes, and Earthmovers have …

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Go Speed Racer, Go!

I was traveling recently in South Carolina and I looked up into my rearview mirror and my heart sank. A police car with flashing red and blue lights stared back at me. I didn’t think I was going all that fast, but I also knew that my mind was racing in a million different directions …

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My refuge: The public library

When I ran into school troubles, when I felt like I didn’t fit-in with friends, when life seemed challenging, one place served as a refuge.  When I struggled as a kid, I had one place I could go to get away. I liked the baseball diamond, football field, and basketball court. They were first loves, …

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When simple name calling becomes assault and battery

You hear it all the time: “He’s an idiot!”  “No, she’s a moron!” Whether it’s on social media, television, driving, or even just in the local convenience store, I’m constantly amazed by the level of aggression people throw at each other. I used to blame the combative language and scheming in every day life on …

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Journalism 101: Just the facts

The guy looked like a used car salesman in his jacket and tie and large binder, but his bulky linebacker frame, the rapid movement of his eyes, his mess of fiery red hair, and waving arms gave the impression of a crazed lunatic. He stalked back and forth in front of the receptionist’s desk and …

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Torn over the thorny gun issue

Like many people, I watched a few of the news reports on the March for our Lives for school safety in cities across the U.S. over the weekend and I’m torn. Unlike many of the supposed experts on both sides of the gun issue, I don't have answers. I have more questions. On one hand, …

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Following Ben Franklin’s 13 virtues of a good life

Benjamin Franklin lived an astounding life. The founding father in his day was a leading author, printer, postmaster, scientist, inventor, civic activist, statesman and diplomat. His resume is so long that I could continue for days. Franklin’s probably best known today for drafting the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution, and for his experiments …

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