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Post office visit in Cuba was special delivery

Editor’s note: This is the fourth of four parts on being stationed in Cuba in the late 1950s. “But the sign says this is a post office.” The man’s black moustache crinkled in a wider smile, a kindly look in his eyes. “Yes, it is a post office. I’m the postmaster, and my wife and ...

Newsletter sparks memories of Christmas

A recent newsletter from the Fenton History Center had a good article written by Norman Carlson on his recollection of past Christmas’s at the Fenton. It made me think back a bit to some of my own remembrances. Like Norman, I grew up on a dairy farm. My Dad was so keen on seeing us kids ...

Conservative column too liberal with numbers

Stephen Kershnar’s column (Dec. 15) headlined, “Left has an advantage with higher learning” cited very specific statistics from numerous studies purporting to show the overwhelming preponderance of Democratic vs. Republican professors and administrators in higher education, especially in ...

Healthy holiday wishes for 2022

As we approach the end of 2021, here is my wish list for the coming year. These are things I hope might occur in our community, our county, our state, our nation and world in the year 2022. The COVID pandemic is still here and heading into its third year. It must be about to set a record ...

Fortunetelling with Christmas stockings

That seems like an unusual combination, I know. I was a parent filling my own children’s Christmas stockings, when I realized how important my early stockings had been for my future. Who could have thought that a limp knee sock was part of my mother’s master plan … for my life’s ...

Mandate: one hated word

There has been a lot in press these days about how people don’t want to have a vaccine “mandate,” that whether or not one gets vaccinated against COVID is an individual choice and that the government should not require it. It made me think of government “mandates” in general. ...