Barada: 150th anniversary of the American Civil War beckons travellers this summer
Since we’re in the middle of the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War; and based on the presumption that you’re interested in it at all, it’s just about time to start planning a trip to one of the two sites that marked the turning point in that conflict – Gettysburg, Pa., and Vicksburg, Miss.
Wolfsie: Cell calls
As a writer and TV reporter I have received praise and criticism of my work. Over the years, I have tried to benefit from both, but some recent feedback came from an unlikely source. It has been quite a joyful learning experience for me. So on a serious note this week…
Ward: Furnishing Rushville
I have fond memories of Rushville when it had three lumber/coal yards and four railroads went through town. The city owned the electric utility and the phone company was user-owned and operated.
Stuart: Seeing Through a Clear Kayak Adventure
I guess it’s not breaking news anymore, having been mentioned in my last two columns, that our spring break vacation this year was a cruise.
Messer: Broken tax code hurts families and job creators
Citizens all across our country recently participated in a 100-year-old American tradition: paying taxes. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the modern income tax.
Ward: Durbins put the “service” in “customer service”
I recently received a very nice letter from Ruth Lynne Durbin Walsh. She wrote in regards to an article I had written about the Durbin Hotel, and her parents. She told me a lot about the Rushville landmark and the Durbin family. It was indeed as if all who worked there were extended Durbins and were treated as such. Everyone I ever came into contact with at the hotel or restaurant was so friendly it was amazing.
Stuart: The art of navigating cruise ship food lines
Rumor has it that my kids accompanied my wife and me on our family vacation this past spring break. I’m not so sure.
We took a cruise on the Carnival Liberty, and during the long stretches when we were at sea, my wife, her parents, who joined us on the trip, and I would exchange stories of spotting our kids (or kids who looked like our kids, at least) as though we were discussing the latest blurry photographs of the Loch Ness Monster.
Barada: Punishing those responsible for terrorism
Just one week ago was the latest terrorist attack on the United States. Two home-made bombs were detonated near the finish line of the famous Boston Marathon.
Wolfsie: Moose calls
Warning: There’s another case of food impropriety in the news. A popular frozen dinner option is being removed from ovens over in Scandinavia in another half-baked scandal.
Stuart: Cursing, make that cruising toward a cruise
We took a cruise for our spring break vacation this year. It worked out just as I hoped it would; a ship far out in the ocean was the only place I could run and hide from my co-workers’ mockery of my NCAA basketball tournament bracket.
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