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JIM HIGHTOWER: Wal-Mart scrooges  us all

JIM HIGHTOWER: Wal-Mart scrooges us all

Gosh, time flies when it’s pushed along by a jet stream of greed. It seems like only yesterday that Wal-Mart announced, with much self-congratulatory fanfare, that the super-rich retailing colossus wasn’t a scrooge after all. Indeed, while the world’s largest purveyor of stuff was not about to raise its poverty-level wages, it benevolently decided to […]

JIM CREES: Got an STD? Blame a liberal!

JIM CREES: Got an STD? Blame a liberal!

OK. I admit it. I’m probably not as smart, nor am I as articulate or erudite as Phil Robertson — the “Duck Dynasty” paterfamilia. Thankfully, I believe I’m a bit more tolerant than this pseudo-redneck. (I say pseudo-redneck ‘cause while Phil spends a lot of time cultivating his shuckin’ and jivin’ image, fact is he […]

JILL RICHARDSON: ‘Leave’ them alone

JILL RICHARDSON: ‘Leave’ them alone

This time of year, your trees are sending you a message. Although I grew up in the Midwest, I’m experiencing it anew. After spending eight blissful years in California, I’ve returned to a state where people wear hats shaped like cheese and where leaves turn colors and drop off the trees. I’m not completely ignorant […]

SCOTT CHERRY: Dancing out loud

By Scott Cherry of Meceola Big Brothers Big Sisters School dances were a combination of mystery, excitement and terror for me. The mystery and excitement was all about the young women who were there. The terror revolved around how stupid I thought I looked trying to dance and how incompetent I felt around girls. Most […]

MARY MATTINGLY: A permanent commitment

MARY MATTINGLY: A permanent commitment

Sometimes, it seems like there are two kinds of people in the world: dog people and cat people. For me personally, when it comes to choosing between the two, I nearly always go with the finicky feline. Maybe it’s because I was never raised around dogs and I’m not used to them. Maybe it’s because […]

Grimes and the unanswered question on Obama

Grimes and the unanswered question on Obama

So unpopular is President Obama these days that the (D) following Democratic candidates’ names might stand for Denial. And, so desperate are political pundits for any fresh news crumb that a molehill quickly becomes a mountain. One ill-chosen word — or, worse, a failure to answer a reporter’s question — and the candidate is suddenly […]

Time for a trust-busting beer bust

Time for a trust-busting beer bust

OK, that’s it – no more Mr. Nice Guy from me. The avarice of corporate power has now turned personal. It’s about beer, the nourishing nectar of a civilized society. Since my teen years, I’ve done extensive and intensive consumer research on the brewer’s art, from the full array of ales to the most substantial […]