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The anatomy of Natalie’s smile

How many of life’s problems could be solved or at least made less severe by a simple, kind smile?

The passing of city resident Natalie Comer earlier this week made me pause to consider this question.

ComerY Display

The Hilliker YMCA set up a display for its employee Natalie Comer who died unexpectedly this week at age 42. The caption under Natalie's photograph reads: "Natalie was a faithful and trusted employee and friend to the Hilliker YMCA. She came to work every day with an eagerness and keen enjoyment for life. Her pleasant caring and giving nature was an inspiration to the entire community. We will miss you Natalie." (PHOTO | HILLIKER YMCA)

Last Updated on Saturday, 09 February 2013

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A year with a beard: A resolution fulfilled

Reuben-2012

The year 2012 went down in history as a first for me — specifically, it was the first time I made a New Year’s Resolution and saw it through to the end of the year.

Most years, 2013 included, I don’t bother to set a resolution as I know I won’t live up to it. But 2012 was different.

Inspired by the formation of the local beard club, the Bellefontaine Body Bearders, I chose to grow out my beard and vowed not to shave it for an entire year.

And I can say I lived up to that resolution, at least in spirit.

Last Updated on Monday, 07 January 2013

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I vote for a return of ‘how things used to be’

miriam baier

Reflection seems to come naturally this time of the year when one has seen as many new years as I.   I did not drag my heels into the 21st Century by any means, but I am far from totally convinced that all “advancements” have been “improvements.”

I’m certainly glad we don’t have to use outhouses, though, and I like fast cars and malls and drive-through coffee. I’ve done my fair share of on-line shopping in my pajamas very willingly. I can send photos on my cell phone with a text message and often do. (I also sometimes accidentally call people, but we won’t go there right now.)

Last Updated on Saturday, 05 January 2013

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National championship prediction: Time to crash the Irish bandwagon

nate blog

A pair of storied college football programs collide when Alabama and Notre Dame meet Monday in the BCS National Championship game, and there exists no shortage of opinions as to how the tussle will turn out.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 January 2013

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Christmas memories and breakfast casserole

nate smith

It’s been three years ago this month since my grandmother passed away and, though I miss her often, the feeling is never as intense as it is this time of year.

Last Updated on Monday, 24 December 2012

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Candid, open discussion yields positive agreement

nate blog

Federal politicians inside the Washington, D.C., bubble sure could stand to learn a lot from a group of local elected officials committed to doing right by their constituents.

Punch and iced sugar cookies notwithstanding, the Nov. 27 joint meeting between Quincy and DeGraff village councils was fierce and, at times, a bit confrontational as both groups sought to get their way in an ongoing difference of opinion over how best to pay the incoming operator at the wastewater treatment plant.

Last Updated on Friday, 04 January 2013

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Too tired to tread water anymore

blog_reuben

It’s been four years since Barack Obama promised America “hope and change” and his ultimate election seemed, at least to me, like a potential positive sign for America.

As I wrote at the time, I was swept out to sea by a beautiful wave that seemed to be washing magically up on our golden shores.

But once the waters calmed, I found myself stranded out in the middle of nowhere just trying to keep my head from sinking beneath the surface.

As I have treaded that water, our national debt has climbed at a preposterous rate; our right to freedom of intrusion by the government and its spies has only grown darker; we are being forced to buy into an insurance scheme because politicians lack any ability to think of creative ways to provide health care to Americans; and despite promising to stop enforcing federal controlled substance laws in states with medical marijuana laws, DEA crackdowns are more prevalent than ever.

Last Updated on Friday, 16 November 2012

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Leave politics out of judge race

blog_reuben

In the true spirit of judicial elections, I say let’s make this November’s election of a new judge a completely nonpartisan race.

To recap the facts, Logan County Family Court Judge C. Douglas Chamberlain has announced his retirement effective Tuesday.

Credit to Judge Chamberlain for making his decision to enter his retirement in a manner timely enough to expediently decide who his replacement will be.

But when we examine the tight timeline ahead of the election, the need for a nonpartisan race is clear.

First, any apt lawyer who wishes to fill the seat can file as an independent by the end of the business day Aug. 10. The local Democrat and Republican parties, however, have until the end of the day Aug. 13 to decide who they want to put a rubber stamp on.

Last Updated on Friday, 16 November 2012

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