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Most years, we would have had a head start on a summer’s tan by now. This year, I think that a fine patina of mold is the best that we can hope for. As the Brits would say, “Corrrr, this rain is gettin’ chronic.”

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There’s quite a controversy going on at a local university over a mandatory class featuring a former Jew invited to lecture a Christianity class.

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Spring is here and so are proposed school budgets for the coming 2018-19 school year. Some say hope springs eternal this time of year, but the outlook for school budgets that meet local revenue and state funding isn’t always so hopeful.

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The word “mollycoddle” was a favorite of President Theodore Roosevelt. It means to over protect or over indulge someone. It seems that there is a lot of that going on in America today.

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I am having one of those days. I’m staring at a fresh blank word-processing document and I don’t have a clue as to what I should write about. We may be in for a bumpy ride.

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The biggest victim of climate change — call it what you will, but something’s happening and we might as well call it that — is the death of weather lore.

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Every once in a while, I catch sight of the town I grew up in. I mean the town with people on the streets out doing things on a Friday night. It makes me think of things that once were and can be again.

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I’ve been thinking of writing about this subject ever since I returned to the area a few years ago. I would like to claim that I coined “the third place,” but that honor really belongs to a features writer at the late great Harrisburg Patriot-News, now known simply as PennLive.com, more than…

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At last, my favorite month of the whole year has arrived. It’s my favorite for a lot of reasons, but here are a couple. Although I am long retired now, the thought of summer vacation being just around the corner always had a lot of appeal. The warm weather is another bonus, especially in a y…

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I can tell that the nice weather is keeping more of us busier as I have received no letters recently. As my longer-time readers know, this opens me up to sharing my take on whatever strikes me as being worth sharing.

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Several years ago I was visiting a friend’s farm to observe his cattle grazing operation and ask a few questions. During our walk through the fields we came upon a plot that featured quite a good deal of ragweed growing among the desired vegetation. I asked him about the weeds and his plan t…

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On April 9, the FBI raided the office, home and hotel room of President Trump’s personal attorney, Michael Cohen. The raids were based on a referral by Special Counsel Robert Mueller who is investigating President Trump, seemingly for whatever he wants.

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One Clarion County nugget of wisdom is that everything leans toward Fisher, but no one is certain what the slogan means. Is it a thing? Is it a directional means? Or, is it a frame of mind?

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“Cooking beans is like going to see clowns and sword swallowers at a circus, only to find them all sitting inside the tent, playing canasta.”

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Time management. I’m reminded on a regular basis that the skills I possess in this field are horrendous. Such an observation usually makes its way to the surface when I have overbooked myself and I’m spouting off my temper about how someone needs to figure out a 30 hour day and an eight day …

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Ma Nature is still trying to make up her mind. One day it looks like winter, the next something like late spring. While her indecision affects us all, I think about our student athletes out there in miserable conditions.

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The game of chess, as most know, is based upon the concept of war strategy. The least valuable of the pieces are the pawns. Their moves are very limited, and if one must be sacrificed, it’s really no big deal.

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Last month 17 people were fatally shot at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. by a former student. Some of the students at the school that day have become active participants in a call for gun control. The Parkland students are being called Survivors, and they are, but let…

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Temple Grandin, a professor of Animal Sciences at Colorado State University, gave a remarkable talk at Clarion University a few weeks ago.

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It’s all my fault. I talked about spring weather last week, and what happened? Ma Nature done snowed on our heads the other night, a couple of fluffy inches rather than a genteel springtime dusting.

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In his book, “The Dorito Effect,” Mark Schatzker introduces readers to the concept of a “need state” in association with nutrients contained in food. Upon further investigation of the topic, I learned that need states are not limited to food: If we are cold, our need state is for a coat or s…

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Wow! It’s April already. It seems as though time flies even if you are not having fun.

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I went to bed late last night and after I turned out the lights, I thought that there was too much brightness outside the window. It was a reflection of the streetlight on a couple of inches of snow.

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I may be jinxing our weather luck, but the worst of the snow and ice seems to be behind us. If we receive anything more than a dusting in the following weeks, you can blame me.

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“From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs,” a slogan popularized by Karl Marx, is the foundational ideology of Communism. Communism promised free access and distribution of goods, capital and services. According to Communists, everyone would work hard to produce the…

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Clarion County maintenance employees are putting their skills to work for the people of the county, and there is already an extensive list of projects as the new offices for District Magistrate and Probation near completion.

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I don’t know. I’m feeling a little self-indulgent this week, and the column I wrote the other night just isn’t working. So, let’s talk about cats instead.

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You know how I try to keep politics and violence out of Return of the Native. If this column accomplishes anything, I hope that it brings people together. We are all just walking each other home.

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You know that I criticize the Left a lot. Thinking about it, I probably should thank them for one thing. They seem to provide me with a constant stream of column material.

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I can well remember a Penn State horticulture professor’s regular classroom emphasis of his fascination with plants. “Any living organism with roots,” he would say, “cannot get up and run away when conditions become unfavorable. A plant absolutely must create a way to withstand whatever life…

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I relearned an interesting aspect of election rules in the last month. You don’t have to live in a Congressional district to be elected for that district.

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I am not an oenophile. I had to look up the spelling of that fancy word for a connoisseur of wines. I had little clue as to how to spell it.

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Recently, Rimersburg Rules attended an intimate dinner meeting with the director of a prestigious Western Pennsylvania organization. During the dinner the director waxed eloquent about the east coast of Africa. With little thought, Rules said, “Well, there’s a great deal of anti-Indian bigot…

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Well, it’s March. February is finally over at last. While we can, of course, get some real winter weather this month (the Blizzard of ’93 was in March), we are also almost certain to get at least some nice days, too. Further, the much awaited arrival of spring takes place this month.

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It was fall 2017, and I was standing near the stables on a beautiful plantation along the Ashleigh River in Charleston, S.C. My wife and I were attending the wedding of a friend of hers, and I found myself in the company of young men and women enjoying careers in the medical field. The atmos…

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Today is a gray and drippy morning in late February. Valentine’s Day is over, my birthday passed. There’s nothing on the celebration calendar for at least another three weeks.

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When Congressman Devin Nunes, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said he was going to release a committee memo that reported the Federal Bureau of Investigation used unverified and probably bogus information to get a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrant to spy on the Trum…