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The Back 40: Unwritten baseball rules and the infield fly

By  Jay Williams   Anyone who has grown up around baseball knows all about the game’s so-called unwritten rules. You don’t bunt to try and break up a no-hitter. (I’m sorry, but isn’t the goal of baseball to get on base and try to score runs to win? If I bunt in that situation, throw…

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Mac’s Views: Memories of my first Masters

You can be assured that I will be glued to my television set this weekend for the final two rounds of the Masters at Augusta National. It’s still my favorite tournament, partly because of my first visit to the holy grail of golf back in 1972 when I was a golf writer with the Tulsa…

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The Back 40: The Magic of Youth

By:  Jay Williams   “Every generation blames the one before. And all of their frustrations come beating on your door.” Lyrics from “The Living Years” by Mike and the Mechanics   I guess it’s inevitable that frustrations get passed on between different generations. I wish it weren’t that way. But it seems to me that…

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Macs views: Old mesquite trees ain’t out yet

If you remember, Easter came a little later last year. On that Sunday morning, a cold front arrived and dropped temperatures almost down to the freeze mark of 32, maybe even a little lower in the northern part of the county, which had a wintery mix the next night. This certainly went against what I…

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FINANCIAL FOCUS: Time for Some Financial Spring Cleaning

In just a few days, we will experience the vernal equinox – one of the two times in the year when the sun is exactly above the equator. Apart from this astronomical anomaly, though, the equinox is mostly known as the beginning of spring – a fresh beginning and the time to spruce things up.…

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Mac’s Views: Rest of the Mitchell-Douglas Feud

There always seem to be different versions of all stories depending upon who you talk with. That’s why I always used to like radio commentator Paul Harvey’s “The Rest of the Story” programs. If you remember, I recounted a story back in December about the case of King County sheriff/rancher J.J. “Red” Mitchell from one…

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The Back 40: Panic in the Cereal Aisle

By  Jay Williams Here’s a question for all of you parents out there. Have you ever lost track of one of your children in a public place? Don’t be embarrassed if the answer is yes. It has happened to almost all of us. The wave of panic that sweeps over you when it happens is…

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FINANCIAL FOCUS: Resilience is key to meeting financial goals

Resilience is key to meeting financial goals In just about any endeavor, you’ll benefit by showing resilience – and that’s certainly true when it comes to achieving your financial goals. You can demonstrate this resilience by answering these questions: What is your specific goal? What obstacle do you face in achieving this goal? How can…

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The Back 40: That’s My Quarterback

By:  Jay Williams I have been a fan of the Dallas Cowboys for so long, I don’t remember a time in my life when I wasn’t a fan of the team. I asked my Dad one time when I started following the Cowboys, and he wasn’t sure. “Maybe when you were about five,” he guessed.…

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