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Opinion: By Hunter Throckmorton

Created Equal Contrary to some of our founding documents, not everyone is created equal. Yes, we are born with the same rights, but we vary in size, strength, speed, and stamina. For a long time in human history those who were blessed with size and strength and the mental capacity to use it were often…

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Mac’s View

Confusion about vaccinations Most of the residents in Knox County in the 1B category, 65 and over or over 16 with chronic medical issues, are still waiting to get their first shots of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines which require two shots. However, Jim Cowsert of Munday is not one of them. During a visit…

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Mac’s View

Secrets for happiness Happiness has been defined as a state, not a trait, and can be characterized by contentment and general satisfaction, being satisfied with life and in a positive frame of mind. The secret to happiness? Well, one thing is for sure; you need a good sense of humor and a bad memory. If…

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Opinion: By Hunter Throckmorton

Bonus Civis Bonus Civis – “Good Citizen” in Latin. What does it mean to be a good citizen, really? I believe part of our current situation is the decided absence of good citizens, or at least a temporary absence. The hallmarks of a good citizen are many, but a few stand out above the rest,…

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Pet Talk

Treating ‘cherry eye’ Spotting a red bump in the corner of a pet’s eye is a concerning but not uncommon experience for many dog owners. Colloquially called “cherry eye,” this bump may be a prolapsed gland of the nictitans, also known as the third eyelid. Dr. Sean Collins, a clinical assistant professor at the Texas…

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The 501 by Hannaba Munn Welch

Robots and bathtubs About 45 years ago a friend of mine said she planned to marry the inventor of a self-cleaning bathtub. She’s still single. If anyone has invented a self-cleaning tub, that clever person didn’t have a booth at this year’s big tech trade show in Las Vegas – the Consumer Electronics Show (CES),…

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Financial Focus by Jared Bodkin

Avoid tapping into 401(k) early If you’ve been contributing for many years to your 401(k) or similar retirement plan, it may be your largest pool of money. So, if you are facing a financial need, you may think about tapping into your account. After all, it’s your money – why not use it? But touching…

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Devotional

Attitude and Direction Matthew 7:7 Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. Encouraging Word It’s been said that your attitude in the morning determines your direction for the day. So whatever attitude you have this morning let me encourage you…

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Mac’s Views

Beware, scammers working the phones Robo calls are infuriating and you do need to take some steps to keep safe from scammers, who had a banner year in 2020. So filter your calls by entering all your trusted contacts into your smartphone. Only pick up the phone when their names show up on caller ID.…

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Opinion: By Hunter Throckmorton

‘Capitol’ Offense In the past few days, we have seen many unprecedented things, not the least of which was protestors storming buildings at the capitol. The reactions to these events have been almost as unprecedented. One such reaction was the rapid purging of certain conservative figures from major social media platforms. Another was a large…

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