Steve: Sometimes it’s good to be grateful for things you didn’t get

It’s time to be thankful for things you have and things you remember. But sometimes you have to stop and say thank you for things you didn’t get, remembering the old warning, “Be careful what you wish for. You just might get it.” I’m thankful that I never got rich. Being rich means managing your […]

Steve: Teachers deserve more respect than they get

I was almost a teacher. That’s why I respect teachers and think our society and culture don’t respect them enough. I stopped short of getting a license twice, and I’ve spent a lot of time in classrooms in recent years, but that doesn’t make me a teacher. Licenses don’t make teachers, anyway. Years of 60-hour […]

Thomas: Meatloaf brings back family memories

The mind’s ability to process information has always been a mystery and what deepens the mystery is how and when the information can trigger a memory and feelings. I’ve eaten meat loaf numerous times, in fact I’ve eaten it so much I have a ranking system for meat loaf, much like our editor David Stevens […]

Steve: Always something new to spend too much on

I learned last week that the sale of Halloween costumes for pets has become a multi-million-dollar industry. Seeing the family Chihuahua dressed as the Incredible Hulk might be worth a few bucks, but the message I get is that times are still bad. Times have been less than optimal since the late 1970s. Wages have […]

Wall of Faces four years in making

It was a treasure hunt of sorts that took more than four years and involved gathering 398 pieces of paper that were at least 40 years old. But the completed project, overseen by Vietnam veterans Art Canales of Santa Fe with an assist by Art DeVargas of Albuquerque, does more than put faces with the […]

Letter to the editor — Oct. 30

Millions will benefit from ACA Every time you turn on a news channel or radio station there is someone running down the Affordable Care Act. There is an ideology in our country that believes anything government does is bad. This group is not concerned about the needs of the majority of citizens in our country […]

We have nothing to fear from yoga

The American Yoga Association reports the word yoga means “to join or yoke together” in an effort to bring body and mind into harmony. “In ancient times, the desire for greater personal freedom, health and long life, and heightened self-understanding gave birth to this system of physical and mental exercise which has since spread throughout […]

Steve: Government shutdown — what was the point?

Whew. I survived the federal shutdown by the skin of my teeth. My federal sources weren’t available, except for one nice lady who talked to me from her home. Most of my favorite federal websites were down, though, which caused untold disruption in my routine. That hour I spent trying to find data that I […]

Thomas: Remembering a veteran and a friend

I am saddened that I will not hear any more stories about Indiana, the Ford Motor Company, trips to Mexico or smell the smoke of those Havana cigars. Recently a friend of mine, and many others in Logan and the American Legion Post 77, passed away. His name was Dave Hessler, he was a Vietnam […]

Steve: ‘Good old days’ hold both good and bad

My alma mater, West Virginia University, has regained the title of Playboy magazine’s top party school. I greet this news with a mix of gladness and despair. Being a graduate of a party school sounds like a great thing, unless someone reminds you of it in a job interview and you have to say, “Yes, […]