CONFER: Groceries worth their weight in gold
If you share in your family’s grocery shopping duties you know there seems to be no end in sight to escalating costs for everything from junk food to health food and meats to cheeses.
VALLEY: Not exactly a surprise ‘party’
My wife and I decided that Memorial Day weekend would be an opportune time to head north and open our camp on the St. Lawrence River. My son, Eric, and his kids, Tyler and Lydia, were able to join us again this year for the — more laborious than ceremonious — annual task. Our work party was formed.
CONFER: Memorial Day is more than a long weekend
Americans everywhere are enjoying this long weekend, an extended respite from the daily grind of work or school. It’s a joyous occasion, the unofficial start to summer.
VALLEY: Apocalypse tonight, details tomorrow
Wow! Is my face red? I’m so embarrassed. I really hadn’t planned on submitting a column this week. I didn’t think I’d have to — with the end of the world scheduled for last Saturday and all. Now, here I sit pounding the keyboard. Working on something, anything — just to meet deadline.
VALLEY: Media is wrong on how we should react
I suppose it’s old news, but since it’s big news, I thought I’d add my 2 cents. I’m talking about the fact that Osama bin Laden is dead. My take? Cool!
VALLEY: Maybe I should use the drive-thru
I think I’ve mellowed over the years — I suppose that’s good. But there are times when my aged redneck-philosophy slips through the filters of reason (an editorial process that is usually installed by maturity). And instead of keeping my trap shut, I ignore the wisdom of common sense and spout off. Different scenarios can trigger such an event.
CONFER: The original instant messaging
The Internet has made the world a smaller place. We can log on to our email and Facebook accounts and share messages with friends and family around the globe. We can use Skype to see and talk to them from the comfort of our homes. It’s like the futuristic technology that was once a part of sci-fi movies is here now.
VALLEY: I’ll have nun of that in this column
Five years ago, this week, I happened to be in the Medina Journal-Register newspaper office. Back then I was doing a second-rate cartoon strip — as an advertisement for Curvin’s Newsstand — and I’d stopped in to drop it off. While I was there, I ran into the newspaper’s editor, Mike Reagan. (Mike has since left the job.)
VALLEY: Thou salt not overact
Such irony: All of the actors playing Jewish people in the film were hams. I refer to, of course, the epic Cecil B. Demille motion-picture “The Ten Commandments.”
CONFER: U.S. actions support al-Qaeda
Al-Qaeda left an indelible mark on modern America. By orchestrating the terror attacks Sept. 11, 2001 — killing thousands while attempting, even succeeding, to topple some of our most iconic structures — it changed the way of life in America by forcing our government’s hand in taking away the rights to freedom and privacy that we once swore were ours forever.
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