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Safety course: It only takes one slip to have holiday end in tragedy

There is a reason that there are rules about fireworks -- and why those who see the results of bad behavior say that following those rules is essential. It only takes a minute, or one stray spark, to change someone's...

Got books? School's out, but learning should still be in

There is nothing like hearing that last school bell ring when you are a kid. After all, it means a couple months of summer, which usually includes a whole lot of fun stuff. But there is a well-known, but little...

Call answered: Jeff Stewart has spent a lifetime serving -- and it mattered

He didn't have to continue serving this community when his predecessor retired. He had already proven his commitment to service when he volunteered to fight for his country as a member of the Army's elite Green Berets. But when you...

Safety first: Bottom line: Moped laws will likely keep people safe

There are reasons for laws. Sometimes it is to protect a person from himself, and sometimes it is to protect society from a person. Bottom line is, while the idea of a license for mopeds might seem like a...

It's about us: Taking down a flag solves nothing. Seeing each other as people does.

Removing a flag isn't going to do it. It might make some people feel better for          a while -- and it might even be a symbolic       gesture that becomes a milestone marker for     a shift in the way people think....

A first step: As funerals begin in Charleston, the chance to heal grows

Today is the first day that the Charleston community will gather to begin to say goodbye to some of the victims from the horrific church shooting last week. Families and friends will remember, mourn and celebrate the lives of...

TSA turmoil: This is one of those that we really need to get done right

Who would take that job? That is the immediate reaction to the news that there is a new chief of the Transportation Security Administration. The announcement is on the heels of at least two extremely embarrassing screwups that not only...

Heat thanks: It is not easy working in the heat

As most of us sit in air-conditioned offices and homes, we might not think about those whose jobs do not allow them the luxury. From city and county workers to emergency personnel like police, firefighters and EMS workers, there is...

Wise spending: Nonprofits help prevent more dependence on welfare

Nonprofits and tax money shouldn't mix. At least that is the impression that one would take away if he or she were to sit through one of the Wayne County Commission meetings. On the surface the complaint seems to...

Joined hands: Charleston shootings were about ignorance, hatred

There is no getting around the facts -- what happened in Charleston Wednesday night was the action of a sick, racist individual. There is no justification in any way for anyone who would walk into a church -- or...

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