Tom West

Please buckle your seat belts, Flight 2013 will be coming in for a landing shortly. Make sure your issues are in an upright position, and remain seated until we come to a full stop. Flight 2013 began several gallons short of a full tank, and it seemed as if it might not last until the [...]

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When you talk to folks about education, be they teachers or school athletic boosters, the phrase one hears most often is, “It’s all about the kids.” But then when it comes to hashing out education policy, the only conclusion can be, “It’s all about the adults.” We have been at war with each other over [...]

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Like almost all other print publications, the Peach has a Web page and has struggled with how to make it work with what we are doing in print. Truth be known, we ink-stained wretches are going through a difficult transition because our readers are at different stages in adapting to the Internet and using a [...]

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Tens of thousands of words will be written over the next week regarding the assassination of John F. Kennedy on Nov. 22, 1963. I am among the 21 percent of Americans alive today who had contemporary awareness of that event. I was sitting in a high school “typing” class clackety-clacking away while thinking about basketball. [...]

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An open letter to University of Minnesota football coach Jerry Kill: I’ve been a Gopher fan since the days when Gopher football was the biggest athletic attraction in the state, when basketball had trouble drawing 5,000 even with the Minneapolis Lakers winning world championships, and the baseball Saints and Millers were both minor league. I [...]

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All Americans should be disheartened by the outcome of the recent government shutdown. Little was accomplished other than to upset the American people in general. More importantly, like the boy who cried wolf, the next time somebody complains about the mushrooming federal debt, people will be even less likely to pay attention. Americans want a [...]

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Sometimes we find provocation in the oddest places. Most recently for me, it came from reading Dan Brown’s best-seller, “Inferno.” Brown is known for being controversial. His best-known novel, “The DaVinci Code” suggests that Jesus Christ was married to Mary  Magdalene. Now comes “Inferno,” another thriller that runs from clue to clue based on Dante’s [...]

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If you don’t know whom to blame for the federal government shutdown, try looking in a mirror. I know. It’s easy to blame the Republicans or the Democrats, depending upon your preference, to see the good intentions in one, but not the other. It’s easy to see your side shouldn’t compromise. But the fact is, [...]

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