Tom West

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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Most people in these parts have only one word to describe the summer just past: “Weird.” Snow in May always gets the planting season off to a bad start, and when the fields are a quagmire past Memorial Day, some folks turned downright sullen. But perception and reality are two different things, and so West’s  [...]

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I have been avoiding writing anything about the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare, for a long time. Much has been said by others, but it’s difficult to know what’s true and what’s opinion. Now, however, we are reaching the point where people are actually going to be depending on the government for [...]

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