Tom West

Happy New Year. I have long thought that the calendar should be changed. Instead of starting the new year 10 days after the winter solstice and a week following Christmas, the new year truly begins on Labor Day. After the long, lazy summer days of watching corn grow, children play and attending fairs and carnivals, [...]

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When I was growing up, the most important week of the year was this week. School began the day after Labor Day, and it was the week before when the class rosters for each teacher were posted. It was then that one’s fate for one, long year became known. Was the teacher strict? Was she [...]

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Last week, the biggest political rally to hit these parts in a while occurred. Except for the president of the United States, I doubt that any politician of any stripe could have drawn a crowd as large as someone known as Brigitte Gabriel. Some 650 people attended a gathering of the Central Minnesota Tea Party [...]

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Have you ever wondered about your family history? Ever asked questions whose answers are forever lost in the mists of time? The trouble with genealogy is that most of us don’t become interested until it is too late. My parents and grandparents could have answered many of my questions. My mother did extensive research. However, [...]

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When I was a kid, there was only one sport that made a child dream and that was baseball. Yes, the National Football League, National Basketball Association and National Hockey League existed, but it was Major League Baseball that captivated young boys. Perhaps it was because every town had a team. Many still do. But [...]

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If you have ever wondered how this nation managed to ring up $15 trillion in debt with no big objection, one good answer might be found in the fact that it does little to educate the masses on how to manage their money. Efforts to mandate the teaching of economics alongside English, math and science [...]

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In May 1970, U.S. college campuses erupted in widespread anti-war protests after U.S. troops crossed over from Vietnam to Cambodia to destroy North Vietnamese army sanctuaries. The incursion into Cambodia lasted about two months. At the time, I was serving on a U.S. Navy ship in the South China Sea. President Nixon announced around July [...]

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Some people bound from bed each morning with a “Seize the Day!” kind of attitude. I don’t know many people like that, but then I don’t see many people when they bound from bed. At our house for the last 20 or so years, it’s been just the Secretary of Health and Human Services and [...]

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