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Real understanding of our southern border is rare

Posted: Friday, Aug 28th, 2015
Immigration is again in the news, with presidential candidates whipping up crowds with tales of immigrants overrunning our borders, many of them criminals simply looking for victims.
And again, I am left saddened and shaking my head.
I grew up on the border with Mexico in Arizona, and my hometown is more than 60 percent Hispanic. My wife and I

There are times a fee is really a tax

Posted: Friday, Aug 21st, 2015
Words are things that I pay attention to. I am supposed to, of course, as it is my job to do so.
We all hear that words matter, and they do. But I'm not sure that everyone actually believes that or even understands what it means.
Take the word "fee" for example. Fee has become a very popular word in

Want to boost your daughter’s self image? Don’t go for bust

Posted: Friday, Aug 21st, 2015
When I first read about Jenna Franklin, the British girl whose parents are giving her $8,000 breast implants for her 16th birthday, I was shocked by the notion of a father willing to be part of anything that would make his teenaged daughter more enticing to teenaged boys.
Looking ahead to my own daughter's sweet 16, I've begun saving up

Letter to the editor, Carole Whitney, Mount Morris

Posted: Friday, Aug 21st, 2015
Dear Editor,
Regarding a letter printed on Aug. 3 by Curt Freeberg of Byron:
I was asked to rebut your obviously one-sided comment by presenting the other side, the Conservative side of the issue and allegation you raised against Conservatives.
So here goes:
You stated: "As a progressive this is an interesting time to watch politics. Nuclear arms treaties are

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