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Column – Minnesota proves it’s truly ‘the progressive state’

May 23, 2013 in Alexandria Echo Press

Congratulations are in order for the Minnesota Legislature, which approved a historic same-sex marriage bill last week. Minnesota now joins 11 other states that have legalized same-sex marriage. Delaware and Maryland approved their laws just two weeks ago. Continue Reading

Columns – Means-testing could save Social Security

February 10, 2011 in Alexandria Echo Press

In this current budget-cutting frenzy, it is a frightening prospect for millions of senior citizens and their loved ones that Social Security could become Social Insecurity. Continue Reading

Column – New ‘Huck Finn’ leaves out ‘n’ word

February 3, 2011 in Alexandria Echo Press

A “cleaned-up” version of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn has just been published. Continue Reading&

Column – At long last, Hawkes gets an Oscar nod

January 27, 2011 in Alexandria Echo Press

Congratulations to Alexandria native John Hawkes, the superb character actor who finally nabbed a long-overdue Oscar nomination. Continue Reading

Column – Old dogs can learn new tricks

January 20, 2011 in Alexandria Echo Press

Good news, folks! There’s hope for old dogs.
Through the many decades of my life, not once did I ever make a decent pizza, as many times as I tried. Continue Reading

Columns – Did toxic words trigger Tucson killer?

January 13, 2011 in Alexandria Echo Press

It might be impossible to prove beyond a doubt, but it is almost certainly likely that toxic words have helped push some deranged people over the edge into murder. Continue Reading

Column – You cling to your ‘duct’ and I’ll cling to my ‘duck’

January 6, 2011 in Alexandria Echo Press

Some questions will likely be argued until the last gasp of time.
One of them is this: “Is it duck tape or duct tape?” Continue Reading

Column – I can’t imagine a world before invention of duck tape

December 23, 2010 in Alexandria Echo Press

How did mankind survive before the invention of duck tape?
I just can’t imagine a world B.D. (before duck) Everything must have been coming apart at the seams failing, falling apart, left unrepaired, a chaotic shambles. Continue Reading

Column – Lennon songs will never die

December 16, 2010 in Alexandria Echo Press

John Lennon has jumped into my mind so many times in the 30 years since his death. Continue Reading

Column – Be careful when ‘sprinkling’ apostrophes

December 9, 2010 in Alexandria Echo Press

When will people learn that apostrophes are not salt-and-pepper?
These days, too many people sprinkle apostrophes willy-nilly to “season” their sentences. Continue Reading

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