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  • Ronn Mott.jpg RONN MOTT: An American Soldier

    The cover of Time magazine this past week had a picture of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, and emblazoned under the picture were the words, “WAS HE WORTH IT?” And the answer is … YES!

    June 10, 2014 1 Photo

  • Liz Ciancone.jpg LIZ CIANCONE: Dental gains came with far less pain

    Sometimes I wonder if the “good old days” were all they are cracked up to be. I’ll give you the “old” but the jury is still out on “good.”

    June 9, 2014 1 Photo

  • MARK BENNETT: The road ahead

    An invisible force shield — just like those found in comic books — formed a barrier between us and the edge of that road.

    June 7, 2014

  • LEE HAMILTON: Why I still have faith in Congress

    It’s depressing to read poll after poll highlighting Americans’ utter disdain for Congress.

    June 7, 2014

  • RONN MOTT: Radio Movement

    It seems as if the radio market is living up to the show business reputation of the only thing constant is change.

    June 5, 2014

  • Ronn Mott.jpg RONN MOTT: The Stench of the VA

    The Veterans Administration medical service has been an ill-run situation for American veterans for years. It goes back to Richard Nixon’s inability to get anything done, to John Kennedy permitting the use of Agent Orange to get rid of the foliage in Vietnam.

    June 3, 2014 1 Photo

  • LIZ CIANCONE: Programs from past can still be the best

    I was playing with the channel selector the other evening and lucked upon my Best Friend’s favorite movie. We sat up until all hours until the credits for “Twelve O’clock High” signaled that it was all over.

    June 2, 2014

  • MARK BENNETT: Generational ‘Catch 22’

    Baby Boomers’ long run of cultural dominance gradually gives way to America’s 22-year-olds

    May 31, 2014

  • RONN MOTT: The dangers of a melting shelf

    According to the scientists who study and know about these things, the west Antarctic ice sheet is melting faster than expected, and the resulting rise in sea levels will change the globe in all parts of the world.

    May 30, 2014

  • RONN MOTT: Not too short to kill

    The young man who went on a 10-minute rampage killing six people and wounding others was pathologically upset with his situation in life. He was deeply depressed by the fact he had been rejected by some of the women at a local college, UC Santa Barbara, in California.

    May 29, 2014

  • RONN MOTT: Decoration Day 2014

    As I understand the history of Memorial Day, it began in upper New York State and the ladies of various churches putting flowers on the graves of fallen Civil War soldiers.

    May 27, 2014

  • Ronn Mott.jpg RONN MOTT: Ethics

    Somehow or other, in the days when I was a student, I never had a class in ethics. Since I started being interested in history at an early age, I remember something Aristotle, the Greek philosopher, said. (He was a tutor to Alexander the Great.) Not quoting verbatim, he said greed always gets in the way of good ethics.

    May 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • RONN MOTT: Redbirds

    I became a St. Louis Cardinals baseball fan in 1946. The Redbirds had won the National League Pennant and would play the Boston Red Sox for the World Series Championship.

    May 20, 2014

  • LIZ CIANCONE: Lady luck landed the special cool treat

    I confess to an addiction.

    May 19, 2014

  • KIEL MAJEWSKI: ‘We can do better’

    “When they said ‘never again’ after the Holocaust, was it meant for some people and not for others?”
    So said Apollon Kabahizi, a survivor of the genocide perpetrated against the Tutsi people in Rwanda 20 years ago. At that time, I was 10 years old and in the fourth grade at Dixie Bee Elementary School in Terre Haute. My brother Jordan was one year older, a fifth grader.

    May 17, 2014

  • RONN MOTT: ‘Texans’ loss’

    I’m not a coach, never played football, not even in high school, but I have broadcast hundreds of games and talked to that many coaches in interview situations, so I guess I’m not an expert but I’m fairly knowledgeable in the sport. This is a set-up for me to say, the Houston Texans made a big, big, blunder! Hang on, we’ll explain.

    May 16, 2014

  • RONN MOTT: “Boko Haram”

    Boko Haram, an absolutely insane Muslim terrorist group held the focus of the world’s news organizations these past two weeks because they captured more than 200 school girls.  They did this because they knew the Nigerian army and government would not come after them.

    May 15, 2014

  • LIZ CIANCONE: Reading, writing add to her day

    My family was devoted to words and word games. Books, magazines, newspapers (and the crossword puzzle) were a big hit. I could hardly wait until I could read.

    May 12, 2014

  • MET 011311 COUNCIL FILE.jpg MARK BENNETT: Mother of all missed opportunities

    So often, we entrust mothers with so much. They draw duty as mediators when there’s a problem at school, healers when pain hits, and self-sacrificers willing to put the needs of their families ahead of their own. Not perfect, but perfectly equipped, thank God, to be the glue that holds things together. Mother’s Day offers an ideal moment to remember those qualities.

    May 10, 2014 1 Photo 1 Story

  • RONN MOTT: Cats and rabbits

    It’s that time of year when my affable, lovable cats fall back to their primary roots and become stalking killers. Fortunately for the birds, they seem to have learned this very large side yard should not be utilized for giving birth to baby birds and laying eggs. Birds are not the only prey, as young rabbits also fall into that category.

    May 8, 2014

  • Ronn Mott.jpg RONN MOTT: No fool like…

    There’s an old saying that, unfortunately, never grows old, and that is “There’s no fool like an old fool.” Donald Sterling should have his picture in the dictionary beside that quote. He has been banned from the NBA, and Adam Silver, new commissioner of the NBA, has informed the other owners he wants them to force Sterling to sell his interest in the Los Angeles Clippers.

    May 6, 2014 1 Photo

  • LIZ CIANCONE: Wondering what goes on in a dog’s brain

    There was an interesting tidbit on the evening news the other day. It seems that a team of researchers is conducting a study to see if they can find out what dogs are thinking.

    May 5, 2014

  • MET 041510 RANA SINGH.jpg MARK BENNETT: Low, and OK with it

    The little sticker in the upper-left corner of a vehicle’s windshield reminds us — three months in advance — when to get an oil change.

    May 3, 2014 1 Photo

  • FLASHPOINT: Government as innovator? You bet!

    Five years ago, the federal government spent $169 billion to fund basic research and development. This fiscal year, it’s down to $134 billion.

    May 3, 2014

  • THOMAS L. STEIGER: Perhaps Millenials are the true Americans

    I recently took an online fun quiz that tells you such things as what kind of flower you are or which character you are from “Seinfeld”; there are many, and they’re fun.

    May 3, 2014

  • RONN MOTT: Remembering our railroad history

    Last week, my wife had an operation on one of her eyes. The operation was for cataracts and glaucoma. And despite the fact that she is an independent woman, with this procedure she would not be able to drive for a day or two.

    May 2, 2014

  • RONN MOTT: Media/Ice Tea

    The radio station that was called “Bob,” a somewhat eclectic collection of songs, and now it is going to be playing the top current hits, hot rock, cool rock, rock-rock, or whatever they call this kind of format these days.

    May 1, 2014

  • RONN MOTT: Defiance of the Law

    Cliven Bundy has tried very hard to be a 21st century Robin Hood … take from the rich and keep it. Here’s a man who for many years has taken the scrub land of the desert that is not owned by him and run his cattle on it. The land happens to be owned by the government and Mr. Bundy, who doesn’t like much of anything, has decided to thumb his nose at the government.

    April 29, 2014

  • LIZ CIANCONE: As we age, thrill of moving diminishes

    You’d think I would have moving down to a science. Heaven knows I have had plenty of experience.

    April 28, 2014

  • sophie3.jpg MARK BENNETT: Telling a difficult story

    Arthur Feinsod struggled to vocalize lines from his own play, “Coming to See Aunt Sophie.”

    April 26, 2014 4 Photos

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