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My father reminded me more than once that if you don’t learn something new every day, you’ve missed out on a learning experience. I’m not sure if I accomplish this, but at least once a week, I learn a new word. The word this week is “Aphorism.” Aphorism is a statement of truth or opinion expressed...
To the editor: We urge all voters in St Joseph County to vote for John James for the U.S. Senate on Tuesday, Nov. 6. We need a combat veteran like John James in the Senate. There are way too few veterans in Congress these days. We need someone of John James’ caliber and generation to represent and...
Letter to the editor: By attempting to viciously and deceptively smear the credibility of his opponent Matt Longjohn’s MD degree and extensive career in healthcare, Congressman Fred Upton, of Michigan’s 6th District, has disgraced himself. Upton is running hideous, in-the-gutter, dark money ads...
To the editor: As a person of faith, I can no longer remain silent in this toxic political environment. We vote on Tuesday and all who are able should exercise that right. If you are a person of Christian faith, you have a doubly hard job because there is no equivocating when it comes to this...
To the editor: Two themes appearing in a lot of ads in recent weeks are 1. Funding for education and 2. Compassion and women’s health-funding. There is a connection. In Michigan, funding for the K-12 years is based upon the annual classroom “count.” Aty dollars per head, the amount for schools is...
To the editor: I want to express my support of the Honorable Congressman Fred Upton. Fred has represented me for a long time. In an era of discontentment with our leaders, longevity can be a good thing. I have known him in a variety of different ways and have appreciated his service. I am a Merit...
To the editor: I am writing to reach out to readers to join me in not only encouraging newly-aged voters to learn more about the various politicians running for this election but also to use their voice to make a change about things they feel passionate about.
To the editor: I grew up watching (SET ITALICS) Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood (END ITALICS) on PBS. Through his TV show and his advocacy, Fred Rogers advocated for what he called a “neighborhood expression of care.” This November, I will be voting for candidates who care for the least of these in our...
Unless you’ve been hiding out in a cave somewhere, you’re aware that today is Halloween. Hopefully the weather will cooperate and we won’t be having any rain or thunderstorms. By now everyone should have a costume ready along with a large shopping bag for all those sweet treats. This is all you...
To the editor, As I consider how to vote on Nov. 6, I keep thinking of a statement from Father Greg Boyle, a Catholic priest who works on building community and job skills with former gang members in L.A. He says, “Here is what we seek: a compassion that can stand in awe at what the poor have to...

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