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Sunday, December 21, 2014

Christmas

The Comforter

Local columnist Jimmy Reed relates his thoughts of a visit to the Dachau Concentration Camp and the recent discovery of a touching Christmas story relating to a husband and wife who lived in Austria at the time. (December 9, 2014, Page 4)

It’s time for Letters to Santa

Our annual Seasons Greeting issue with Letters to Santa comes up in less than two weeks and already the letters are coming into the office. (December 8, 2014, Page 4)

Deadly Sins change names, but still the same

Local columnist T.J. Ray takes a look at “The Seven Deadly Sins” — lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy and pride — and notices they are all still problems, even though we may call them by different names these days. (October 13, 2014, Page 4)

Budgeting for chocolate price increase

Did you see where cocoa futures are shooting through the roof? Increased costs for that key ingredient as well as other has led The Hershey Company to announce an upcoming price increase, and Editor Don Whitten writes about how it will affect the candy lovers in his household. (July 18, 2014, Page 4A)

More school days or a different calendar?

The Center for America Progress is recommending that more time is added to the school year to help students and teachers deal with Common Core Standards, and Editor Don Whitten takes a look at options that involve adding more days to the school year or adjusting the school calendar a bit. (February 14, 2014, Page 4A)

Pantry hosts complex, but caring, symphony

Local columnist T.J. Ray takes a closer look at the workings of the local food bank, The Pantry, and urges members of the community to help out in any way they can. (December 18, 2013, Page 4A)

Letters to the Editor

Sarah Moses writes to express disappointment in the city putting out its Christmas decorations so early, saying she’d think sometime after Thanksgiving would have been more appropriate. (November 8, 2013, Page 4A)

‘Holiday season’ starts earlier every year

Editor Don Whitten takes a look at how a collective “holiday season” seems to have replaced all of the individual holidays in October, November and December, and how that season seems to begin a little bit earlier every year. (October 25, 2013, Page 4A)

Gifts for the man who needs nothing

Who’s the hardest person to get gifts for? The man that’s honored this Sunday – father. Editor Don Whitten takes a look back to words of wisdom passed along by fathers and how most seem to deal with gift ideas the same way. (June 14, 2012, Page 4)

How about some holiday adjustments?

After making it through another one of our increasingly popular holidays – Valentine’s Day – Editor Don Whitten takes a look at holidays with suggestions about some changes and additions. (February 15, 2012, Page 4)

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