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Saturday, September 10, 2011

Hurricane Irene last week was the vindication of our disaster preparedness efforts! Since we moved into our current house five years ago, we focused on self-sufficiency. We created a garden and started growing our own food. We learned how to can and preserve our vegetables as well as locally grown fruit. Last year, we installed solar power with the capability to be on or off the grid. Several people questioned my sanity as they felt I was overdoing my disaster preparedness. I have to admit that I went overboard with the solar power.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Tomorrow is the tenth anniversary of what many could conceivably say is the darkest day in American History eclipsing even Pearl Harbor as the deadliest attack on civilians by foreign criminals in an act of war on American soil.

Almost three thousand people lost their lives that morning in the heinous, cowardly attacks on two of our tallest office buildings, in the Pentagon the center of our nation's defense and finally on a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

The drastic weather we've seen in many parts of the nation this year has some newscasters and weather officials using terms like "once-in-a-lifetime" and "never-before-seen." A century ago, the region found itself in the grips of a late-summer drought that didn't break until a deluge in late August brought relief and replenished water supplies.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

There are two emails circulating right now that relate to the September 11, 2001 terror attack on America. The content of both are worthy of reading and watching, over and over.

The first email is a video "World Trade Center Memorial," narrated by Joe Daniels, president of the National Sept. 11 Memorial and Museum.

It begins with the Twin Towers as they stood majestically against a beautiful American blue sky. They were iconic American landmarks that have been relegated to a very tragic moment in this country's history.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

By BOB URBAN

rurban@tnonline.com

Below is a reproduction of the editorial I wrote after Sept. 11, 2001, under deadline, while the Twin Towers burned out of control, depicted on the television set located on a shelf behind my TIMES NEWS desk. It's probably not the best editorial I have ever written in my more than 45 years in the newspaper business. But it's among the most passionate writing I have done as I watched this day of infamy unfold.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

By DAVID WARGO

tneditor@tnonline.com

Local governments are where the laws are passed that affect us the most. And it is our local governments that should require the most attention from us, the citizens of these municipalities. That seems like such a simple concept, but not very many of us seem to participate at this level and it shows.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

By KAREN CIMMS

kcimms@tnonline.com

My husband hates this time of year.

He says it's because winter is just around the corner and he hates the cold, but I think he's lying.

Yes, there's a bit of a nip in the air. There are still some warm, summer days, but they are waning. Evenings are getting chilly, and the breeze carries a hint of wood smoke.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

By JIM ZBICK

jzbick@tnonline.com

There's little argument that workers a century ago didn't earn the right or have good reason to celebrate Labor Day.

In a report to the senate on labor conditions at 344 iron and steel plants in the United States, Commerce and Labor Secretary Charles Nagel pointed out that a sampling of 90,000 employees found that one-third of them were working seven-day workweeks. A quarter of them were working 84 or more hours a week, which meant 12-hour workdays all week, including Sundays.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

By BOB URBAN

rurban@tnonline.com

The more things change, the more they stay the same.

Currently we are a nation that is not very happy with our government. Taxes are too high. The economy is in the dumpster. We're fighting wars in two countries where we shouldn't even be involved with.

But criticism of our nation's leaders is nothing new. Take these tidbits from noted leaders and scholars from throughout our nation's history and see if you can relate those criticisms to the climate in Washington today.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Normally, unemployment decreases during the summer. State and federally funded infrastructure projects account for many fair weather jobs. This year, despite pumping over $1 trillion into the economy, unemployment remains high. The so-called stimulus did nothing to improve our economic situation. I agree with the politicians when they say that pumping money into the economy may have preserved some jobs. Where I differ is that government stimulus jobs have not created the multiplier effect, which leads to greater employment.