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Saturday, July 16, 2011

In this article, I decided to write about the things that affect those of us who earn their way, pay taxes and support their families. I have to admit that lately I felt overburdened by the redistribution of our wealth. We continue to support those who are able-bodied but choose not to work and the unemployed who have stopped looking for work.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

As a reporter, I come into contact with a lot of people. Most of the people are good people. I can't think of any, though, who impressed me as much as Hunter Wolfe did.

I only met Hunter this past March. Sad to say, I met him only one more time after that.

Hunter was only 12-years-old and on Thursday, July 7, he passed away. He lost a valiant battle he fought against cancer.

In April, Hunter, the son of Kimberly Sargeant and Tony Wolfe, both of Jim Thorpe, was one of the recipients of the annual "Courage Awards" of the local chapter of the American Cancer Society.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Many people read their horoscope in the newspaper which is supposedly based on the movement of the planets through constellations that form a plane called the zodiac. We know our sign and some of us know what type of sign that is, earth, air, water or fire, but there are other systems of classifying our lives that have been used by seers through the ages to help us understand our life's mission. Now depending on your background, these systems may be flights of fancy or seriously believed.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

The voice message from Linda's sister Diane said, "We're here safe and sound! And it's AWESOME!" That was when they were on vacation in Williamsburg, Virginia and had a fabulous time.

Linda wanted to slap her sister silly for her stupid cheery message.

The Koehlers' friends, Brian and Michelle came back from a cruise to Bermuda and raved about their trip and said they'd go back in a heartbeat.

Linda was sorry to hear they did not get seasick.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Every once in a while, I read something so profound that I tuck it away in my heart. That's what happened when I was reading a book called "Soul Mates, Honoring the Mysteries of Love and Relationship."

Author Thomas Moore talks about finding soul mates in friends as well as in a marriage partner.

There is much about the book that is worthwhile reading for those who care about understanding and strengthening the special relationship we find with someone we call a soul mate.

This is the part of the book that jumped out at me and implanted itself within me:

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Long berfore gasoline prices soared to near $4 a gallon, Sunday drives used to be a pleasant undertaking for a summer afternoon.

Along with the scenery, watching for unusual signs was a fun pastime. You would find them on billboards, on church bulletin boards, or, at one time, the famous Burma Shave signs that adorned rural America's roads.

Fortunately, signs haven't gone away, although Sunday afternoon rides have just about been priced out of the business. The following are some offerings sent by a local reader. Hope you enjoy them.

Sign over a Gynecologist's Office:

Saturday, July 9, 2011

We are just a few weeks away from the impending debt ceiling limit. Our government has borrowed in excess of the debt limit and will have to raise the limit to continue operations after August 2, 2011. Many Republicans, including those newly elected by the Tea Party movement, have been thumping their chests and stating that they will hold the line and will not increase the debt ceiling. As we get closer to the deadline, I noticed several of them are wavering. To save face, many Republicans are now talking about a "mini-deal" to raise the debt ceiling over the short-term.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Most of us received a bonus this year when July 4th fell on a Monday. It gave us a long weekend. It was so good, in fact, that we wish Congress would consider making Independence Day a permanent Monday holiday, just like Memorial Day and Labor Day.

Aside to the woman reader who called my home last weekend and got my answering machine. Yes, I did know that there was a Twilight Zone Marathon on television over the July 4th weekend. And, yes, I did watch several episodes, between taking boat rides and cooking out on the grill.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

By CHRIS PARKER

cparker@tnonline.com