Scientific names could be simplified

Jim Lee Guess what? I’m confused. That’s no big surprise to anybody who has been reading this column awhile. What am I confused about this time? Well, I recently heard that humans and chimpanzees have been placed in the same genus. How in the world does anybody decide a thing like that? I’ve been accused [...]

Decoding phrases for the married man

Bob Huber You ladies undoubtedly want to go in the other room and talk about whatever it is you talk about when you get together, because we guys will be smoking cigars in here, talking football, and we’ll flat out bore you to death. Aw, don’t thank me. We’ll miss you. Have they gone? Can [...]

Being cheap can pay off in a big way

Helena Rodriguez You’ve heard the phrase, “A penny for your thoughts?” Well, cheapskates like me don’t even want to pay that much. We’d rather wait to see the printed version, assuming it’s free. I’m so cheap, I refused to buy an office planner late in the year because I couldn’t get 12-months use out of [...]

Help be a part of the bromhidrosis solution

Jim Lee I have been receiving a number of suggestions for topics lately. I really appreciate the input. After all, nobody has a patent on ideas. These suggestions have ranged from what to wear on Halloween to significant improvements for the community — and a whole lot of stuff in between. Of course Halloween was [...]

November has more history than you’d think

Bob Huber Today’s lesson: November history and science stuff. You’ve probably noticed lately that the days are entirely too short. A fellow barely gets out of bed before it’s supper, and it will be next April before it gets much better. We’ll probably have a cold winter too. But joyful thoughts aside, we should ponder [...]

Space missions should accomplish more for the money

Jim Lee I’m confused again. It seems the older I get the easier that happens. This time it’s really getting me spaced out. Well, I suppose I should simply say what’s on my beleaguered mind. OK, here it comes. I don’t understand why we risk the lives of astronauts just to make them ride circles [...]

It is time for filler-writers to get their reward

Bob Huber Back in the good old days of my misspent youth (When I became well known for asking President Lincoln’s wife, “Other than that, Ma’am, how was the opera?”) newspapers printed what were called “fillers.” Those were tiny one-liners that came in handy for linotype operators when they had to fill empty spaces. Most [...]

Lack of brew makes for a boring Oktoberfest

Jim Lee About three weeks ago I performed an experiment. I discovered that if I droop the end of the toilet paper roll into the bowl and push down the flush handle, the force of the swirling water will pull the paper off the roll. I didn’t check to see if the paper would go [...]

In a child’s adventure, dad ends up the hero

Bob Huber When Big War II broke out, every red-blooded American kid who believed in baseball, cowboys, and the American Way shouldered his Red Ryder BB gun in the relentless struggle against tyranny. The scenario involved the building of small forts hither and yon in the Colorado foothills so enemies of the free world could [...]

Don’t forget your pastors

Joan Clayton Pastors who respond to God’s call to ministry are special people. Clergy Appreciation Month, which is this month, is observed by affirming and encouraging our ministers. These spiritual leaders are gifts from God.  Pastors and their families live in a world that never stops.  Their workload is large and tedious. Many have other jobs [...]