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Remembering Jim Appelgate

Jim Appelgate passed away around the Thanksgiving holiday, after a fight with pancreatic cancer.

It’s all about our holiday traditions

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. And a large part of what makes it so goldarn fabulous is the festive array of idiosyncratic traditions each family imprints on their holiday gene map like a candy cane tattoo on the soft flesh behind your knee.

Do you see what I see at Christmas?

What is it about Christmas that stirs hope in the hearts of even the most cynical?

Merriment, generosity define Christmas

“I don’t know why so many people get so bent out of shape at this time every year. I thought we were supposed to be merry.”

Last-minute gift-giving

Christmas is just a couple of days away, which means it’s time for last-minute gift-giving and well-wishing.

Wishing you a Merry Christmas

What do you say in this day and age of political correctness run amuck? Merry Christmas. Happy Hannukah. Happy holidays. Season’s greetings. Happy Festivus.

Discover Pass takes access away

The state is renewing its push to require outdoor recreationalists to purchase a Discover Pass.

Two sides of a coin

As a member of the Sunnyside Arts Commission, it was an honor to help design the challenge coin the city bestows on residents.

Star Wars Part VII: The Farce Awakens

Ah, time — it travels faster than the Millennium Falcon.

Wreaths of remembrance

One of my (many) favorite scenes in A Christmas Story is when Ralphie and his family are downtown for a community parade. There’s something cozy about that scene.

Back off pay-by-mile tax plan

At 55.9 cents per gallon, our state already has one of the highest gas taxes in the nation. It’s even more expensive if you drive a diesel here, where the per-gallon tax is 61.9 cents.

Civil discourse needed on terror threat

Last week was an ugly day for civil discourse.

Top comedic news stories

Be still your beating hearts, because the agonizing wait is over. Wake the kids. Rake the leaves. Fake speaking in tongues.

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Gun control won’t fix this

The day before Thanksgiving, President Obama assured Americans all was well and he knew “of no specific and credible intelligence indicating a plot on the homeland” based “… on the latest information I just received in the Situation Room.”