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Bud's Beat

Let me tell you from the get-go that I am not a fan of state initiatives or propositions. I usually vote against them. I do that to send the elected officials, the legislators, a m ...

Bud's Beat

Pat Jones would be celebrating her birthday this week. I remember her often, but especially this time of year. Pat was my editor of the Colfax Record in the 1970s. Her editing and ...

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It’s been a long time since I did any homework. I have to admit I wasn’t a fan of extra school work in my early academic career. Fortunately, it seems I paid attention in class ...

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Last week’s opus (April 16) was an introduction to the labor union movement in this country in the early 1930s. My parents’ generation fought hard and long to bring the movemen ...

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I can remember it vividly. The dark overcast sky, the row upon row of windows of the tall gray factory building. Leaping red and orange flames amid white puffs of smoke coming from ...

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It’s been 50 years, a half century, that I have been toiling in the newspaper business. Now, in the twilight of my years, I see my beloved avocation in dire straits. One newspape ...

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There is a lot of flak going around that Rush Limbaugh, the nation’s right-wing talk show host, has said that he hopes President Obama fails. Then the Republican National Committ ...

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It seems like yesterday, and yet it was a long time ago. As I recall, it was a hot August night way back in 1964. I sat at my kitchen table seeking some cool breeze from the partia ...

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It has been said, “Cheer up things could be worse. Sure enough I cheered up and things got worse.” That pretty much sums up where we are as a society. Two wars, deficit spendi ...

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A cold wind came up as I began my morning walk to get my daily fix. A hot cup of coffee to warm me and help me cope with the day ahead. Later that day, I checked for the phone numb ...