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Columns

  • What a waste of paper: It's time to get serious about conserving, recycyling

     This week I walked out of a store with a receipt 15" long. On the top 3" was printed the name of the store, the date, and my one purchase; the bottom 12" contained ads and God knows what. 

  • On vacation with Mr. Wiley and baloney

     My wife Cindy couldn't go down to our annual pilgrimage to Dollywood with the kids several years back due to a new job. I warned her how lonely it would be in the house all by herself for five days. Her smile just seemed to get bigger.

  • Trump tearing down walls, too

     While a central promise of President Trump’s campaign is coming to fruition in the construction of a barrier addressing illegal immigration along America’s porous border with Mexico, it was inspiring to join the commander-in-chief on Monday as he promoted tearing down imaginary walls between strong economies and safe environments. 

  • New editor looking forward to becoming part of Springfield

     For a week now, I have been at the helm of the Sun. It has been a whirlwind of activity learning the ins and outs of how the paper operates, getting to know people in the community, and getting two editions out—on time. And I’ve loved every minute.

  • When evaluating the economy, it's a numbers game

     I’ve always considered myself a bit of a numbers guy. I like to look at hard facts and figures in order to analyze various topics and generate an opinion on such. There are countless data sets and regularly tracked statistics, demographics and other workforce measures that are used in economic development to tell the story of a community and its local economy.

  • Farmers are bullied by tariffs; we need to beef up exports and curb cheap imports

     Farmers are a key ingredient in the rural economy but might soon become an extinct breed. Both US tariffs and retaliatory tariffs are placing farmers between a rock and a hard wall in an already compromised situation, due to severe impact from climate change.

  • What are we remembering on this Memorial Day?

    It is unfortunate that Memorial Day has become confused in the minds of many Americans.

    Then again, perhaps our collective amnesia in that regard is not an entirely bad thing.

  • Bus passengers: Enjoy the trip

    “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”
    Joshua Chapter 1 Verse 9

    Life sometimes reminds me of a bus. People are getting on and off the bus at every stop.

    My dad died March 2 of this year. Don’t be sad for me. Dad had a good long ride on the bus at the age of 92. That doesn’t mean that the ride wasn’t pretty scary, hard and heartbreaking at times.

  • We’re in urgent need of another John Muir

    By Sister Joel Gubler
    Sun guest columnist

    Several years ago while attending a conference in San Francisco, some friends and I took off one afternoon and headed north of the city to locate the famous Muir Woods, and to walk among its ancient giant sequoias.

    Not long after that, I read a story of a couple who had just hiked 1,000 miles along one of John Muir’s nature trails.

  • Do your homework before voting

    By James Best
    Guest columnist

    Remember when the news gave us the bare facts — no opinion, spin or political slant? Think about it, many younger folks have never seen news in an unbiased format! It is not only how the story is presented, but also what they choose to report (or avoid) to fit their agenda.