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Recently there have been proposals to replace Columbus Day with Juneteenth, the 19th of June, when General George Granger announced in Galveston, 1865, that all the slaves in Texas were free.

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Years ago in grad school apropos of something I can’t recall, I said something that cast a pall of gloom over the class.

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Thales. Thales Latimer Secrest. “Tom” Secrest was my friend for 30 years, yet somehow I never knew his given name. Good thing, too, because I would’ve called him Latimer. He’d have hated it, but he would have grinned because he appreciated cruel humor — even at his expense. Such was the natu…

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I am not ready to hit the panic button just yet but if we do not get some moisture soon I fear for what the rest of the growing season will be like for a majority of Richland County. Of course, since I write this early in the week by the time this article is published we could have already r…

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As I was making lasagna in the kitchen for a late supper, I could hear Dylan and India’s boisterous laughter from the patio. It had been a good day. Dylan had planted the two pear trees he brought me for Father’s Day. India transplanted cuttings from houseplants to take back to college while…

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As of the time of this writing there are still riots going on and the coronavirus emergency is still with us. But I think (hope) that the end of both are coming soon enough, if only because we do have to get on with our lives and can’t keep this up much longer.

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By December 31, 2021, every licensed private pesticide applicator in region 4 (which includes Richland County) will have to obtain 6 continuing education credits in order to be able to renew his or her pesticide license. While this date is still a year and a half away, there are always peopl…

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I was mowing in the backyard a couple of weeks ago — better described as haying — when a mourning dove flopped out of the tall grass ahead. At first, I figured it was a mother feigning injury to lead me away from a nest. Any child of the prairie has seen that maneuver.

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Well the craziness has gotten real… well crazy. There are calls to abolish the police, which has always been a thing among a tiny minority of left anarchists (right anarchism is a thing too, btw). But now it’s actually being considered by politicians in positions to do so in their communities.

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I recently had the opportunity to visit with a couple of Extension Agents from the south and west of Richland County. As Extension Agents normally do, we were commiserating about issues our clientele are dealing with. One of the problems that both of them said were becoming a nuisance in the…

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We are at a good place in history, and we are at that good place because we are facing adversity together. It is sad to think that many had to die to spur us to action, but good times don’t seem to move us forward as a people; bad times do.

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I was a hundred yards down the gravel road to my home, heading back to my computer to wrestle a deadline, when I braked to a stop. There was nothing there that couldn’t wait. India was at play practice. A pug snoozed in his kennel. A black cat sat in a chair by the window eyeing sparrows wit…

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As I quite frequently do, I am going to take this opportunity to discuss two different subjects and somehow meld them together to make one article. Although I’m primarily doing it as a means to get one whole article, my hope always is that it speaks to the breadth and variety of programming …

As the torrent of current events carries us as a society downstream, it’s easy to forget that life at home goes on. And sometimes almost doesn’t.

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Recently, the herbicide Roundup has been in the news for all of the wrong reasons. I could probably write an entire year’s worth of articles on the legitimacy of those reasons but I’ll take the high road on that issue. If you want more clarification about these lawsuits, you are welcome to g…

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I was mowing for the first time this season, headphones on, iTunes on shuffle, when John Lennon’s “Beautiful Boy” began to play, and it drew me back to Dylan’s birth in 1996. “Mr Holland’s Opus” had been released the year before, a poignant film about a father-son relationship in which the s…