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Sunday, January 22, 2017

The weekly columnists in The Free Press are a great source of news and opinion - both local and global. Click on one below to start your journey.

  • The last few weeks or so, I’ve been recovering from a bad virus. Initially, I assumed it was just a delayed reaction to the realization that Donald Trump was soon to be president. As someone commented to me a few days ago . . .
  • We Americans are not a servile people. We did not, this last November, anoint a new master, some deus ex machina to descend into our midst to rule us, or bless us, to determine our passive fate by scribbling it on the back of a . . .
  • When Rep. John Lewis (D-Georgia) said he did not regard the Trump presidency as “legitimate,” Trump quickly tweeted his denunciations. We should get straight the difference between “legitimate” and “legal,” as it is likely to be a twitter war. . . .
  • Along with half a million other columnists I have made offhand mention this month of the national silliness of resolutions, New Years’ type, one each, size large. As we are continuously hustled on television by a diet industry and by . . .
  • The Way Rice Should Be: Thunder Tea
    On our most recent trip back to Taiwan last year, one of our prime objectives was to visit a Hakka village just south of Taipei in Hsinchu to sample some unique cuisine. Hakka are a Chinese ethnic group originally from the southeast coast . . .
  • Being cold is such a big concern for humans that we have created the word “cold” with our languages to represent the concept. We all have a very clear idea of what is meant by cold. However, if you look into the science, you will find . . .
  • Q: I don’t get how my kids can be so different from me and my husband. Well, one of our boys is a bit like my husband, but the other two (boy and girl) have personalities that are totally different. I get frustrated, and pretty angry at times. . . .
  • Whether it’s post-holiday letdown or a response to temperatures fluctuating from 50 degrees in the morning to zero by midnight, flu and colds, sniffles and sneezes assail us from all sides. As the best defense against winter’s germy . . .
  • My eyes are misbehaving. The morning starts clear and sharp but by mid-afternoon the computer screen grows hazy. The words in the book I’m reading begin to blur. I rub my malfunctioning orbs to clear the film that seems to coat them . . .
  • Faces of Our Homeless: Cindy & Rob
    “They call it a double-wide but walk around and there is nothing double-wide about it. It’s a beautiful house,” Rob says, as he and Cindy lead a visitor through the mud, past the yellow construction tape, and up the temporary . . .
  • I doubt my canoeing companion would have so readily shared a prime fiddlehead location if it hadn’t taken three days to get there. In a swamp where the skunk cabbage was in full leaf and . . .
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