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 My dad worked in underground coal mines for about 35 years. He retired and was done with that part of his life. He never sighed that he missed the good old coal mine. 

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Our lives are the summation of our decisions. We can decide to go forward. We can decide to stay the same. We can decide to make critical decisions that can make our lives better, healthier and more meaningful. Often, the worst decision is to make no decision at all.

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Terrorists proved on September 11, 2001 that guns are not necessary to kill 2,753 people. Timothy McVeigh proved that a truck load of explosives can kill 168 people and injure 680 while destroying one third of building and damaging many others in Oklahoma City. 

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Americans have grieved over the senseless murders of 31 people recently gunned down in an El Paso, Texas Walmart and a Dayton, Ohio nightclub. People were out living the American dream, shopping and having a night of fun. They were just living their lives.

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Medical insurance and healthcare continues to be a main topic of American conversations.

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Americans should be able to draw 100 percent of their Social Security benefits at age 65 but they can’t.

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We have watched corporations and famous Americans have ups and downs throughout the years.

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 The Fourth of July is here and all Americans hopefully will embrace the day without fear, with total liberation and the American spirit.

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Recently a Denver couple received a scam phone call from a man who told them he had kidnapped their daughter. The man was very convincing that their daughter was in his possession. In the background they heard a woman’s voice begging for help.

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Everyone looks forward to graduation. For the high school senior, it seemed like the day would never come. The college graduate breathes a sigh of relief that several years of hard work have finally passed.

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Hate showed its ugly face again last Saturday at Congregation Chabad in Poway, California, a community about 22 miles north of San Diego. Suspect John Earnest, a 19-year-old student at California State University San Marcus, wearing sunglasses, pointed his automatic rifle at Rabbi Yisroel Go…

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Eight hundred people were either killed or injured by a terrorist group last weekend in Sri Lanka. A holy weekend and place of worship became a grisly, heinous massive murder scene.

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Joe Biden has received bad publicity lately. Several women have stepped forward saying the former Vice President of the United States hugged them too long or made them feel uncomfortable when he touched them. 

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Recently, the legislature’s Labor Committee moved several bills forward that would increase the state’s minimum wage from the current $10.10 an hour to $15 per hour by 2022 or 2023.

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People around the world dream of coming to America and having a better life. Since our founding as a nation, millions have come here and found a better life than they left behind. 

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Federal employees working without pay have recently been admonished.

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Between 1948 and 2011 the United States gave Egypt $71.6 billion in bilateral military and economic aid.

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Having just completed my 16th year as a Connecticut probate judge, I’ve noticed an increase in litigation against fiduciaries; several of these have resulted in criminal prosecution of the guilty parties.

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WATERTOWN — Between the days of November 19 and 26, the Watertown Police participated in the annual Click It or Ticket high-visibility seat belt enforcement campaign, successfully bringing awareness to area residents and writing 32 citations for seat belt violations in the process.

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Words can heal or words can kill. Words can build up or tear down. They can make people glad or make people mad.

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Over the last several months, I have been asking the question, “who is Watertown?” Throughout this period, I visited about 75 percent of classrooms across the district. In addition to multiple meetings with board members, administrators and central office staff, I met with groups of teachers…

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In recent years I’ve watched good friends walk the valley of battling cancer. Somewhat slowly they went through the process of fighting for their lives. Finally, one day it was over and they died.

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My doctor sent me for a CT scan after I went in to have a couple of lumps in my throat checked out. The lumps were never verified as being anything more than my spit glands. They just felt odd so I wanted them checked out.

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President Donald Trump came through Evansville, Ind., like a roaring locomotive recently, August 30, to be exact. If he had landed on the platform wearing a Superman outfit and cape I would not have been surprised. To the approximate 15,000 cheering fans he might as well have been Superman, …

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I started out thumping on a mandolin and then a guitar when I was a child. My brother had a mandolin and so I learned a few chords and then eventually learned a few chords on a guitar.

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President John F. Kennedy once said, “Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.” Leaders never stop learning and are always looking for the next opportunity for professional development.

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As a probate judge, I spend more courtroom time on conservatorships than all other matters put together. In a conservatorship, someone’s rights to make decisions for themselves are taken away and given to another person – usually, but not always, a family member.