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This is my last column – at least for several months – and possibly my last column ever. It doesn’t seem possible that I’ve been writing For the Record for 14 years, but … more
On April 22, 1915, the German army became the first to use poison gas during World War I, when it launched a chlorine gas attack against French forces in Belgium. The result was that both sides used … more
The Democrats in Washington and their media buddies currently are experiencing mixed feelings. They are scared to death that Trump will be reelected because Joe Biden is so obviously senile. On … more
The Communist government of China – for months after the discovery of COVID-19 – allowed many thousands of residents of the Wuhan area of China to hop on planes headed all over the world. … more
In 1962 or 1963, President John F. Kennedy urged military officers to complete a 50-mile walk to show their physical preparedness. President Teddy Roosevelt had done the same thing early in the 20th … more
The media is doing its best to sell Covid19 as the worst thing to ever hit the planet. Why should we believe them? The fact is we shouldn’t. The media is not to be trusted. For the 22 … more
If you owned a business, and federal officials announced that the nation was going to be in lockdown for the next 12 to 18 months, what would you do? Would you go into panic mode? What if you … more
I feel the war on Covid19 is essentially over, if we can hang in there for a few more weeks. Humanity has won. We have suffered some casualties, but there will not be 2.4 million deaths in this … more
The COVID19 news is certainly not reassuring, but it’s not all bad either. To find the good news, however, it’s necessary to sometimes look carefully. Below are excerpts from a March … more
I don’t want anyone to misinterpret what I’m saying in this column. I’m not saying authorities are overreacting and I’m certainly not saying that people should not take … more
One million, expressed as a number, is 1,000,000 and has six zeroes. One billion, expressed as a number, is 1,000,000,000 and has nine zeroes. One trillion, expressed as a number is … more
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How bad are things going to get? I’m talking about both the coronavirus and the economy. The economy has been remarkably strong, but that will change as the virus forces more activities … more
U.S. Senator Tom Cotton, a Republican from Arkansas, went on television Sunday and suggested the coronavirus is a biological weapon manufactured by the Chinese government. It wasn’t long … more
Gas in Linn is hovering just above $2 a gallon, about half of the highs we’ve seen in recent years. Gas is relatively low at this time because there is an abundant worldwide supply, due to … more
The Washington Post this past weekend had a great story on the coronavirus. I cannot begin to overemphasize the importance of reading this story. While the story has one major shortcoming, in most … more
We are living in interesting times. Why would anyone read a novel, when current events are so exciting? There is so much going on, it’s tough to go into much detail. Here are some thoughts on … more
If someone accuses members of the media of creating fake news, they get terribly defensive and try to deny it, but what could be more obvious than the fact that most of our news is fake, to at least … more
Fifty years ago this past week – on Jan. 2, 1970, to be precise – Jerry and I purchased the Osage County Observer, one of three newspapers in Linn at that time.  The other two were … more
President Donald J. Trump was impeached last Wednesday by the U.S. House of Representatives.   The next morning – Thursday morning – many daily newspapers around the country ran … more
Kaleb Christian does a bang-up job of living up to his last name. When he rolls into a room, he lights it up with his smile and the smiles he puts on the faces of others. Unlike most of us, Kaleb … more
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