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Celebrate no matter what

Celebrate no matter what

The ridiculousness of the faux-outrage in our media culture regarding the imagined war on Christmas, with people strangely taking offense at being wished happiness during a generally holiday-filled season, has led many to give up on the holiday altogether.

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The Plight After Christmas

The Plight After Christmas

(with apologies to Clement Clark Moore)

'Twas the plight after Christmas and all through the mall

Were the sounds of returning; "This thing is too small!"

"It fits like a stove pipe. It squeezes my head.

The button's too small, and the color's too red!"

Vouchers and gift cards appeared everywhere,

Uneasiness hung like a fog in the air.

The shoppers would not be denied their reward

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How to win at Secret Santa '14

How to win at Secret Santa '14

Each year, we like to offer you, the readers, ideas on how you can win your annual Secret Santa competition. F5 takes great pride in standing astride the forefront of Secret Santa technology and is fully committed to making sure that you and you alone are left standing when the Clausian masks are removed. Many, strangely, frustratingly, still do not see Secret Santa as a competition.

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A surtax might solve some budget woes

A surtax might solve some budget woes

It is a great day when you go out, drive past a convenience store or gas station and see that the price of gasoline is nearly a buck lower than it was just a few months ago. Since I retired and the Iron Horse Concert Hall in El Dorado closed, I don't use nearly as much gasoline as I used to. In fact, a tank of gas will last me two weeks or more now.

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Fatal fumes force furry flight

Fatal fumes force furry flight

Author's note: I write mostly made-up, ridiculous stuff — satire, etcetera. Truth, sometimes, is better than satire, as I found in trying to write a piece satirizing this actual event. So instead, I am going to present you with the news as it actually happened, mostly. I have added a couple of embellishments, which are (probably) not true, and they appear in italics.

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Will Republicans be taking aim at seniors?

Will Republicans be taking aim at seniors?

I am at a point in my life where I am dependent on government programs like Social Security, Medicare and KPERS for income and health care. I am not trying to freeload. I paid into for over 30 to 50 years. Now I am on the receiving end. The Brownback administration and the national Republican establishment does not like these programs. They recommend major changes, none of which seem to brighten my future.

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Black Friday? Bah! Humbug!

Black Friday? Bah! Humbug!

There is a new neighbor on our block. In fact, he lives right next door to me. I haven't met him yet, though I keep meaning to go over and get acquainted. I'll get around to it one of these days, most likely when we're both out in the yard. Come to think of it, that may be next spring. Well, anyway…

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