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Congress is debating emergency humanitarian aid to care for migrants on the U.S.-Mexico border. The need is obvious. With virtually no barrier to stop them, thousands of migrants are crossing illegally into the United States every day. More than a million will come this year. U.S. law preven…

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Today is Wednesday, June 26, the 177th day of 2019. There are 188 days left in the year.

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Do you suppose it’s possible that deep in the Stygian recesses of his mind, President Trump actually wants to be impeached? And for pretty much the same reasons that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi continues to resist the idea. Think about it: a months-long, nationally televised political extrava…

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Today is Tuesday, June 25, the 176th day of 2019. There are 189 days left in the year.

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As teens, Annie and I used to watch re-runs of Rod Serling’s, the Twilight Zone. The episodes always had some random, weird happening; fading out with no explanation to that unforgettable music. A few years ago I took a job and felt like I worked in the Twilight Zone for about a month.

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Today is Monday, June 24, the 175th day of 2019. There are 190 days left in the year.

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April 4, 1953 is noteworthy for a couple of reasons. First, and possibly only runner up in the noteworthy category, it was the day after my father’s fortieth birthday. I, myself, was five and a half weeks short of my sixth birthday, not that that has any bearing on the story to follow, but i…

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Today is Saturday, June 22, the 173rd day of 2019. There are 192 days left in the year.

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True, polls have very limited value at this stage of a presidential campaign. Yes, Democrats are far from choosing their nominee to oppose President Trump. Of course, a great deal can change between now and Election Day.

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Today is Friday, June 21, the 172nd day of 2019. There are 193 days left in the year. Summer begins at 11:54 a.m. Eastern time.

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Today is Thursday, June 20, the 171st day of 2019. There are 194 days left in the year.

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Is there any doubt that many Democrats agree with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi when she says she wants to see President Trump “in prison”? After the Mueller report, House Democrats seem to believe almost unanimously that the president is guilty of obstruction of justice. Their increasingly hea…

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Today is Wednesday, June 19, the 170th day of 2019. There are 195 days left in the year.

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This 18-ton Elmira, New York, manufactured American LaFrance fire truck was delivered to Engine Company No. 1 of the Sayre Fire Department in the summer of 1966, supplementing the other fire trucks used to provide fire protection for the town. The fire truck it replaced had been in service i…

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Today is Tuesday, June 18, the 169th day of 2019. There are 196 days left in the year.

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I just got back from an hour-and-a-half drive to the big city to pick up a few things at the mall that I couldn’t get delivered from Amazon. It was noon, and the giant parking lot was nearly empty.

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Today is Monday, June 17, the 168th day of 2019. There are 197 days left in the year.

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There are moments in the long history of humankind that simply leap out of the darkness and the mists of our shared journey through the ages, moments that declare for all time the brilliance, the creative genius of our species. The pyramids of Egypt, the wheel, the Parthenon, the great cathe…

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Today is Saturday, June 15, the 166th day of 2019. There are 199 days left in the year.

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President Trump has declared victory in his confrontation with Mexico. After he threatened to impose crippling tariffs on $350 billion worth of goods Mexico exports annually to the U.S., that country’s leaders agreed to measures aimed at impeding asylum-seekers from Central America that flow…

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Today is Friday, June 14, the 165th day of 2019. There are 200 days left in the year. This is Flag Day.

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Sayre Theater where charity moving pictures shows were held for the Emergency Relief Fund

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Last week my article was on a baseball game sponsored by the Sayre Emergency Relief Fund in 1932. The fund is just one instance of how the great depression that began in 1929 was felt in Sayre and the Valley and how the residents of that time responded to the needs of the people. I have rese…

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Today is Thursday, June 13, the 164th day of 2019. There are 201 days left in the year.

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One of the more unfortunate effects of the Trump-Russia investigation — and there have been many — is the weakening of traditional standards of argument and proof in the public debate over allegations that the Trump campaign conspired with Russia to fix the 2016 election. (Just for the recor…

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Today is Wednesday, June 12, the 163rd day of 2019. There are 202 days left in the year.

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You probably missed it, because some of the major papers missed its significance, too: the death of former U.S. Rep. Don Fraser. In fact, you may never have heard of Fraser, who also served a record four terms as mayor of Minneapolis. But he shaped the politics of the last half-century of Am…

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Today is Tuesday, June 11, the 162nd day of 2019. There are 203 days left in the year.

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During my school days, I used to enjoy taking standardized tests the way some people like doing crossword puzzles. To me, they were more rewarding than most of what went on at school. As an avid reader and an indifferent student, tests like the SAT were made for somebody like me — a bookworm…

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Today is Monday, June 10, the 161st day of 2019. There are 204 days left in the year.

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There are Springtime rituals—semi-annual rituals, actually because they need doing in the Fall of the year as well—that I harbor a deep and abiding loathing for. Among those items, and very high on the list of most detested, is the cleaning of the rain gutters. Five years and about one full …