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Never in the history of the written word has a man--or a woman, for that matter--come to the moment of creation in a state of less preparedness than I find myself in tonight. There are evenings when the words materialize on the screen of this handy little Chromebook as if by their own accord…

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This photo of Springs Corners in Sayre shows Elm Cottage at the west end of the Milltown Bridge which was constructed in 1903 and replaced in 1983.

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Shells of cartridges of .45 caliber from which bullets had been fired by an automatic pistol in an attempt to assassinate Dr. Joseph E. Mandeville, candidate for tax collector for Sayre, were found the morning of November 5, 1921, at the “Murder Spot,” a place almost ideally situated for the…

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Today is Thursday, Oct. 21, the 294th day of 2021. There are 71 days left in the year.

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As the nation’s political press obsess over the fate of the administration’s Build Back Better proposal, nothing less than the ultimate success or failure of Joe Biden’s presidency is said to be at stake. And yet here’s the great paradox: Taken separately, the elements of the Democrats’ soci…

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Here is where the Old Contrarian (me) seeks to diminish the importance of what Old Yeller (not the 1956 children’s book, but the 45th president of the United States) did the other day by traveling to Iowa and proclaiming that the 2020 election was “rigged” and that Washington Democrats are t…

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Why do we call it a restroom? Do you--does anyone--ever go in there just for a nice rest? Personally, I go in there for a wide variety of reasons, but never, not once, have I said to myself, “I need a nice quiet rest, maybe even a power nap, I think I’ll go sit on the toilet for an hour or s…

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Today is Thursday, Oct. 14, the 287th day of 2021. There are 78 days left in the year.