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You wouldn’t think it would be such a big deal to me, but riding my bicycle from home to the elementary school was certainly rewarding.  I am an avid cycler on flat ground but hills remind … more
It never seems to change, and I always seem to forget. Now that school is out for the summer, I seem to have more time on my hands than I thought I would have. That did not seem to last very … more
Curt Hineline Editor The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is … more
Fun. I have always had the understanding that fun was something that a person didn’t have to learn. If someone was forcing you to have fun a certain way then they were in the wrong. But now … more
How was your Memorial Day weekend?  For many in Oakland it was filled with alumni activities and the annual Memorial Day Service in the cemetery and Veterans BBQ.  For me, it was an … more
I was having a conversation with my son the other day. I asked him why he has been so down on himself lately. He looked at me like he had no idea what I was talking about. I gave him some … more
Panic.  I felt it.  I could see it on the faces of those who felt it on my behalf.  Panic is really the only way to describe the situation.  Unless of course, you can find the … more
Anyone that has read my column before knows that my family and I are really into camping. And this last weekend we started off the season like we do every year, with our annual pilgrimage to … more
I know everyone has had this same problem. No matter how much time you think you have, it never seems like enough. It never fails for me. The moment I think I have all my things planned out and I … more
I don’t think anyone can dispute the fact that video games are a staple in most households in today’s world. When I was a kid my son’s age, home video games were a rich … more
There is no doubt that the cost of living continues to climb.  While incomes don’t always meet those increases, many households have resorted to working multiple jobs to try and make ends … more
I have decided I am going to give up being the newspaper correspondent for Decatur.  We won't be around much this summer, so it will be hard to do a good job getting things in the paper.  … more
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