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Another One From Flaherty: Sam moves in and there goes the neighborhood


Fri, May 30th, 2003
Posted in Columnists

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was a time of light, it was a time of darkness when Sam entered upon the scene. He was a young dog less than a year old when he came from nowhere to make his home with us. When I took him to the Vet for whatever shots that he might need, the Vet told me that he had never, in his thirty years of practice, seen an animal like him. In his opinion, Sam was a breed the world had never seen and was quite possibly not ready for. As far as he could determine, Sam was a multi-cross, part Rottweiler, Norwegian Elk Hound, German Shepherd and who knew what else.

Over the past few years Sam has become well known around the country side and there are a number of the locals that would just as soon that Sam stayed home and not pay them any more social calls. If Sam has any faults, and I donít say that he does, itís that he has a fondness for people, places, and things other than his own. I suspect that Sam finds things before anyone realizes that certain things are missing.

Sam made friends with a dog that lives a mile or two down the road from us and the two of them spent a great deal of time together until I got a call from an irate woman complaining that Sam was a bad influence on her dog, Ralph. She said that Sam had taught Ralph how to tip over garbage cans and scatter the contents around the area and if that was not bad enough they stole the clothes off from clotheslines. She said that thanks to Sam, she was forced to place Ralph into an undisclosed location where he entered a rehab program.

I mentioned that Sam had a proclivity for finding things before they were deemed missing. In one weekís time, he had deposited on our porch: a pair of womenís shoes, a baseball glove, a box of Kleenex, two light bulbs, an umbrella, a pair of suspenders, and a dozen eggs. Strangely enough, none of the above thefts had been reported to the authorities, but as I have mentioned, Sam has a knack for finding things before certain things are missing. Now, since Sam is confined to his dog house at night, these crimes against the un-suspecting had to be carried out in broad daylight and without any witnesses.

Realizing that this behavior could not and must not continue I first enrolled Sam in an obedience class, but he managed to get kicked out the very first day. In desperation, I consulted with the Vet and he suggested that it might be benefici .....
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Township Roads: It's Eleanor's Fault

Fri, May 30th, 2003
Posted in Columnists

Sheep grazed the lawn of the White House until well into the FDR administration. I suspect it was Eleanor who decided that it was time to get rid of the livestock. That set a bad precedent for lawns and the mowing that inevitably followed. If sheep s ..... 
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Journal Writing Project: Jamie Rose Howe

Fri, May 23rd, 2003
Posted in Columnists

Last night when I was driving home from my graduation party, alone in the dark, I could only see a few hundred feet in front of my car. I couldnít see the turns up ahead, or the hill I have to climb, or the deer, or the large crack in the road. I the ..... 
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Fourth Annual Bluff Country Bird Festival

Fri, May 23rd, 2003
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Have you ever wished for the excitement of seeing something again for the first time? That's how I feel about the migrating warblers, small colorful songbirds that flit about in the trees eating insects. A friend of mine calls them "flying works of a ..... 
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Another View: Farmers need to be active in 'Wall Street' government

Fri, May 23rd, 2003
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In today's economy, farmers need to be involved in two governments: our regular, civic government; and a second "economic or Wall Street" government.

For generations, farmers have looked to the government to help solve their in ..... 
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Journal Writing Project: Kyle Anderson

Fri, May 16th, 2003
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By Kyle Anderson  Whatever happened this year,   Is now in the past,   Fond, happy memories,   That hopefully will last.

The su ..... 
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The Commute: Crossing the finishing line

Fri, May 16th, 2003
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At a faculty meeting last week, one of our senior department members announced a small bit of good news regarding the budget. Maybe it was the end-of-semester stress, but for whatever reason, the rest of us responded by applauding him enthusiasticall ..... 
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