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  • Columns | October 15, 2013

    An evening conversation: Still life

    Ned seaton

    Government shutdown got you down? Debt limit politics raising your blood pressure? I’ve got a suggestion: Head to Bishop Stadium at CiCo Park and catch a ballgame. It’s like walking into a Norman Rockwell painting. You’ll feel better. I’ve been to

  • Columns | October 14, 2013

    An evening conversation: Cheers, Toto!

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    Sure, we’re a day late, but let’s raise a glass to Dorothy, her lovable pooch and even that ghastly witch. Happy anniversary, gang! It was 75 years ago Sunday that shooting began on “The Wizard of Oz,” and it’s safe to say that

  • Columns | October 13, 2013

    Talks with Iran are important for all parties

    President Barack Obama’s discussions with Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani — the first direct contact between Iran and the United States since 1979 — can be seen either as an opening for diplomatic progress or as simply more stalling tactics. In any case, they are of more

  • Columns | October 11, 2013

    An evening conversation: week or weak?

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    There are weeks. And then there are weeks that seem so odd, bizarre, surprising, strange, exciting, discouraging, or all of the above…that all you can do is blink your eyes and say… Call me on Saturday. EXHIBIT 1: I was really, really close to catching

  • Columns | October 09, 2013

    An evening conversation: Stop whining

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    It happens every time. Mention one of Lewis Grizzard’s famously crazy book titles and it’s a gold-plated guarantee that some kind of wacky discussion will break out. I opened that door in Monday’s Mercury, making a passing reference to Grizzard’s book, “

  • Columns | October 08, 2013

    It was an honor and a pleasure

    Rod mikinski

    Rod Mikinski Contributing Writer If a picture is worth a thousand words, then my tenure at the Mercury is a novel of excitement and great joy. I am guessing that I have taken more than 10,000 photographs for the newspaper, each time creating a solid connection

  • Columns | October 07, 2013

    An evening conversation: To err is…

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    Everyone makes mistakes. And yes, no matter how much effort and care we throw into our work, that includes us here at the Mercury. Despite all the recent advances in technology, the paper ultimately is in the hands of human beings – which means that we

  • Columns | October 07, 2013

    Lands of Oz are worlds apart

    A month ago, voters in Australia, that other Oz, overwhelmingly elected a conservative government, the Coali-tion of Liberal (trust me) and National parties. Within a week the defeated Labor Party had handed over the reins of government, regrouping to fight another day. After spending five

  • Columns | October 06, 2013

    Merkel shows she’s in charge in Europe

    After watching Russian President Vladimir Putin take charge of the Syrian affair, it is worth noting that he has met his match in German Chancellor Angela Merkel. She and her party defeated other parties in a presidential election September 22. Germany has a multi-party system, and

  • Columns | October 04, 2013

    An evening conversation: Tweet, tweet

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    Are you hooked on Twitter yet? There are hundreds of people I know, or with whom I regularly communicate, who basically live on Twitter. They “tweet” news, or comment on it. They tweet thoughts, opinions and everything else under the sun. And to be fair,


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