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Opinion - Columns

  • Columns | October 08, 2013

    It was an honor and a pleasure

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    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,

  • Columns | October 04, 2013

    Individuals and organizations must be stewards of outdoors

    America’s hunters and anglers know firsthand the importance of being good stewards of our natural resources. Whether it is casting a fly over an Appalachian Brook Trout, struggling up a mountain side for a brief encounter with a grouse or driving to the coast

  • Columns | October 02, 2013

    Cameron: An evening conversation

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    Is there such a thing as “neighbor etiquette”? And if there are general rules for getting along with folks living nearby, are they different for apartment dwellers? See, I’m living in an apartment complex for the first time in quite a few years. Everyone

  • Columns | September 30, 2013

    Cameron: an evening conversation

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    Yes, I’m a little nervous, and thanks for asking. If you’ve seen any of the announcements tucked away at various places in the paper, you might have noticed that eventually I was going to step in as executive editor of the Mercury. It

  • Columns | September 29, 2013

    Russian ships ‘show the flag’

    It is amazing how the media ca blow things out of proportion, especially in a crisis. This is what happened as events in Syria were becoming more and more serious and dangerous. Take, for example, the Russian Navy. As events began to heat up in

  • Columns | September 27, 2013

    Cameron: an evening conversation

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    Perhaps you noticed a story this week about the Jarbeaux House, that historic little structure at Fourth and Bluemont. City officials are puzzled about what to do with the place. So I have a suggestion. How about turning it into a mini-hospital — you know, kind


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