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 .
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 .
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 .
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 .
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 .
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 .
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 .
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 .
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 .
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 .
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 .
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 .
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