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My love affair with old song lyrics knows no bounds. My empathy for those too young to have ever tapped toes to a Guess Who beat is limitless. If I can help in some small way, then as Simon and Garfunkel offered, “Like a bridge over troubled waters, I will lay me down.”

Suppose an armed gang of Paiute Indians took over the Malheur Wildlife Refuge in Oregon and demanded that ownership of the refuge be returned to them. How would the government react?

This business of getting old has a number of drawbacks.

One of those drawbacks is that more and more of the obituaries you see feature familiar names. That happened to me again Saturday when I read of the death of Kenny Sailors.

Iowa is constantly on national news during presidential campaign season, but what’s shown on national news is not a very good representation of what’s happening from the locals’ perspective.

We’re entering 2016 with a bit more trepidation than is usual when a new year rolls around.

MY LOUSY WORLD: The Bonehead Hall of Fame

favorite Simpsons character is Sideshow Bob, a cerebral, spike-haired convict obsessed with killing Bart for sending him to prison. Sideshow has a recurring habit of stepping on rakes with the handles smacking him in the face. Once at a rake factory, he must have stepped on 20 in succession, muttering under his breath each time.

It’s the end of 2015, the year the classic film “Back to the Future 2” took place is now completely in the past.

So now what?

Christmas songs, stories, movies, and TV specials often depict amazing situations and call them “Christmas miracles.” But, those “miracles” aren’t always works of fiction — sometimes they are just as real as the reason for the season. 

I’ve often said that the best part of Christmas is music.

Exactly 30 years ago last Sunday, I was privileged to do something I had always wanted to do, but never thought I would have the opportunity.

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