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I’ll take the third - By Daniel Riordan

September 28, 2012

This year is of firsts for me.
I started a new job. My first as a managing editor of a newspaper.
This will be the first time I vote in a presidential election as a Plymouth resident.
And this is the first time I’m going to vote for a third-party candidate: Gary Johnson.
I should start by saying what led me to this point.
Last week, I would have probably voted for President Obama. I voted for him in 2008. This vote in 2012 would have been a “lesser of two lessers” sort of vote.
I have been utterly disappointed by Obama’s administration.

It’s a matter of trust — Part 2 by Angel Perkins

September 25, 2012

As you get older, your faith in mankind is further fractured. You hear false statements: “You might feel a little pinch,” “No, not a problem at all,” “I’m sure she wouldn’t mind,” “I’ll get that to you right away,” and “everything included.” Often your first heartbreak is felt after someone says, “I’m sorry,” which makes you wonder why they would say that because if they really were, they probably wouldn’t have done it to begin with. My oldest daughter lost her faith in me forever because of a lie I told her to protect her.

The 47 percent fallacy - By Daniel Riordan

September 21, 2012

This was not a good week for Mitt Romney.
Polls show he is trailing in three key swing states: Ohio, Florida and Virginia.
Romney can afford to lose Virginia. But the way the electoral map shakes out, if he can’t win in Florida, President Barack Obama will be in the White House for four more years.
Along with polling, a video released by Mother Jones this week has the Romney camp in defense mode.
In a speech in May to some fat cat donors in Boca Raton, Fla., Romney said that the people who vote for Obama, 47 percent, don’t pay any income taxes and have a sense of entitlement.

It’s a matter of trust — Part 1 by Angel Perkins

September 18, 2012

You can’t always trust what others say. You learn that as a child when all adults are literally worshiped because they are entirely relied upon for food, shelter, comfort and protection.
I trusted my Aunt Pete as a child but found it hard to believe when she told me that spoonful of medicine was going to make me feel better, when seconds later it felt like strawberry gasoline trickling down my throat. You blindly trust and believe your adults, your leaders and masters (aka family, baby-sitters and teachers) because they are the ones with all the knowledge.

The sad demise of a lifelong guide by Angel Perkins

September 18, 2012

If you can remember sitting on your grandparents’ living room floor and watching Lawrence Welk for “like the 10,000 time” while you tried to stay awake ... you are old like me.

It’s that time again: picking the lesser evil by Angel Perkins

September 10, 2012

Well, it’s that time again. No, I don’t mean the time to start choosing seasonal items of clothing from your “closet” boxes or bins. No, not the time to get into the swing of school or not having the kids at home. I don’t even mean the time for closing up the beaches or to “fall back” with our clocks.

Find the path of least resistance — Part 2

August 29, 2012

The following is the conclusion of a two-part column.

Find the path of least resistance Part 2 by Angel Perkins

August 22, 2012

This is part one of a three-part column intended to help my readers to tend to their business in an effective and timely manner.

Writer and motivational lecturer Napoleon Hill was quoted as saying, “The past of least resistance makes all rivers, and some men, crooked.” True.
H.G. Wells, known by many as the “father of science fiction” also looked at the easier way of doing this as a negative by saying, “The path of least resistance is the path of the loser.” Mmmmm. Not always.

Do you suffer from ‘Daddy’s little hero’ syndrome? by Angel Perkins

August 19, 2012

A similar column to this one ran years ago in the Bourbon News-Mirror. In the last couple years I have been asked to reprint it by several parents, and because I can’t find the original, I looked for it and I think this (a rough draft found on my home computer) is pretty close to it.

In large school districts sports teams are made up of the very best of the best, the cream of the crop; it’s survival of the fittest. Just as many will go home with their tail between their legs as there will be those that will be fitted for uniforms.

What is there not to get? Part 2 by Angel Perkins

August 10, 2012

Another “what-is-there-not-to-get” scenario that I encounter regularly is one regarding waiting. As small children, unless we somehow managed to live without any human contact whatsoever, we have been taught to take turns. It is logical, common sense, fair. There may be emergency situation exceptions, like a pregnant woman waiting in line for a stall in a restroom or a person bleeding profusely in an emergency room lobby. Other than those and similar circumstances, there is no good reason to “cut” in line.

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