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A few weeks ago, we had a conversation about smart phones and the long list of tasks they perform. One of those tasks is at the top of the list for TV stations looking for a way to lock in viewers day and night.

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Eighteen years ago I arrived on the campus of Indiana University for my first semester of college. 

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As a youngster, I considered the U.S. to be a safe and secure country. However, in my twenties, I came to the realization that security is a relative term. If a president like John F. Kennedy (who had the Secret Service guarding him) could be assassinated then no one is safe.

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In the big swamp of innuendo and falsehood, known as Washington D.C., we find The Donald, the rumormonger who trumps them all.

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Some time ago, The Villager ran stories about the planned stand-alone emergency room for Auburn, and other media have reported on it extensively of late. The venture amounts to a good example of the city of Auburn, East Alabama Medical Center (EAMC) and Auburn University working together for…

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I have not done any research, but I have an old-fashioned hunch that one of the most repeated phrases in all of history is “Stop running in the house!”

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Fifty years ago, a lot of my friends thought it was cool to be a hippie.

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In past years, debates over economic policy have focused on the best application of sound economic principles — free markets based on voluntary exchange, prices determined by supply and demand, consumer sovereignty, free trade, limited government intervention and fiscal responsibility. These…

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In this conversation,  I thought I would share a couple examples of the things I consider odd and funny that happened to me over the last few weeks.

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As August begins, our community refocuses on one of its greatest strengths — education.

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A gentleman emailed me recently, incensed over what he perceived as an insinuation in my column about the departure of Dr. Steven Leath that Iowa State was an inferior institution to Auburn.

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What's the one thing that people around the world couldn't do without for any length of time? I'm not talking about food or water or any of the necessities of life. I'm talking about something optional to your existence as a human being.

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The word “authentic” isn’t spoken much these days. That’s because authentic means “the real deal — genuine.” There’s very little, if any, genuineness around in 2019. 

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The committee of legislators, state officials and prominent citizens studying ways to improve Alabama prisons met for the first time this week. And the Governor’s Study Group on Criminal Justice Policy, as the committee is called, faces a very difficult task.

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The next time you use GPS for navigation or secure Wi-Fi to connect to the Internet, you'll find a connection to a comedy film and a gorgeous movie star born in Vienna. Let's begin with the movie.

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The sun blazes and is nearly unbearable. Afternoon thunderstorms thicken the air, leaving it stuffy and anything but cool.

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I've begun to lose track of all the television programs and written accounts dedicated to the 50th anniversary of the U.S. space program, NASA and its Apollo 11 flight to the moon.

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In a letter on July 21, 1944, to his longtime friend, Eberhard Bethge, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, while in prison, recalled a conversation he had some years ago with a young French pastor. They discussed what they both wanted out of life.

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This weekend (the 20th), it will have been three years since I suffered a stroke. Little did I know as I drove home from work that day that in literally a split second my life was about to change forever.

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It  seems the whole country is preparing to relive an event that happened 50 years ago — the first manned mission to the moon.

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In so many communities like ours across the country, people have taken time this summer to remember the 75th anniversary of D-Day.

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In 2010, I had one of the best nights of my broadcasting career, and it wasn't in a TV studio.

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Around Independence Day, people seriously start talking about vacations — if they haven’t gone on one already. So, I tried to remember our favorite vacations of all time.

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Lately, the Chinese government has embraced the religion known as Confucianism for its own political purposes.

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Something was seriously amiss, I reasoned, when Auburn President Steven Leath refused to put a football-only facility on the June agenda and members of the Board of Trustees overrode him. That was a public slap in the face.

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It's time to delve into the origins of some of our most curious words and phrases. We say them so easily — but often have no clue as to where they came from.

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The American Camp Association will give you many reasons why your child should attend camp — developing independence, experiencing the outdoors, relaxing, getting unplugged and becoming better at making and keeping friends (these five particular reasons are listed on their website, acacamps.org.)

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Did you know that a crime committed by a pair of the country's best-known outlaws occurred about 52 miles from my hometown? That's a fact. And it was this crime that sent them on their way to Alcatraz federal prison.

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One of the most interesting laws passed this year by the Alabama Legislature provides for chemical castration for persons convicted of sex crimes against children. 

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We now have a full-blown crisis in the Middle East with various incidents, particularly the attacks on a Norwegian and a Japanese tanker near the Strait of Hormuz. Immediately, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo blamed the attack squarely on Iran without providing any evidence. In short order, t…

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Father's Day and my birthday often fall on the same day. Such is the case this year.

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One of my favorite and earliest memories I have of my father was when he was tilling the ground in our backyard to start a vegetable garden.

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Today, let's become time travelers, randomly picking a year to explore. 

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In the summer, as we have time to unclutter crowded closets, toss out items from a packed attic or sort through a congested garage, we are liberated from the confines of old items.

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It has been said that “no man’s life, liberty or property is safe with the Legislature in session.” (And in the old days of 100 percent male assemblies the “l” in life was changed to a “w.”)

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The Democrats in the House are divided on whether the impeachment process should commence immediately or should wait until they get more information from handing out subpoenas to Attorney General William Barr, Deutsche Bank, Capital One, Donald McGahn and Hope Hicks.

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In my mid-teens I worked odd hours — weekends, holidays and anytime nobody else wanted to work — at WGEA radio in Geneva, Alabama. In the fall of the year, we broadcast the Auburn college football games thanks to a complicated setup that involved re-broadcasting the play-by-play of the game …

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Two months after the deadly tornado struck Alabama, a team of six cyclists trekked across Alabama for two and a half days, logging over 245 miles and raising about $9,000.

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I'll never forget the day my father dropped me off at Auburn for my freshman year. (It was a while ago before the turn of the millennium). 

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While reminiscing  last weekend, I started wondering about the history of the holiday we're about to celebrate. After a sizable amount of research into Memorial Day, I learned a lot more than I expected.