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Circling The Toilet

The Oakdale City Council doesn't like it.

February 10, 2010 | | Local Columns


Dawn's Column - Loos, Lace, And The Law

Usually when it comes to our columns, we write about what's going on in our lives. In a previous column, I made the promise that I wouldn't write too much about my wedding planning. The problem is, that with the exception of car trouble and my fiancé being stuck on jury duty because he thought he wouldn't get selected, wedding planning is pretty much what my life's been all about lately. That was precisely what I was hoping to avoid.

February 10, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Local Columns


OPINION - Welcome To Whoville

And so the time has come.

February 03, 2010 | | Local Columns


Marg-Ins - Never Ready

I'm rarely stumped for a column topic but this time was a little different. After tossing around a few ideas in my head, I found myself repeatedly coming back to the same thing. It's not the weather, or some escapade perpetrated by my youngest child … I keep coming back to a feeling of sadness after having experienced a loss. A couple of them, actually.

February 03, 2010 | Marg Jackson | Local Columns


Mommy Musings - I Saw That …

Thinking fast on your feet is critical in the game of parenting.

February 03, 2010 | Teresa Hammond | Local Columns


Opinion: Blame The System

Sometimes it helps to get another perspective, to look at a situation from a different point of view. At times, in fact, it might even result in a change of heart, or at least a change of mind.

January 27, 2010 | Marg Jackson | Local Columns


Stuff N' Nonsense: 2010 At A Glance

I had several ideas floating in my head for my column this month but when it came down to putting those thoughts on paper, I was disenchanted with the possibilities, which then lead me to sit and think of all the things that are happening in my life and what the coming year promises to yield.

January 27, 2010 | Kim Van Meter | Local Columns


Mommy Musings: The Sands Of Time

A colleague and I were recently having a conversation about how quick time passes, even at a weekly paper. I had just completed covering the birthday of Vera Piccetti who celebrated her 107th birthday. As I took the ceremonial photo of her with her cake I joked that she was my job security. After all, I'd been covering this event since she hit the triple digits in 2003.

January 20, 2010 | Teresa Hammond | Local Columns


Universal Healthcare

I'm going to offer an unpopular opinion for a town as conservative as Oakdale.

January 13, 2010 | Kim Van Meter | Local Columns


Safe And Secure, Or Just Exposed?

A recent conversation in the office brought to light that someone had actually seen me in an "anatomically correct" mode at the airport without my knowledge. You see, I was somehow randomly selected to step into this high-tech glass booth at the Las Vegas airport a couple months ago.

January 13, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Local Columns


Mommy Musings – Life and Birthdays

I'm a December baby. For those who follow astrology, a Capricorn to be more precise.

January 06, 2010 | Teresa Hammond | Local Columns


Getting Back On Track

Here's hoping you made it through the holidays safe and sound and only a few pounds heavier.

January 06, 2010 | Marg Jackson | Local Columns


Out With The Old?

The New Year, fast approaching, obviously calls for a column on the subject. But what's the big deal? At least Christmas brought feasting, drinking and partying; food and warmth and merriment in the middle of winter for pagans and celebration of a savior for Christians.

December 30, 2009 | John Branch | Local Columns


Mommy Musings – Keeping Up With …

For those of you not yet hit by the recession and still running the race of keeping up with the Jones' - well, good for you. Personally, I find myself busy these days trying to keep up with the fat man in the red suit - that's right, Santa.

December 23, 2009 | Teresa Hammond | Local Columns


Stuff ‘N Nonsense - The Spirit of Christmas

Miles away in a different time zone, where snow buries the yards and Old Man Winter takes up residence for a wintry season, the true spirit of Christmas blossomed in the bosoms of total strangers to the benefit of those close to me - my sister, nephew and brother-in-law.

December 23, 2009 | Kim Van Meter | Local Columns


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RICH IN THOUGHT – We Interrupt This Marriage For Baseball Season

Spring is in the air and for me that means one thing. Not flowers blooming, not complaints of sneezing and watery eyes from allergies, not Easter, not even the Oakdale Rodeo.

April 09, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local Columns


Marg-Ins - Student Safety Center Stage

It never fails.

April 02, 2014 | Marg Jackson | Local Columns


Still Matters - Make A Wish

Another birthday has gone by and the year is moving along at its normally quick pace. Birthdays have always been a cause for celebration in my life. We are not guaranteed a long life so every year that I reach a new age, I find myself reflecting, feeling very blessed, and thankful that I had a year filled with a lot of laughter and love.

March 26, 2014 | Virginia Still | Local Columns


RICH IN THOUGHT – When Did I Get This Old?

It seems to have all of a sudden hit me that I'm in my mid-50s. With that awareness comes the oh-so-common, "Where did all the time go?" (And there's no mid-life crisis here with plans to go out and buy a corvette and cruise with a young blonde bombshell named Bambi).

March 19, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local Columns


Editor’s Notebook - Blame It On The Bachelor

Let's just say I have never been that much of a fan of 'reality' TV because in all honesty, it's probably the furthest thing from real life as you can get. Who can be 'natural' when there are lights and cameras tracking your every move?

March 19, 2014 | Marg Jackson | Local Columns


Marg-Ins - Move It Or Lose It

There comes a time when you just have to part with things.

March 05, 2014 | Marg Jackson | Local Columns


Marg-Ins - Glory In The Games

Whether you are an ardent sports fan or just a casual observer you really can't go wrong taking a few minutes out of your schedule to sit down and watch the Olympic Games. Chances are, you get one of the many channels that are carrying them, with nearly nonstop action all day, depending on where you turn.

February 19, 2014 | Marg Jackson | Local Columns


RICH IN THOUGHT - Not Letting Sleeping Dogs Lie

It's bedtime at Villa Paloma and as I make my way upstairs after turning off the lights and ensuring doors are locked, comes the time where I need to make my claim on what's left of the real estate on our California king as the TV flickers the nightly news.

February 12, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local Columns


MARG-INS TV, Time And Tidbits

All right, I can tell on myself. This column and the ones our reporters periodically provide for this page are due on the Friday before the next Wednesday's paper. Typically, a 5 p.m. Friday deadline, though I have been known to let people email them to me on a Saturday as long as I know it's coming and can still get it proofread in time for the page to be built. But it has been an extremely busy time for me so I gave myself a break and put the deadline off until – yikes! – Monday. Besides, I ...

February 05, 2014 | Marg Jackson | Local Columns


RICH IN THOUGHT - Mangia, Mangia!

What did I get for Christmas?

January 08, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local Columns


Marg-Ins - Dumb Phone, No Heels

Some people just aren't meant to wear heels.

December 31, 2013 | Marg Jackson | Local Columns


Dawn’s Column - Pumpkins And Pine Trees

It's the middle of December and I still have pumpkins on my front doorstep.

December 18, 2013 | Dawn M. Henley | Local Columns


Rich In Thought - Sticks And Stones…

I'm taking a chance by voicing an unpopular, politically incorrect position on a contemporary issue, but from me, this shouldn't come as a surprise.

December 11, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local Columns


Marg-Ins – Iowa And The Island

November is such a busy month, leading right up to an equally hectic December, that it literally feels like a lifetime ago I wrote my last column.

December 04, 2013 | Marg Jackson | Local Columns


More On Medicare – Getting Your Medicare Benefits

Some people may not realize it, but there are actually two ways to get Medicare benefits.

November 27, 2013 | DAVID SAYEN Regional Administrator | Local Columns


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