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 By Arden Chaffee    Local    July 12, 2019

Smokey Bear

Who among you remembers Vince and Larry the crash dummies? Credited with saving 85,000 lives, they helped increase seat belt use to 67% during their commercials from 1985 to 1999. How about Woodsy...

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Local    July 5, 2019

Spam

While shopping for the Blessings Box at Lincoln School, I picked up some cans of the famous product called Spam. We know the word as the label for the annoying number of unsolicited e-mails that most...

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Local    June 28, 2019

Patina

Wife Nicki tells the story of her Grandma Annie who painted her ’47 Chevy coupe with a brush. I read a story about painting cars outside; for best results they recommended the color Indian Ceramic,...

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Local    June 21, 2019

Generic drugs*

The current lawsuits involving opioid manufacture, promotion and distribution bring to mind other drug company issues addressed in an article in Time magazine by Katherine Eban. Ninety percent of the...

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Local    June 14, 2019

Lunar landing

When President Kennedy asked Congress to appropriate money for a moon mission, we had “no rockets powerful enough, no computers portable enough, no spacesuits,” according to Smithsonian Magazine....

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Local    June 7, 2019

D-Day

A scene from the classic movie “Jurassic Park” has a humorous yet terrifying moment when Jeff Goldblum as Dr. Ian Malcom flees the Tyrannosaurus in his Jeep. “Must go faster,” he exclaims,...

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Local    May 31, 2019

Snowplow parents

Felicity Hoffman pled guilty to a college admission scandal and the U.S. Attorney recommended 12 months imprisonment and a $20,000 fine. Thirty-two other parents have been indicted on fraud charges...

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Local    May 17, 2019

Aging in place

If you walk around your home, you will notice that there are areas that are hard to navigate. Throw rugs are aptly named. Most people are happiest in their current home – surrounded by memories and...

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Local    May 10, 2019

Dissatisfaction

Thinking about my Army experience, I recall that Bill Sperry and I worked out getting in shape for basic training. I wish I were in that shape today, but age has taken its toll as walking replaces jog...

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Local    May 3, 2019

Dinner time

C.S. Lewis said, “The sun looks down on nothing half so good as a household laughing together over a meal.” I agree, and some of my fondest memories involve the family dinner table. I was an only...

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Local    April 26, 2019

Healthcare for all

Nicki and I spend nearly $14,000 on premiums, deductibles, co-payments, and travel for treatment in an average year. Should universal health care become the law of the land, the private insurance...

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Local    April 19, 2019

Play

Tiger Woods won The Master’s and The Oklahoma City Thunder is in the NBA Playoffs. These are highly-paid professionals who are paid to play. Play is important to all of us; entertainment at its...

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Local    April 12, 2019

Apocalypse

“Everyone, deep in their heart, is waiting for the end of the world to come.” –Haruki Murakami, 1284 Constant worry is responsible for debilitating headaches, mood swings, insomnia, depression...

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Local    April 5, 2019

Helmets

You know from football injuries that concussion often can’t be prevented even with a helmet. The KTH Royal Research Institute in Stockholm claims that the blame for at least two-thirds of head...

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Local    March 29, 2019

Tradespeople

“What the world needs now is love, sweet love.” – Jackie DeShannon, 1965. According to Kristen Bahler in Money Magazine, what the world needs now are more tradespeople: skilled workers,...

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Local    March 22, 2019

The universe

"I could be bounded in a nutshell and count myself a king of infinite space." – Shakespeare, Hamlet, Act 2, Scene 2 This quote gave Stephen Hawking the title for his 2001 book "The Universe in a...

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Local    March 15, 2019

St. Patricks's Day

According to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, March was named for Mars, the Roman god of war. This was the time of year to resume military campaigns that had been interrupted by winter. With March comes...

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Local    March 8, 2019

New Year don'ts

New Year’s resolutions rarely take so, Kiwanis Magazine gave me some ideas on what not to do in 2019. Several I had already decided in favor of, the first of which is not leaving voice mails....

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Local    March 1, 2019

Paving

“What this country needs is a good 5 cent cigar.” –Thomas R. Marshall What this country needs today is self-repairing pavement. The Dutch are experimenting with a stretch of asphalt laced with...

 

Bullying

It doesn’t take much to make a difference in another person’s life, positively or negatively. It’s also easy to overlook someone who is being bullied, and so difficult to think independently or...

 

In My Corner

When the National Geographic subscription expires, I try to make justification for not renewing the $39 magazine when most other periodicals are $6-$10. The next issue contains an article that blows...

 

White gold

“Up from the ground came the bubblin’ crude, black gold, Texas Tea.” Great news for the Clampetts, soon to be the Beverly Hillbillies. As the demand for alternative fuel vehicles grows, so does...

 

Groundhog Day

Last year’s calendar was weary with special days, celebrations, anniversaries and appointments while 2019 is stacking-up to be the same. February was, for the second year, the slowest month at the...

 

Human trafficking

In the hit “Drivin’ My Life Away,” Eddie Rabbitt sang: “Well, the truck stop cutie comin’ on to me. Tried to talk me into a ride, said I wouldn’t be sorry. Oh, but she was just a baby....

 

Middle class

Fortune magazine devoted a 28-page section to “The Shrinking Middle Class.” While most Americans consider themselves to be middle class, it is an elusive formula that decides. If you’ve ever...

 

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