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National Security: Privacy

Joe Boyles: Guest Columnist Often in this space, I like to remind the reader of our Constitutional legacy.  Madison is named for the fourth president, James Madison, also known as the “Father of the Constitution.”  You cannot pick up a serious periodical that doesn’t contain some mention of a Constitutional issue.  That’s quite a legacy. Two years after the Constitution was ratified in 1787, Madison introduced the first ten amendments, more commonly known as the Bill of Rights.  They are largely rights to protect individuals from the heavy hand of…

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Conservative Corner: Voting for Gridlock

Nelson A. Pryor: Guest Columnist Yes, Senator Bill Nelson, has just announced that he will be voting against the confirmation of Judge Neil Gorsuch, to the U. S. Supreme Court. He also said that he would join fellow Democrats, in a Senate filibuster, to try and block the nomination from even getting an up or down vote. Bill Nelson The three-term Senate Democrat is an interesting man to me. This columnist first met the Senator somewhere around 2003, in Madison. Surprisingly, the afternoon before his arrival in the city, the…

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Emerald’s Gem Box: Home-raising

Emerald G. Parsons In today’s society, as we look around, so many of us are shocked at what our world is coming to (has come to). So much of what is going on in this world also has to do with the way children are being raised.  It’s called “Home Raising.”  Either you’ve got some – or you don’t. I am proud to say that good “home-raising” manners were instilled in me from the time I could talk and walk. I’ve always teased by saying that I think I was…

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From the sunny side… April Fools!

Rick Patrick: The iconic American writer and satirist Mark Twain once said that April 1st is the “day set aside to remind us of what we are the other 364 days of the year.” I’ve always enjoyed “April Fools Day.” I admire a good practical joke the way art connoisseurs admire a classic Van Gogh painting. I still think a well-placed “whoopie cushion” has great comic potential. One of the best practical jokes I have ever seen was one played on my father by one of his closest friends many…

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