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After a natural disaster, we usually come together in a positive effort to mend the physical and emotional damage, but we are left with feelings of helplessness after an act of terrorism.

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  • Toby Hightower, New Era columnist
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The war had ended, the guns were locked in the supply shed and we were just waiting to go home.

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To narrow-minded and naive grammarians, truth is truth and honest truth is redundancy that ought not to be tolerated in educated circles. But I ask that you lend me your ear while I try to show you there can be a great difference in the two.

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He was superintendent, and I was a lowly assistant principal. He wrote textbooks and often published his views through other media.

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All the legendary Hopkinsville High School stories of Bobo Cravens, known only by Mrs. Ledford as Alfred Cravens, would fill a nine-pound hardback book, and I expect that he might have by now forgotten some of them himself. This one had slipped my mind until it came back to me in a pleasant …

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I am profoundly moved by Walt Whitman’s goodbye to Abraham Lincoln through his poem “O Captain! My Captain!” The poem starts, “O Captain! My Captain! our fearful trip is done, The ship has weather’d every rack, the prize we sought is won …”

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Most of us do not want a reoccurrence of the Sept. 11 terror attacks, but we also want to live in a nation that is not made up of barbaric savages. In many college classrooms today, students are fed a strong message that we are a bunch of brutes who practice (and seem to enjoy) torturing our…

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My beloved grandson took his own life the Sunday before Thanksgiving, right after my revered son-in-law had a heart valve operation in which his heart was taken out of his body to make repairs. Reeling under this double hit, I was hit again when my grandson’s gay companion last week took his…

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