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From Left Field

August 17, 2011

By BOB SHRALUKA
        Did you notice the latest in the anything-goes land of politics, where cheating and lying is a way of life and slime oozes from every orifice?
     During the campaigning prior to this week's recall elections in Wisconsin, fliers were mailed to people. supposedly informing them how to obtain an absentee ballot. But many of the mailers contained false or misleading information, effectively disenfranchising the person casting the absentee ballot.

Alone With J

August 1, 2011

By J SWYGART
    To be technically accurate, I guess I can be counted among the 357 gazillion gun owners in the United States.
    I own a .22 single shot rifle. It’s right there in the closet, next to the front door. No, wait. I think I moved it into the garage. Or maybe it’s in the attic. Give me an hour or so and I could probably put my hands on it.

From Left Field

August 1, 2011

By BOB SHRALUKA
    One of the most worthwhile agencies in Adams County received a much-deserved upward bump in its annual donation from Decatur City Council last week.
    Council authorized a $12,000 payment to the Adams County Council on Aging, up from the $10,000 of the past two years when finances were extremely tight, but still not back to the $14,500 paid out annually prior to the major cuts of three years ago. The increase followed a pitch made at the recent council meeting by agency director Sharon Tester.

Digital Views

August 1, 2011

By MARK TURNER
    Have you ever watched a movie thinking beforehand it would be a good movie only to discover that it was just so-so once it finished? A movie that just leaves you feeling a bit bland, as if had you not watched it you wouldn’t notice it but that you thought was entertaining enough anyway? Such is the case with THE LINCOLN LAWYER.

From Left Field

July 20, 2011

By BOB SHRALUKA

Digital Views

July 20, 2011

    By MARK TURNER
    As most readers by now realize I love horror movies. The problem is that over the past few years there have been so few that I’ve enjoyed.
    It seems like these days almost all horror films are remakes or sequels. If they are original they turn out to be more along the lines of horror porn than horror film. Then on occasion you find someone who loves horror movies as well and makes them for that audience. Director James Wan is one of those directors.

Alone With J

July 11, 2011

By J SWYGART
    Today, just a couple of things about a couple of things.

Fireworks out of control
    With ears still ringing, even as the July 4th holiday fades into memory, I’d like to suggest today that perhaps it’s time to draw a line in the sand — difficult though it may be —when it comes to this private fireworks thing in Decatur.
    It’s getting out of control. And, judging from other comments heard this week, I’m not the only one that feels that way.

From Left Field

July 11, 2011

By BOB SHRALUKA
    It would appear most Decatur residents are reasonably pleased with the Schultz administration and the current city council makeup since there was no pre-July 5 rush of candidates to seek wholesale changes.
    Only Democrat Barb Engle, the council's lone at-large member, will be opposed in the fall, by Cam Collier, whom some observers believe the Republican party here is getting in line for a run for mayor in 2015.

Digital Views

July 11, 2011

By MARK TURNER
    I’ve always loved martial arts films, perhaps because I grew up when Bruce Lee was all the rage. Having seen him on TV in THE GREEN HORNET and then in a theater with the greatest martial arts film of all time, ENTER THE DRAGON, I was hooked.

From Left Field

July 5, 2011

By BOB SHRALUKA
    It's more than a little amazing if you take the time to closely and slowly ponder the numbers.
    West End restaurant has been at the same location in Decatur for 125 years. At least. Since 1886, people have been going to the northwest corner of Monroe and Seventh streets to eat. At least 125 years..
    Since 1886 ... before phones, before radio, before automobiles, long before World War I, before crooked politicians ... well, scratch the latter.

     Tonight's historic contest between the Bellmont Braves @ Adams Central is...
    WOODBURN— Like Bishop Dwenger a few nights before, the Woodlan Warriors...
    The Braves entertained a short-handed South Side tennis squad on Tuesday night...

 

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