Sholeh Patrick

Todayís holiday knows no borders

November 23, 2017 at 5:00 am

While origins and particulars vary, setting aside a day of thanks for bountiful harvests is a tradition pervading human history. Ancient Egyptians celebrated the spring harvest by honoring their fertility god Min. Minís festival featured a ...

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Look, up in the sky; itís a great job!

November 21, 2017 at 5:00 am

Wanna fly? Youíd almost be guaranteed a job, since the U.S. will soon need 87 new pilots each day to meet passenger demand. Thatís one every 15 minutes.Airlines around the world are expected to buy 41,000 new planes between 2017 and 2036. A...

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Public defenders preserve liberty

November 16, 2017 at 5:00 am

This is one of those ďdonít know what youíve got Ďtil itís goneĒ things. One of the many and ó literally ó vital blessings we Americans have is a public defender. Do we stop at taking this fundamental element of a democratic society for gra...

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Scientists issue their own global warning

November 14, 2017 at 5:00 am

They call it Americaís Pledge. A growing group of states, cities, businesses and organizations both public and private, worried and angry at the presidentís refusal to allow the U.S. to join international climate change agreements, are comm...

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Hereís why Charlie Brown didnít get elected

November 09, 2017 at 5:00 am

With only 8 percent turnout, Tuesdayís local elections didnít exactly go out with a bang. Thatís too bad; city government has much more impact on votersí daily lives than such a paltry showing suggests. Yes, some races were uncontested, but...

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Hereís why you need to vote today

November 07, 2017 at 5:00 am

Today is election day. While local elections draw far fewer voters than national races, it makes little sense. Local officials have more immediate, and it could be argued, greater impact on daily life compared with national officials. On to...

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Get ready for cold, ice, snow

November 02, 2017 at 5:00 am

Itís hard to believe weíre here already: Snow season.While some can hardly wait to snap on the skis, winter-like weather (even in fall) merits serious preparations. Icy roads may not be preventable, but we can minimize winter driving risks....

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Yes, we want to believe

October 31, 2017 at 5:00 am

Autumn Fahlís stories about the spectral figure haunting Press photographer Loren Benoit have generated a surprising response. OK, so Lorenís been doing the haunting ó following her around like a stalker in the dead of night. But I digress....

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Do you know the Great Pumpkin?

October 26, 2017 at 5:00 am

Happy Pumpkin Day. This Oct. 26 ďholidayĒ may be unofficial ó banks and schools are open ó but that doesnít mean we canít celebrate this colorful cousin to cucumbers.Didnít know theyíre in the same gourd family? Hereís a pumpkin primer:&bul...

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Age 50 is the new timeless

October 24, 2017 at 5:00 am

ďIĒ doesnít appear often in this column, so I hope youíll indulge this special occasion ó special not because itís mine, but because itís a milestone for most people.I turned 50 Monday. And Iím thrilled about it (yes; a new photo is overdue...

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