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Is it time to pay college athletes? NO

April 28, 2014

Over the past couple of years the topic of paying college athletes for the work they do and money they earn for their respective schools has been circulating rapidly.

College sports generate nearly $11 billion a year in revenues, and many argue a portion of those profits should be given to pay student-athletes; however, I disagree.

It is my belief that the experience, education and life lessons learned while in college consist of enough reciprocation for the work college athletes do on the field.

Cell phone etiquette that might offend

April 25, 2014

As a kid, my family always sat down and had dinner together and if the telephone rang we would never answer it.

Once my sister, brother and I began to get older and had phones of our own we were not allowed to have them at the dinner table with us.

Nowadays, with technology attached to our bodies in one way or another at all times it is hard to distinguish what the proper etiquette for cell phone use actually is.

Share the road

April 16, 2014

You may be thinking, “Oh no, not another lecture on looking out for motorcycles.” The short answer: Yes, deal with it.

Aside from yesterday’s dusting of snow, the weather is getting better. And with that comes the shedding of our winter wardrobe, the roar of lawnmowers on Saturday mornings and motorcyclists on the road.

We even noticed a personal watercraft sitting aside a garage as if it was awaiting a tune-up. Visions of people enjoying a a warm summer day come easily.

A princess becomes
 an angel

April 14, 2014

As a graduate of Michigan State University, as someone who has seen pain, illness and events affect my loved ones and as a sports fan I can honestly say that Wednesday, April 8, was a challenge to get through.
Many of you might have heard the story of little Lacey Holsworth, an 8-year-old girl from St. Johns, Mich. who was stricken with a rare cancer that wrapped itself around her spinal cord two years ago.

The art of binge watching

April 3, 2014

The word binge has a pretty bad reputation, I mean when you think of binge eating or drinking it’s obviously a bad thing, but now, with the insurgence of streaming Internet and TV devices, the word binge is becoming more and more popular.

I for one am an avid TV and movie watcher, and I am in absolute favor of the people’s right to binge watch TV series via Netflix, HBO GO, Hulu and whatever other binge watching capabilities that may be be out there.

Secrets at the museum

April 2, 2014

It’s not exactly a secret anymore. Fifteen years ago, this undelivered speech surfaced. A 233-word speech, written by presidential speech writer William Safire, was to be given by Richard Nixon in the event of Apollo 11’s failure. I imagine President Nixon might have kept  it folded neatly in his jacket pocket for the entire 8-day mission and then, in ultimate relief, buried it in a desk drawer when the crew was finally taken aboard the USS Hornet.

The next young adult
 series to hit the big screen

March 18, 2014

Much like Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games series, Veronica Roth’s Divergent is set to debut on the silver screen on March 21, as the first movie installment of her three book series.

Have you checked into Bates Motel?

March 17, 2014

It seems like every time I turn on the TV there is a commercial for a remake of a movie or show. While many will argue that most of these remakes are bad, (I agree 90 percent of the time) there are instances when producers, writers and directors take an idea and make it their own.

I believe A&E’s Bates Motel has done that.

A couple of thank-yous

January 24, 2014

It’s time for a couple of thank-yous to two of our most cherished regular columnists.

Alice Gordon, our long-time contributor to Friday’s church page, has retired. With her 98th birthday approaching (Feb. 15, if you’d like to send her a card!), Alice says her failing eyesight and arthritis have made it difficult to continue sending a weekly Bible verse and reflection. “My heart says I can, but my body says I can’t,” Alice said, noting she’ll miss writing her column.

Falling in love with film

January 21, 2014

I love movies. I don’t just love watching movies or seeing movies at the theater, but I’m absolutely head over heels in love with the art of cinema.With my elective credits in college I was able to take two English courses focusing on film, and I loved them both. With an aspiration to have a movie theater in my home when I can afford it, and a library filled to the brim with all of the movies that suit my interests; film noir, horror, romantic comedies, comedies, thrillers and countless others I believe I am a film junky.

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