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Do NFL protests offer a lesson about democracy and patriotism?

Thursday, October 19th, 2017

By MICHELE MURPHY
Opinion Column

If you saw a big kid whaling on a little kid, would you do something? Actually, if you saw two kids of equal size going at it, would you do something?

If you saw a parent going off uncontrollably on their kids, or someone driving erratically, or a suspected drug deal, or something that looked “off” to you, would you do something?

In this …Read More

What do we say to the children?

Thursday, October 12th, 2017

By Michele Murphy
Columnist

With so many traumatic new events in recent weeks that have shaken many adults, I can’t help but ask, “What do we say to the children?”

For those tempted to say, “That’s up to parents,” and turn away, don’t.

If adults are feeling unsure about current events, how are children – and teens, for all their sometimes impossible “attitude” – able to sort out and …Read More

Lessons from Vietnam offer advice for handling North Korea, Iran

Wednesday, September 27th, 2017

By Michele Murphy

The Vietnam War is back in our living rooms now that PBS is airing a 10-part series developed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick. You can catch the final two installments tonight and tomorrow.

I say back in our living rooms because Vietnam was the first war to reach a significant number of American TV viewers as more were able to purchase TVs and …Read More

What if it were you and your family?

Tuesday, September 19th, 2017

 

by Michele Murphy, Press Columnist

Wasn’t it nice to be able to pull that lightweight blanket up over you and snuggle into the covers as temperatures continued to cool through the night this past week? My neighbor Matt calls this “good sleepin’ weather.”

I bet for some that first cup of hot coffee or tea tasted just a little bit better because you slept so well. Life …Read More

Can we talk about our love-hate relationship with work?

Wednesday, August 30th, 2017

Opinion Column
By Michele Murphy

Labor Day 2017 looks and feels different than it did when first celebrated in the late 1800’s. Today it is largely viewed as the day marking the end of summer. While many workers enjoy a paid holiday with family picnics and a few parades, the reason the day was created has faded from our memory.

At the height of the Industrial Revolution, it …Read More