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WEETE COLUMN: Let's go, team!
What a dilemma we have gotten ourselves into. And it is totally up to The People to get us out. Here we are, the country that was going to set the example for the world. The New World was discovered, and it became the "reasonable" place to set up a whole new way to govern people. The "old way" had failed the People.  
Wednesday, October 15, 2014

COMMENTARY: Palo Verde College English 103 class speaks
BLYTHE, Calif. - This week, Palo Verde Valley Times shares essays from students in Professor D. Lilley-Edgerton's English 103 Critical Thinking and English Composition class at Palo Verde College. The students were tasked with having to research an opinion on a topic related to their respective communities. English 103's purpose is to practice and exercise critical thinking by directing students in the construction of logical, sound arguments using evidence. Click to read three essays from PVC ENG 103 Fall semester 2014 students with more to follow over the next few Palo Verde Valley Times editions.
Friday, October 10, 2014

COLUMN: Dog gone
Back in the house for another careful round, and no Luddy. "Anne! Luddy's gone!" Panic hit. So, we got in the car and drove slowly around the block, Anne calling out the passenger window, and I calling out the driver's window. We strained our eyes, searching for our white Schnauzer.
Wednesday, October 8, 2014

COLUMN: Hell in a hand-basket?
If there was ever a time to give thanks for being an American, that time is now. With all the terrible things going on in the world, and with things pretty much in turmoil even here in our own country, all the way down to our little town, Blythe.
Wednesday, October 1, 2014

COLUMN: Getting desperate
Over the years, I have rather subtly suggested that if our town of Blythe is to survive and grow, that there must be a swelling up of good, honest people who will, together, take on the task of returning this beloved town to the kind of town that we were meant to be.
Wednesday, September 24, 2014

COLUMN: Freedom lost
You know, I'll bet that if I asked you how many of you want freedom, I would probably get, oh, at least 95 percent answering "yes". Now, if the vast majority of us truly want freedom, why are we having problems?
Wednesday, September 17, 2014

COLUMN: A man of character
Okay, I have made my decision, and yes, it is my final answer. I will be voting for Dr. Benjamin Carson for President.
Tuesday, September 9, 2014

COLUMN: Why?
Ever wonder "Why?" Why did settlers leave their own homeland, risk their lives in wooden ships on a sea that they knew little about to live in this new, uncharted land? Why did some of those same people take on slaves from Africa, to do their menial work? Why did they believe that education was so important to their own children, but they denied that right to the children of slaves?
Wednesday, September 3, 2014

COLUMN: Don't be a victim!
Unless you, yourself, make that choice. I know, I know. In this world we live in, it is pretty commonplace for us to deny responsibility for anything that happens in our lives. Even the President has suggested that "you didn't build that" when your choices bring you success.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014

COLUMN: An American Prophet
Anybody my age knows about Thomas Jefferson. And George Washington, and Benjamin Franklin, and all those great men who set this world on its ear by creating a new nation, dedicated to liberty for all. I wish I could be as confident that our young people are being taught what geniuses fathered this great, this unique, this God-fearing country called The United States of America.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014

COLUMN: One bad apple = one bad apple
Over the past several years, there has been much said and written about the Palo Verde Hospital. Sadly, much of it was not good.
Wednesday, August 13, 2014

COMMENTARY: How people of color can improve their end-of-life healthcare
The day my father died from prostate cancer -- Jan 11, 2011 -- is the day I decided that no family should ever experience the same pain. That day everything changed for me.
Wednesday, August 13, 2014

COLUMN: School Daze a'coming
Oh, boy, school is about to start up again. Are you ready for it? If you are a teacher, you are probably dreading it, because of all the free vacation you have had. Unless, of course, you have spent your summer "vacation" attending summer school to pick up a couple of courses you need. Or, you have needed to teach summer school because you needed that little bit of extra money to put into your bank account.
Wednesday, August 6, 2014

CITY SPEAKS: Luckino discusses city tax revenue options
Dear Concerned Citizens,

The City of Blythe has four major components of general fund revenue: sales tax, Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT), property tax, and Vehicle License Fee (VLF).

Friday, August 1, 2014

COLUMN: What's it gonna be?
Over the years, I have apparently "offended" some people when I have compared The President to such as Hitler and Stalin. I just realized that I could even compare him to someone from the Bible! No, he doesn't even come close to being the Savior, as some would apparently believe.
Wednesday, July 30, 2014

COLUMN: Feeling tranquil?
Now, we find that with Israel and Hamas bombing and killing one another, with Russia invading the Ukraine, resulting in more bombing and deaths, with Syria stirring things up and Iraq being lost, not to mention Iran's nuclear threats, and with America's southern border being over-run by children, adults, murderers, rapists and terrorists who want to abuse America's known generosity toward humans in trouble, I find that this, plus the shooting down of a plane full of some 300 innocent passengers, mass graves found in Mexico, and Lord knows what other demonstrations of loving our neighbor the media has missed, is now described - by our President, at least - as "tranquility".
Wednesday, July 23, 2014


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