Editorial

Nickels and Sense

Meeting the ancients I slowly made my way up the cliff face—placing my feet into steps carved into the rock, clinging to tall wooden ladders, and doing my best to suppress the encroaching fear of heights—to a large cavernous chamber nearly 150 vertical feet from the floor of Frijoles Canyon. When I entered my destination,

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Nickels and Sense

Walk, talk, chip off the block “Like father, like son” is not an observation that comes to us without reason. “A chip off the ol’ block” is another way of saying it. No matter what the turn of phrase, the fact is oftentimes sons exhibit similar physical and even personality traits as their fathers. When

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Nickels and Sense

This one has me stumped I was walking among the colorful and unique items on display at an area retail store specializing in exotic imported home decorating items from around the world. I turned the corner from the “Mexicali” style dinnerware (incidentally made in China) and just about stubbed my toe on something I couldn’t

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Nickels and Sense

When experts and age conspire This Memorial Day weekend, I participated in my very first sanctioned boomerang tournament. Yes, that is a thing. I went into the tournament — the United States Boomerang Association’s Gateway Classic in Waterloo, Ill. — with a certain amount of trepidation, only because I really didn’t know anybody. However, with

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Dateline From the files of The Versailles Leader-Statesman

May 21, 1897 W. A. Simmons, the clothing drummer, has invented a novel clothes pin. The little useful invention is made entirely of spring wire and is quite an improvement over the old-fashioned pins. May 24, 1917 The new oil engine is installed and at work at the electric light plant. It is a daisy

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Nickels and Sense

What I want to be when I grow up There are times, such as in the current political climate, when being a journalist is, by association, a profession not necessarily at the top of everyone’s “What I want to be when I grow up” list. I will readily admit, I can barely stomach listening to

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