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Those retail decoder rings are evidently sold separately

Have you ever noticed those bar codes and arrangements of letters, dates and words on the grocery store aisles? I’ve got a friend who works in the cheese industry who’s great at explaining what they mean. Being in corporate food sales his whole career, he is quick to let somebody know that if Walmart advertises […]

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Thank you, Harriet Carter; you know how to pick products well

What sometimes seems like a lifetime ago, I remember a time late in the year when little kids’ excitement was reignited a few weeks after the first day of school hype had subsided. Birthday cards and pen pal letters were great to get in the mail, but the Sears Wish Book catalog was like a […]

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The war between the states of mind is just as divisive

Modern-day history books have taught us how division has formed the founding of these great United States and ultimately shaped its evolution ahead of the 20th Century. Before the Pilgrims sailed across the Atlantic to land on Plymouth Rock, they had in their hearts and minds a different view than the church of England. As […]

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Sorry I can’t tell you more but I tried my best to answer this mystery

Mi Hacienda’s doors were closed during the weekend. My apologies for the lack of a catchy lead-in sentence to convey the news you probably already know. Last week, Facebook feeds in Aberdeen networks went ablaze with posts about the Mexican restaurant’s future. My original intention last Monday morning was to reach the restaurant’s owner and […]

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Real healing works from the inside out

We recently had a visiting evangelist at our church who had pursued a variety of occupations before “surrendering to the ministry,” as preachers put it. The circuitous path of life may not build up much in the way of seniority with a particular employer, but it does provide a rich variety of experience to share […]

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WorkKeys shows its takers and industries what has already molded your mind

I’m 22 years removed from the ACT test and only know Common Core from a glance. I come from a secondary education age of learning when achievement tests were the only times I remember data being measured outside of our classroom teachers’ grade books. There were guidance counselors helping point us in the right ways […]

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Goodbyes are only temporary until we see each other again

By Karli Cox Trull/For the Monroe Journal Hello everyone. I write these words to you today, with so many beautiful memories swirling through my mind, but also, with a heavy heart. My friend, who was a friend to everyone he met, Damontrio, or as he was affectionately known “Munchie,” Freeman, passed away on Tuesday, Feb. […]

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For every two hearts that beat, there are others breaking

Every pretty face makes at least one heart beat when it comes to romance. For every beautiful soul, there’s a match, either for forever or by the confines of how long a marriage will last. Marriages come tough at times and easy at others. Some are lucky enough to last forever and some just last […]

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A newspaper’s opinion page is a headache but a necessity

“I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.” – Evelyn Beatrice Hall Working at the paper can often be a tough job. On any given day, a number of things can, and often do, go wrong. We typically don’t know from one moment to the […]

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