If you are an investor in the stock market you will likely have lost nearly one third of your portfolios value in the past ten days. Though this is nothing like the great depression of 1929, it is substantial enough to get everybody’s attention.

It has been an interesting week, both locally and in the national perspective. Over the past few weeks there have been a number of sound offs about the situation at Raft River Electric in Malta. Included in today’s paper is at least one sound off that speaks to some recent changes and concer…

How often have you come across something wonderful only to later find out that it wasn’t what it was represented to be. This happened to me a couple of times this past week and thankfully I had been around the block once or twice and was able to not get caught up in it.

I don’t want this column to be a rehash of the week’s political events but I do want to bring forth a few of the lines of thought that are as toxic for our nation as anything that is topping the headlines, and it centers around solving people’s problems.

At some point in our lives each of arrives at a point where in order to reach our next goal we have to take one giant leap forward. I think it would be fair to say that there are probably multiple times in our lives where we take a giant leap, and when done properly, the result of such a lea…

About ten years ago, while visiting my sister and her family in Arizona, I became acquainted with a computer game where characters move about an artificial world on your computer screen trying to kill the other characters. Perhaps because I don’t play games like this, my guy was always the f…

Music is what makes a life richer, even joyful. It has been this way for me my entire life beginning at a very early age. The finest gift over my formative years was a Zenith clock radio. My father’s business was John D’s Radio and Television Service, a company he started just after the end …

In a recent trip to the East Coast to visit our granddaughter, Erica, and her parents, Aaron and Emily, I couldn’t help but reflect on our view from 35,000 feet above the earth’s surface. I’m not one to snap photos through the nine-inch square window of a jumbo jet but on this particular tri…

I’ve been reading a massive 500-page history book called the “The Silk Road,” a history of happenings from recent times going back to the years before the birth of Christ. Though I have only put 100 pages behind me, I am engrossed in this book and the history lesson I am learning as a result…

This past week a milestone event took place in the world of news media when two powerhouse media companies, GateHouse and Gannett, merged to form the largest newspaper company in the country. Was this a positive thing for the American public along with the readers of the newspapers impacted …

I saw a Facebook posting this past week from one of my Canadian cousins that put a smile on my face that lasts even as I write this column. The photograph shows Heidi, a two-year-old platinum blonde toddler, playing with her four-month-old brother. A closer inspection of the picture shows st…

One of the daily routines I go through is sifting through the police reports to screen them for any items of interest that should appear in the paper. Fortunately, the majority of the time there isn’t much happening that is worth reporting, but once in a while there is a storyline that truly…

Every four years the voters throughout the State of Idaho have the opportunity to change the direction their city is moving. For voters in the City of Burley this is the best opportunity to put a stop to the never-ending cycle of utility bill increases as well as six-digit losses at the golf…

Our household used to consist of news junkies, always tuning in to broadcast television, internet news and local, regional and nationwide newspapers. It was assured that if something important was happening in the world, we would be among the first to know about it. How times change.

One of the highlights for our family this past summer was to attend a family reunion that took place near Kelowna, British Columbia on the shores of Lake Okanagan. The reunion was the first of its kind for me and my siblings as nearly all of us traveled to Canada to be with our cousins who l…

Iowa State college student, Carson King, had a need and he used his wit to fill it. Several weeks ago, the ESPN Game Day broadcast was on the Iowa State Campus to cover the Iowa/Iowa State football rivalry. The television coverage creates a huge interest with fans who do their best to get on…

It’s common for dads to want to form a social circle around other men with similar interests. Some dads go bowling, others play golf, but the dads pizza club was quite different. It was made up of dads with broad interests, but they all had one thing in common – their children attended the s…

From the beginning of time there have been fathers with sons. Adam, as in Adam and Eve, got things started and from that beginning we have had an endless flow of fathers and sons.

Some years ago, when I was still playing church sponsored basketball, I had one of those experiences in life where I wished that I had used a little more of my brain power before I opened my mouth. I think when we are young the two switches sometimes get mixed up. One switch runs the mouth a…

For two weeks in August our family had the thrill of blending our close family unit with other family members whom we have never spent more than a few hours with. With many looking on to see this experiment take place, we found that some were hoping for the best while others thought they wer…

We recently helped our daughter, Cheri, move from one apartment to another, something her brother had previously helped her with when he lived in the same college town. Now in flight school in Alabama, he was quite unavailable this time so it fell on us to help because “you have a pickup tru…

I was recently reminded of an event where my then 90-year-old grandmother socked one of my cousins’ square in the eye. It began innocently enough with my cousin giving her a hard time about being in his way. Her response was to warn him that she could take him down with one smooth stroke. He…

In 1967 the Beatles crafted a song with the sole intent of allowing Ringo Starr, the bands drummer, to sing the lyrics. Starr wasn’t as natural of a lyricist as were Paul McCartney or John Lennon, so they put in the effort to compose the song, “With a little help from my friends” specificall…

When you listen to yourself talk, how often do you find yourself using the word “hate”? I’m sure that I say it quite often, certainly several times in a day if not more. I don’t think about the negativity of the word when I use it, but it does have a very negative connotation.

Like it or not, we’re all born into a family comprising of parents and siblings we are expected to love even though there are times when we don’t like them.

Ever since I went to the movie “YESTERDAY” I have been kicking around a couple of the ideas introduced in the movie that were outside the premise of no Beatles music. A couple of other situations that were covered in the film were a life without Coca Cola and a world without Harry Potter. Wh…

I’m not one to focus too much on the movie of the week, but last week I was able to visit our Century Stadium 5 to watch a film called YESTERDAY. If you haven’t heard about it you must have been living under a rock. YESTERDAY is a film that Beatles fans will adore as it will bring back some …

On Friday I opened my email on my office computer and started checking my email. On any given day there might be sixty different emails to process, much of it spam or things I’m not interested in seeing, but one thing that always stands out are the solicitations from various big box stores t…

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I want to say right up front that this is not the typical kind of column that I would write. It is easy to write about something funny, exciting, or otherwise entertaining, but none of those story lines seemed appropriate given the miracle that our family has experienced over the past few weeks.

Throughout our lives we go through cycles where different people are “our bosses” and control our lives. As children we are subject to our parents, teachers, and on occasion, our ecclesiastical leaders like a Pastor, Reverend, Bishop or Father. When we marry there are some of us who would sa…

For any of you who are fans of the BBC show, “Call the Midwife”, you will know what the show is all about. For those of you who don’t, I’ll give you a little synopsis. The gist of the show is following a group of British midwives around to different patients as they go through the treatment …

What does it take to run a library? This is a question that plagues us every two years when the Burley Library asks the citizens for more money to operate. Prior to the year 2007 the library had two sources of funding, both coming out of the pockets of Burley residents.

A recent newspaper industry conference took me to Las Vegas, giving me some great insight in the changes happening in the newspaper industry and reaffirming my long-held conclusion that there is lots of sin in the city.

Depending on which generation you are from, you may or may not bend over and pick up a penny laying in the road. If you grew up in the 1920’s all the way up through the 1960’s you would most likely pick up any coin you found on the ground. Children that grew up in this modern age are so focu…

Remember when . . . . . . . . . . downtown was a busy, hustle of commerce with men’s and women’s clothing stores, shoe stores, jewelry stores, banks, restaurants, sporting goods stores, real estate offices, and the list goes on. I can’t remember too much of the good old days, but I have hear…

The passing of one of our employee’s father this past week had our office talking about death, and in doing so, caused me to reflect on my loved ones who have passed on.

Several weeks ago we made a short pilgrimage to Tooele, Utah to visit my wife’s sister as well as to see four of our grandchildren. Our oldest daughter, Michelle, and her family were going to be in Tooele overnight and they had a few hours open for us to visit them.

I received a phone call from a reader this past week who wanted to know if we had heard many complaints from other residents about high-pressure sales tactics for Direct TV. He was disappointed when I told him we hadn’t heard from any other residents having a similar experience, but I remind…

We are in the process of forming opinions about two school bonds in Cassia and Minidoka Counties. Unless you have been living under a mushroom, you will certainly have been exposed to a bunch of data, news stories, neighbor conversations, yard signs and other information from parties hoping …

This past week’s Sound Off section included a submission from a citizen who had doubts about supporting the upcoming school bond because of the actions of individuals associated with the school district. I read the Sound Off a number of times, wondering if I should run it as it was, decline …

As a Utah State University Alumnus and 25-year resident of Logan, Utah, I was pleased to see a recent survey that addressed which of the many college towns in the country were good places to live after graduation. Cache Valley – the region that surrounds the City of Logan in Northern Utah wa…

How many times have you used the phrase, “that will never happen to me?” I’m sure that in my own instance it has slipped past my tongue more than a dozen times a year. The phrase – That will never happen to me – is somewhat accusatorial, part prayer and part common sense. Because really, who…

On the day of this writing the outside temperature in Burley was 53 degrees, balmy by comparison to our average winter temperature. This warm-up will certainly yield to cooler temperatures before our spring weather pattern catches on.

They say there are no ugly babies. It is likely that for a parent looking down at a newborn child, that statement would be true, but that might be as far as the lack of objectivity would go. It isn’t politically correct to contradict parents as they ooh and ahh at their newborn, but deep dow…

After a peaceful Christmas Day this year I had the opportunity to help my daughter, Cheri, move to Denton, Texas where she will attend graduate school. The drive from Provo where she has been living for the past nine years to Denton, Texas is approximately 1,200 miles and 20 hours of driving…

The words ‘New’ and ‘Improved’ carry with them the idea that something has gotten better than it once was. With that in mind I would like to tell you about the future of the Weekly Mailer. Beginning on January 8th, 2019 you will find a different Weekly Mailer in your mailbox.  I am aware tha…