News for Saturday, November 29, 2003

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Useful, unique holiday gifts - April Avison

Only a few shopping weekends remain until Dec. 25, and it seems that good, affordable gifts are hard to come by.

Time to fill 'er up with Toys for Tots

By Clay Wilson

Frank Ng

Police officer

Thanksgiving is over. Now what? - Mike Davis

When I realized the holidays were here, relentlessly slapping us in the face, it was already too late. I didn't quite grasp the magnitude of the end of the year. I didn't understand how fast it can all fall into your lap, look up crying and ask for more.

Brace yourself for media blitz - Billy Corriher

Michael Jackson. The name used to be synonymous with great music. Throw on an old Jackson Five record or the "Off the Wall" album and you'll know what I mean.

A quiet holiday for local police

By Michael Davis

?Cats take on Westside

By Anthony Rhoads

Beware of ?uncharitable' charities

By Ed Brock

Pass the turkey and opinions - Rob Felt

Thankfulness, family, pilgrims and Indian corn, little kids coloring outlines of their hands to look like a turkey, food, football and a day off of work (for most). Now that we've gotten that out of the way here's what I'm thankful for: the First Amendment.

Living life is not a chore - Zach Porter

There are some people I've met who as far as I can tell define their lives as: A. Stuff and B. Whatever it takes to get the stuff done. "Just get it done" – that's their motto. Tasks and the completion of those tasks presumably 'til your poor heart fails you. That's it. No commentary, no interpretation and certainly no room for fun. You live in a box, you drive in a box, you watch other "personalities" on a box, and you will ultimately rest in a box. Why not loosen up in the meantime and come out of your shell? Do you really want to view life as a series of items to check off a "to-do list"?

Life is a banquet, so pull up a chair - Bob Paslay

I was having Thanksgiving lunch with my friend Jay since neither of us could make it home for the holidays and I was bemoaning the fact that I had to come up with an idea for a column. I didn't want to write about politics and I figured everyone was tired of turkey stories.

Open season for shoppers

By Billy Corriher

Count your blessings, but not on TV - Clay Wilson

There are many things to be thankful for this Thanksgiving. Specifically, I have many things for which to be thankful.

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Memories of JFK assassination - Tamara Boatwright

For the last few weeks we have been asking for readers' memories of Nov. 22, 1963, the day President John F. Kennedy was assassinated.

Taking a hard look at economic McGrowth - Diane Wagner

Last week's news, as always, was a hodgepodge of various items but I couldn't help drawing a connection between two announcements.

What have we in common? - R.H. Joseph

Because Thanksgiving is upon us I'm following Thumper's mom's dictum: "If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all."

The question of Col. West - Ed Brock

There is an important question that must be asked regarding the situation of Army Lt. Col. Allen B. West.

Watch out for the phone vultures - Greg Gelpi

Circling the skies, the vulture observed its prey until the opportune time to swoop down.