Monthly Archives: May 2011


Remembering my heroes

28, May

By Katie Kieffer

Cemetary with American flags on Memorial Day.

This Memorial Day weekend, I want to honor the lives of two men who served our country and made a profound difference in my life: My grandfathers, Grandpa Rick and Papa Chuck. These two men touched me and countless others with their love, advice and proud patriotism. Continue reading

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Ending high gas prices

24, May

By Katie Kieffer

Gas station in California.

I’m picking out bananas at the grocery store when a young woman slides up beside me and starts adding fruit to her cart while she carries on a loud cell phone conversation with a girlfriend:

“Jess, I think I’ll stay over at your place on Wednesday night, because, with gas prices so high, I just can’t justify my commute into work. I might stay over on Thursday too, but I’ll let you know.” Her dry tone made it sound like she was making a dental appointment, not planning a girls’ night with pjs and cocktails. As she jaunted off toward the broccoli, I thought, “Wow, gas prices really are dominating our lives if adults are planning weekly sleepovers to avoid driving.” Continue reading

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Clinton* sweet-talks Hispanics

17, May

By Katie Kieffer

Former President Bill Clinton

Bill Clinton is the one exception to the Constitutional rule that U.S. Presidents may only serve two terms.

When President Obama went to El Paso, Texas last week and pitched his immigration reform plan to Hispanics, I felt like I was watching a movie called “Bubba’s Third Term.” The President did not sound like himself. I detected a faint Arkansas accent as he stood at the podium and outlined amnesty objectives disguised as immigration reform. Continue reading

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