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Fairness and Taxing the Rich

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Last week the Gallup organization’s Jeffrey Jones noted the “historically high gap” in the partisan job approval ratings three years running for Barack Obama.  Eighty percent of Democrats and 12 percent of Republicans currently...

Old Digger & Cory Cheek

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  (Copyright 2011 by Gary Spina)         Now I don’t often claim to be perfect, though I do belong to The Perfect People Society.  It is a very exclusive club.  I am the only member.  I...

Dancing with Mary Ellen Sanchez

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  (Copyright 2011 by Gary Spina)  I guess I was twelve or thirteen years old when girls I knew first started having dance parties at their houses – you know, everyone dancing to the music of...

A Man’s Hands

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  by Gary Spina (Copyright 2011 by Gary Spina) When I arrived in Alaska for the first time, I had only a little over a hundred and fifty dollars -- enough money for about five days of...

Life and Luck


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(Copyright 2011 by Gary Spina) I don’t know about you, but I believe in luck. Sure, the harder you work the luckier you get. I know all about that. And I...

To Joplin, Missouri – A love letter

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by Gary Spina (Copyright 2011 by Gary Spina) Are you listening, you Joplin city leaders – because there’s a story I want you to hear – about Joplin and a girl I love. The girl in Joplin...

Fathers and Sons

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  by Gary Spina (Copyright 2011 by Gary Spina) I never knew either of my grandfathers.  One died before I was born, and the other died when I was too young to remember him.  So, now that...

Humble and Obedient Servants

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Humble and Obedient Servants by Gary Spina (Copyright 2010 by Gary Spina)   Humble and Obedient Servants by Gary Spina      (Copyright 2010 by Gary Spina)   Were it not for George Washington, there would never have been a United States...

Your Neighbor, Billy Bencher

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(Copyright 2011 by Gary Spina) Your Neighbor, Billy Bencher by Gary Spina (Copyright 2011 by Gary Spina)         One sweetly delicious form of demagoguery is when you hear the politicians in Washington scream about the rich not paying...