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What Happens When Your Well Goes Dry?

This is the first time in my life I have had to depend on a well for my water, and I have been seriously thinking of letting my lawn go dry. However, it would be the only lawn on the whole block which would be dry. Then as fate would have it, the Saturday of July 4th weekend, I woke up, and there was no water. The well had gone dry. At…

How To Make 30 People Smile With Gov’t Money

When the $600 prepaid debit card arrived, I did not know what to do with it. I did not ask for it. I did not need it. And I felt like it was some kind of dirty money. A “stimulus” payoff from the government to keep my mouth shut. I do not like the government handouts because they are not well directed. A lot of people get them and…

Government Has Killed The Fatted Calf

Editor’s Note: The following is from a Legacy column by Publisher John Derby that was first published 14 years ago, on May 26, 2005. This beautiful state that we live in is the most prosperous in the nation, generating more income than most countries in the world. Yet it is on the verge of going broke under the weight of pension and…

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