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OUR VIEW: Time to start thinking about BTBJ

It's time to start thinking about the annual Black Tie Blue Jeans fundraiser scheduled for May 4 at the Whitehall Community Center. The event is the largest annual area fundraiser and is vital to so many non-profit organizations in the Whitehall...

 

Column: Sweet, sweet karma

I'm by no means a spiritual guru who spends hours a day cross legged on the floor mediating, but I'm a firm believer in karma. What goes around often does come around. While I certainly have my moments, I try to do the best I can and treat people the...

 

COLUMN: Bella, Peaches, and an unexpected visitor

I had written a column about bullying for this week but decided at the last moment to not run it. It was perhaps a bit too aggressive and I'm sure it would have ruffled some feathers, so I decided to go with something a little more lighthearted....

 
 By Jack H. Smith    Opinion    March 6, 2019

Column: Storm People

When a severe winter storm hit recently, I didn't think it would stick around for nearly a week. I'm over the freezing cold, horrible roads, snow everywhere, crappy drivers and everything else that has to do with winter. For the first time I really...

 

Column: Bleacher Butt and Romper Room

When I first started in journalism, I always thought a dream job would be a major movie critic. Several times a week I'd be able to watch movies and then would get the opportunity to write about them. I don't watch nearly as many movies as I used...

 

Column: Social Media

I'm a little bit ashamed of how much time I spend a day on social media. I cannot imagine how productive I would be without it, but it does connect me with friends and family from afar, and is also useful for work, so it does have value. It also...

 

Column: Adam & Janet

In the days after the Super Bowl social media was on fire and it wasn't about the actual game that just so happened to be probably the least exciting championship affair in recent memory. Instead of talk about how the Patriots defense played or how...

 

Column: February in Moscow

The past few days of below zero temperatures reminded me of growing up in what is known as the "high desert" of Wyoming. It is full of wide-open spaces and plenty of outdoor opportunities and also has some cold temperatures during the winter months....

 

Column: 5 Minutes

A few years ago, my mother Janet retired after working many years at a coal fired power plant in Wyoming. While it was a great job with outstanding benefits, she was very eager to move on with her life. While many people have an elaborate list of thi...

 

COLUMN: "K"

'm a little late to the party for a "New Year's" column, but there are certainly some things I would like to see unfold a little bit different in 2019. Don't get me wrong, I'm completely happy with my life, I would just like to see few minor things c...

 

Column: The Top

I'll be the first to admit that I sometimes find myself so busy that I will forget to truly enjoy the little things that can make life so enjoyable. Last weekend I learned a valuable lesson from my kitten Jerusha that was a great reminder to always...

 

Column: Garry

A few days before Christmas I received some saddening news about the death of a longtime friend in Wyoming. In my time knowing Garry Gouger he was a co-worker who I would later work directly for. He was a mentor and someone who always made me laugh e...

 

Column: Christmas Eve

With Christmas falling on a Tuesday in 2018, I really needed to be on top of things so that I could have the newspaper sent to the printer by early on Christmas Eve. On a normal week, I will usually have the pages ready to go by early Tuesday...

 

Column: The Elevator

In last week's column I wrote about how much I missed my big green trunk full of collectibles from my youth. While thinking about the contents of the trunk I remembered one of the favorite books from my childhood. It was a book about the 50 states, a...

 

Our View: Ground breaking a great day for WPT

Since it's inception in 2011, Whitehall Public Transportation has provided an amazing service for local residents. During a special groundbreaking ceremony last week, WPT came one step closer to the completion of their new bus barn. The Richard (Dick...

 

Column: My Big Green Trunk

When I was around fix or six years old I received a present for Christmas that I really did not know what to think of. A few weeks before Christmas a large wrapped box had been placed under the tree with my name on it and I was ecstatic. I can...

 

Column: Christmas Memories

As a child there was always a magical feeling during the Christmas season. It was usually after Thanksgiving that I started to count down the days which seemed to get longer and longer as it inched closer to Christmas. I never minded the last few...

 

Column: Chicken in a Can

It always makes me laugh when I'm watching a "true crime" show and someone will describe their community as a small town. I recently watched a show where Fort Collins, Colorado was painted as a small college town and I could not believe what I was...

 

Column: Stuck in the window

In my line of work, I've established a routine that makes it a lot easier to get the job done. Any little change will throw me out of my comfort zone and last week was a perfect example of this. With the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday, I had to...

 

Our View: Fire department needs volunteers

The word "hero" has a different meaning for everyone. In my eyes, a "hero" can mean anything from a past or present member of the military to a teacher who does their best each and everyday to help ensure the future is bright for a younger...

 

Column: Tacos?

I must have missed the memo, but somehow it feels as if society has immediately transitioned from Halloween to Christmas. I drove by a neighbor's house the other day and his yard was full of decorations. I wasn't quite sure if I wanted to throw up...

 

COLUMN: It's Over

I think it's probably safe to say I'm one of many that are excited the 2018 General election is done. For the past several months it has been darn near impossible to sit and watch a football game or one of my favorite shows without at least three or...

 

OUR VIEW: Whitehall needs Halloween event

A few weeks ago, members of the Whitehall Chamber of Commerce discussed the idea of hosting a Halloween festival. This is not only a great idea, it is something that is very needed for the community. Halloween has changed quite a bit over the past...

 

Column: Home chef

I really enjoy what I do for a living, but at the same time often think what it would be like to have picked another career. While I certainly love sports about as much as one can, the fact I can barely go up or down the stairs without falling, I...

 

Column: 6 things...

There are days when I can produce up to 10 stories without a care in the world, and other days where I struggle to write even the lead to one. Whenever I'm struggling with a block, I will usually start with my weekly column and go from there. Sometim...

 

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