MARK SAAL

Choir and orchestra to present annual holiday concert at St. Joseph Church

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MarkSaal

Hi Karl. I actually did a story about this a number of years ago. Most local historians told me that while there may have been a Mormon cricket infestation, and some seagulls may have showed up to eat them, they suspect the story has been somewhat embellished over the years. (The most damnin…

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And as for assimilating and adopting the culture of those already living here, I notice the early European settlers didn't do such a bang-up job with that whole assimilation/adoption thing when it came to the Native Americans who were living here first.  

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Yes, but a lot more will turn out to be pediatricians than the drug dealers, murderers and rapists the current administration seems so fearful of. As for culture changes in America, you say that like it's a bad thing, John. There's a reason American has been called the great melting pot. Ple…

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Apologies, Bob. It should have read: "The Standard-Examiner's sister-wife paper ..."

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Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU! You have given my family and friends a new favorite meme to utter whenever one of us is feeling oh-so-picked-on about our decidedly first-world problems: "It's not the Holocaust yet, but it's getting there." #gettinallholocaustyinhere

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Thanks, Mack. I keep telling myself that, but getting beaten by 330 people — including a 79-year-old — still hurts a little. And I'm not even competitive.

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Coward? Undoubtedly. But then, I didn't make the editorial decisions on photos. The photo with the column was taken about 150 yards from the finish line, so I was pretty gassed by then. (But very proud that I didn't puke!)

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Thanks, Mark. You're my inspiration!

MarkSaal

Yes, Bruce, because it's only "Democrat leaning people" who use race and ethnicity to divide. (The difference being, of course, that Trump's divisions are literal -- building walls, refusing people because they come from "sh*thole countries," etc.) I love "Republican…

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Hi Robert. Your point is valid -- to a point. I, too, wish we had more local reporting, but it’s a chicken-or-the-egg thing. Without more revenue, the SE can’t afford more local content. But without more local content, it’s difficult to boost revenue.

It’s the two schools of thought…