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Hello Hillsboro: A familiar ring to news stories
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Have you ever noticed that the news featured by the radio-television- print media on a regular basis never really changes?

Trust me, folks. Whatever you read, hear or see in the media today has happened before, and probably not that long ago!

This thought came to mind Monday when I, being a confirmed news junkie, noticed two stories that had a surprisingly familiar feel to them on the same day.

All day long the talking heads yammered on and on about the “GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN” that is only slightly less terrifying than Pearl Harbor and 9/11 put together. Sweating TV anchors all over the country found a safe closet to hide in right after issuing stern warnings that the end of America as we knew it was near.

In actuality, fiscal shutdowns have occurred on many other occasions, and somehow this country managed to stand tall and move on, leaving thousands of panic driven reporters in its wake.

This Monday was no different, although when I opened the paper on Tuesday morning, after peeking from the corner of the drapes to gain assurance that there was still a great country out there, something struck me as very ironic.

The Cubs had fired another manager! What perfect timing. The worst sports franchise and the most brainless Congress in history had paired up to present the most familiar news double-header in journalistic history!

For news junkies, it just doesn’t get any better than that!


Here is a definite “keeper” quote for dog lovers from Gene Hill.

“I can’t think of anything that brings me closer to tears than when my old dog, completely worn out from a hard day working in the fields, limps away from her nice spot in front of the fireplace, and comes over to where I’m sitting, puts her head in my lap and a paw over my knee, closes her eyes and goes back to sleep.

"I don’t know what I’ve ever done to deserve that kind of friend!”


A closing thought that all of us should keep in mind for our own welfare:

Never put both feet in your mouth at the same time, because then you won’t have a leg to stand on!