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Every year in the United States there are between 70,000 and 80,000 workplace fires, leading to approximately 200 deaths and 5,000 injuries.

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The saddest end to life is self murder. Even when it is justified as martyrdom, euthanasia, or defense of self or others, it is a desperate, unfortunate choice. But when it is freely chosen out of pain and disgust with life, it is the most miserable of deaths.

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Monopoly is a fun game, but a horrible phenomenon. Whenever there is only one power in control, disaster results.

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Just as we do with our family’s emergency supply kit, you can do the same for your pets. So just remember these basic guidelines:

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Jack Black turns 50 years old today — the actor and musician has played many roles throughout the years, and today we are ranking our favorites.

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Editor’s Note: This is the latest installment of a series of regular columns designed to report to the senior citizens of Athens County items of interest from the Athens County Council on Aging (ACCOA).

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My favorite story with that question: A father tells his daughter that it is nine o’clock — she asks, “What does that mean?”

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Editor’s Note: William Morosko is a 9th grade student at Athens High School with an aptitude in writing movie and music review. He has also directed and written short films that have appeared on Athens Community TV. The Messenger has agreed to publish occasional reviews from William as a new…

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After generations of respect, Christian clergy are being downgraded as trustworthy figures in society. This makes sense as a decline in church membership shifts attention to other institutions. I wonder, however, how much recent scandals have affected this depreciation.

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People think they know things about their own experience that are actually untrustworthy.

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It was becoming obvious in the 1960s that the city of Athens needed a better hospital than Sheltering Arms, only two houses in size.

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Many of us do not like living near people we think are stupid or hateful. Some of us would like those people to go to another city, state, or country. We enjoy talking with neighbors and friends who agree with us and do not argue with us too much. Even if they have somewhat different opinion…

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Commencements, weddings, patriotic holidays — many occasions recently for people to go from one place to another in a formal way.

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It’s inspiring to hear about heroic rescues and courageous acts by strangers that save lives.

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Editor’s Note: This is the latest installment of a series of regular columns designed to report to the senior citizens of Athens County items of interest from the Athens County Council on Aging (ACCOA).

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WASP doesn’t appear much these days but it used to name the American privileged group, White Anglo-Saxon Protestants. That expanded easily to include northern Europeans, but not Irish because they were Catholic. Italians also did not qualify as white Americans. If they were Sicilian they cou…

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My name means “farmer” but I bury seeds, not plant them. I do not cultivate or know fields, farms or forests. I think about vegetation, however, and study how other people think about it. I am amused and appalled by attempts to control it.

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You can put a piccolo in a pocket. Pipe organs can weigh tons and need the space of a mansion. They are the biggest musical instruments in the world. Electronic imitations can be much smaller and these days similar in sound, but the old physical pipes last longer and have the prestige of his…

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It seems to me that nothing can right the wrongs of the past. Can one really pay for crime? What currency equals human pain and death? How can one pay a debt to society?