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Replacing Jigging Rap Belly Hooks

March 02nd, 2015

  So last night I am going through the gear from last Saturday’s trip out on Erie, and started looking through the various sizes of my Rapala Jigging Raps. Not only find out that there was some gold in the … Continue reading

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HOW OUR K-12 EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM IS MORALLY FAILING OUR CHILDREN

March 02nd, 2015

Most of my college philosophy students are moral relativists without justification. That is, they seem scandalized by the idea that there are moral facts but, if asked, can give no coherent reason as to why moral facts do not exist. … Continue reading

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Good Video for Tweaking Rapalas Jigging Rap

March 01st, 2015

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No One Is Satisfied With This Recovery

March 01st, 2015

Republicans blamed slow economic growth on Obama in 2014. They won an election on that claim. They also trumpeted their mandate to reverse the policies that they said were preventing stronger economic growth. Then a strange thing happened. The public realized that things werent nearly as bad as Republicans claimed. Obamas popularity rebounded and Republicans […]

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Captain Nemos Goldeneye

February 28th, 2015

Last week I returned to my favorite mid-winter wildlife watching spot, that being the River Raisin where it flows through mid-Monroe, to see what the bear went over the mountain to see (to see what he could see). What I saw were a variety of ducks reveling in the ice bound patch of open water. […]

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Michigan DNR Appeal Wolf Decision

February 28th, 2015

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources today filed an appeal of a December 2014 federal district court ruling that returned wolves in Michigan and Wisconsin to the federal endangered species list and wolves in Minnesota to federal threatened species status. The appeal filed by the Michigan Attorney General in the U.S. Court of Appeals […]

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Beer Wont Make You Bilious

February 27th, 2015

I was doing some research today and found this Green Seal beer ad from 1915. It was brewed by the Buckeye Beer Company out of Toledo, Oh. I love the health benefits that Green Seal claimed. It’s really hard to read some of the print but I did see that “good beer makes good blood”. […]

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Dear President Lincoln

February 27th, 2015

In honor of President’s Day, here’s an open letter to two of the Presidents generally regarded as the two best Presidents in history. The challenge we face in this partisan political environment is to resist the temptation to rewrite history to serve a particular political position. Some examples of that are David Baron and Wall […]

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Low cost family photos available March 7 in LaSalle

February 25th, 2015

Has the potential expense kept you away from sitting for a family photo? The Monroe Camera Club will host a Spring Photo Session from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday March 7 at First Presbyterian Church of LaSalle, 13007 S. Dixie Hwy., LaSalle, Mich. Professional-quality family and individual photos can be scheduled at “low cost.” There […]

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Child poverty rates are rising in Monroe County MI

February 25th, 2015

The recession is technically over, but poverty and working poor conditions continue to linger in Monroe County, Mich. The Monroe News looked into the data compiled annually by the Kids Count project and has this report: Child poverty rates rise in Monroe County.

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Applications available for Bedford Goodfellows Easter baskets

February 24th, 2015

The Bedford Goodfellows will distribute Easter Food Baskets from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Saturday April 4 at Lambertville United Methodist Church, 8165 Douglas Rd., Lambertville, Mich. Those picking up the baskets must bring proof of living in Bedford Township (Lambertville or Temperance), have a current utility bill, photo ID and proof of income. Applications will […]

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The complicated personal finance details of child support

February 24th, 2015

This is the Monroe on a Budget column for the Feb. 24, 2015, edition of The Monroe News: By Paula Wethington / Monroe on a Budget How reliable are your family finances if part of the household income depends on someone who doesn’t live with you and the kids? This is a dilemma that many […]

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Bear Population Steady According to Michigans DNR

February 23rd, 2015

February 01, 2015 Michigan’s black bear population is healthy, not declining, according to the most recent estimate made public at the Bear Symposium hosted by the DNR at Roscommon’s RAM Center on December 6. So the reduction in the number of bear licenses issued in the state over the last three years was not necessary. […]

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Speedwells Moxie

February 21st, 2015

It wasnt a miracle but given the context it kinda seemed like one. There growing out of a chink in the stone wall at Audubon State Park was a Persian Speedwell (aka Birds Eye Speedwell) in bloom. They were tiny blooms near microscopic, in fact – but flowers none-the-less. I should mention that it […]

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Various Deer Antler Scoring Systems

February 20th, 2015

There are four generally accepted ways for scoring big bucks – Boone and Crockett (B & C), Pope and Young (P & Y), Longhunter, and Buckmasters (BTR). I thought I would use three of these scoring systems to measure a buck I shot 3 years ago not far from my house. This buck has some […]

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MCOP announces March 2015 emergency food locations

February 19th, 2015

The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) is a quarterly food distribution program administered in Monroe County, Mich., by the Monroe County Opportunity Program. The first 1,000 eligible recipients each quarter will get a package of groceries that is expected to include applesauce, beef stew, peanut butter and canned salmon. To qualify, you must be able […]

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Big Deer On The Wall!

February 18th, 2015

I went and picked up my deer head from the taxidermist a couple of days ago. Gary (Gary Browns Taxidermy) did a great job and it only took him three and a half months. Another local taxidermist has had a turkey of mine for over 4 years. He will never get anymore of my business. […]

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2014 poverty statistics for Monroe County MI

February 18th, 2015

The Michigan League for Public Policy has a county-by-county database and infographic of poverty-related statistics. Here’s the Monroe County MI chart: — Paula Wethington  

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Sometimes, Old School Just Works Better!!!

February 17th, 2015

Sometimes you just need to step back and put it all in perspective, for me, last weekend in Indiana was a wake up call. Sometimes you just need to go old school, find the bottom, lift up your rod tip … Continue reading

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A pretty prom doesnt have to cost a pretty price

February 17th, 2015

This is the Monroe on a Budget column for the Feb. 17, 2015, edition of The Monroe News: By Paula Wethington / Monroe on a Budget If you or someone in your family wishes to dress like a princess on a pauper’s budget for this year’s proms, weddings or pageants, now is the time to […]

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