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'Dawn" of the Missed Opportunity

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By Kevin Thomas

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Sequels can be a mixed bag. Occasionally, a sequel can rise above its predecessor (“The Godfather Part Two” and “The Dark Knight” are examples of this), but most of the time, sequels do not meet the expectations set by their predecessors, sometimes to glaringly disappointing effect. I am extremely sad to report that “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” falls in the latter category. Read More»

'Echo' is Entertaining, Entertaining, Entertaining

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By Kevin Thomas

In 1999, the world was introduced to “The Blair Witch Project”, a movie about a group of film study students who recorded everything they saw with a hand-held camera. Read More»

These 'Stars" Have Very Bright Futures

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By Kevin Thomas

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I am not a fan of “romantic movies.” This is because Hollywood screenwriters usually go through the motions, having the couple meet up in some quirky way, then having them form a hastily-assembled relationship so they can have sex and earn that oh-so-coveted PG-13 to sell tickets instead of crafting a real relationship with their characters. Read More»

This 'Dragon" flies into darker territory

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Cruise’s new thriller will have you on the ‘edge’ of your seat

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In 1988, Bill Murray starred in a romantic comedy called “Groundhog Day,” a film where he was forced to repeat the same day repeatedly until his conflict was resolved. I do not remember how “Groundhog Day” ended because I was not a fan of it. I felt extremely annoyed seeing the same thing over again with minor modifications. I know it’s a fantasy, but I simply cannot wrap my head around two people falling in love with each other if they do not remember the connection they shared the previous day. Read More»

An Editorial Opinion – Extreme Court flirts with tyranny

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The following are edited excerpts from the dissenting opinion written by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia in the case involving the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). The court overturned the law last week by a 5-to-4 vote.

The Citizen endorses Justice Scalia’s opinion.

This case is about power in several respects. It is about the power of our people to govern themselves, and the power of this Court to pronounce the law. Today’s opinion aggrandizes the latter, with the predictable consequence of diminishing the former. Read More»

Preparing to buy your first home

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By TONY WILHELM
Special to The Citizen

(Part One in a three part series)

Purchasing a home should be a dream come true, but poor planning can turn it into a nightmare. To make the process as stress-free as possible, it is important to follow the right steps, in order, as you begin your search. Read More»

What the fiscal cliff deal means to homeowners

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By Mary Watts
Special to The Citizen

On January 1, the Senate and House passed H.R. 8 legislation to avert the “Fiscal Cliff.” The bill was signed into law by President Obama on January 2. So what does that mean to you as a homeowner? There are several specifics of the agreement that directly affect homeowners. Make sure that you are aware of the following when developing your 2013 Financial Plan. Read More»

Ask Father Paul

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Answers to your questions about life, religion and the Bible

Pastors get some of the most interesting questions from people they meet and people in their congregations.  Here are a few questions that I have gotten over the years and via email for this column,

Dear Father Paul:  Is hell real?  Who made hell?  God?  If so, why?  — Shawn
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Unemployment: Lessons of history

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By Richard K. Vedder and Lowell E. Gallaway

If we ask the question, “Are there lessons to be learned from history?,” the likely answer is, “Yes.” On the other hand, if we inquire, “Do we learn from the patterns of history?,” the probable answer, regrettably, is, “No.”

To illustrate this cognitive dissonance, all we need do is explore the history of the last two major business cycle downturns in America, that beginning in the third quarter of 1981 (National Bureau of Economic Research dating) and the present episode, which the NBER dates as commencing in the fourth quarter of 2007. Read More»