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LARRY PHILLIPS: Law seeks to effectively regulate synthetic drugs

In recent years, there has been a significant increase in the production, evolution, and sale of synthetic drugs. Informed observers explain that the term “synthetic drugs” is used to describe a wide range of ever-changing man-made chemical products created specifically to mimic the effects of illicit drugs. Recent reports show that the products are often marketed as harmless fragrances and legally sold in convenience stores and online under the guise of incense or potpourri but that the drugs can be as dangerous as many illicit drugs with the same potential to cause adverse life-altering or lethal consequences. Additional concern surrounds the fact that these drugs are generally not detectable on drug tests.

MOMENTS WITH THE MINISTER: The great ocean of truth

This Pluto stuff amazes me. Ever since I was a child I have been intrigued by our solar system and space itself. I remember staring up into the sky wondering how big the universe was and debating whether it went on forever or had some end. Neither option really made sense to me which just added to the wonder of it all. So to see pictures of Pluto like we’ve never seen before has just been simply fascinating.

LARRY PHILLIPS: Fireworks and child-care providers

The 84th Legislative Session came to an end on June 1. There were 6,276 bills and 200 constitutional amendments filed this session. Of these, 1,282 bills have passed into law. Over the next few weeks, I will write about some of the legislation that was passed this session.

MOMENTS WITH THE MINISTER: I am, says Jesus

In the gospel of John we hear and learn some things about Jesus that we don’t hear in the other gospels. Jesus makes himself known in some very descriptive ways through several statements that begin with, “I am.” “I am the good shepherd,” he tells us. “I am the true vine.” “I am the water of life.” “I am the resurrection and the life.” In the 6th chapter of John there is a long conversation that takes place between Jesus, his followers, and the traditionally religious people after he tells them, “I am the living bread that came down from heaven.”

LARRY PHILLIPS: Bills boost benefits for vets

The 84th Legislative Session came to an end on June 1. There were 6,276 bills and 200 constitutional amendments filed this session. Of these, 1,282 bills have passed into law. Over the next few weeks, I will write about some of the legislation that was passed this session.

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Man watched Hornsby play at home, in Cincinnati

A rearranging of the little office at my house has produced some early columns that deserve a rewrite today. One is a letter from Denisonian Ed Abshire who remembered watching the Denison great Rogers Hornsby play in Denison, then watching him play in Cincinnati after Abshire moved to that city.

Creepy ads

There was an unspoken agreement between advertisers and the American public for decades, it seemed: Don’t advertise Christmas before Thanksgiving. In turn, when the time comes, we’ll spend billions on gadgets and cardigans for our loved ones. It was only a handshake agreement — on one side, good taste exercised by the capitalists on Madison Avenue, and on the other, the invisible hand of the market that kept our county rolling in the proverbial dough.

The time tax

There is no cross traffic. You’re sitting at a red light, dutifully obeying the law by keeping your vehicle motionless. You can see five blocks to your left, four blocks to the right. It’s an unimpeded view. There is no cross traffic.

ESPN drops the ball

When Nelson Mandela died Thursday, the cable news networks had wall-to-wall coverage — the man was 95 and in poor health, so needless to say, they were prepared. Facebook blew up with comments from seemingly every person on earth who felt the need to weigh-in on his passing. Most websites had banners proclaiming the event. It was all very nice and good and predictable; his story was well-worth publicizing.

The Fox hunt

Newton’s Third Law famously talks about actions and reactions, and the relationship thereof. The law’s history of use in speeches (and yes, newspaper ledes) is far too long already, so I’ll avoid reprinting its full text in this space, if only to avoid being completely derivative in my introduction.