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Picking a smartphone just the beginning

I completed a personality-leadership self assessment survey a few years ago at a conference I was attending to get a better idea of my strengths and weaknesses.

Even after four years, there   is so much more to know

You know how things grow on you in time?

Saturday Sub: Turns out we are not exclusively inclusive-challenged

Is Bluffton an inclusive community? The consensus seems to be a pretty firm “no.” Are we shocked? Perhaps we shouldn’t be.

When sports collide: Football vs. baseball

Is there a good reason, a really good reason, baseball season has to run right smack into football season? Besides making more money for the major league sports franchises, that is. I am not the most ardent of sports...

Hoosiers need fair Indiana taxes, too

Indiana legislators talked about business taxes last week, while a new report gave a low rating to state taxes on ordinary citizens. A “blue ribbon” commission on state tax policy heard an expert say Indiana’s tax...

A full notepad from Street Fair, Chicago’s ‘Tilt,’ petition race

After a busier-than-normal week,  it’s time for this reporter to clear out his full notepad.

Knowing people, and knowing about people

I was walking the length of the Bluffton Free Street Fair’s opening-night parade in 2008, looking at the — dare I say it?

Saturday Sub — I just need to turn around less often

It happens four times a year.

Just Jerry — Street Fair eat-overs abound in Bluffton

Let me begin this week’s column with an apology to my daughters’ teachers.

Rita remembered for her always-present, warm smile

Nearly a year ago, in late October 2013, Rita Baumgartner came into the News-Banner flanked by family and friends.

Bluffton schools are No. 1

Bluffton is No. 1!

Saturday Sub — How it’s supposed to work in small communities

They have a plan and they’re working on it together.

Unmanageable debt

This letter is in response to Mr. Wayne Barker’s letter that appeared in the Bluffton News-Banner on Monday, Sept. 8, 2014.

Just Jerry — Street Fair Fever coming to Bluffton

It’s that time of year again, Bluffton, and I am ready.

Angelkeep Journals — Patriot Day at Angelkeep

Patriot Day is better known as 9/11.

Ready for autumn and Bluffton’s big fall festival

The calendar says that autumn is still two full weeks away, but I had my first taste of fall last weekend and am still savoring it.

On Dad’s 86th birthday, a reflection on his life

My sister started a conversation the other night with two very simple words: “Do not.”

Superintendent addresses school project issues

As the petition/remonstrance period draws to a close on Sept. 15, I would like to address some common issues that have been brought to my attention from community members.

Saturday Sub: The unintended consequences of open enrollment

Somewhat like Murphy’s Law, “If something can go wrong, it will”, the Law of Unintended Consequences has been the subject of social studies and social commentary for decades. Examples abound. Historically, the...

Just Jerry — Whatever happened to cool cars?

You know what I miss? Car radio knobs.

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