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About two years ago, I upgraded my traditional cell phone to a (then) state-of-the-art Nokia smartphone running the latest version of the Symbian operating system. With that smartphone I had 3G Internet speeds, could read my e-mail, watch YouTube videos, browse Web sites and download any of the hundreds of Symbian apps then available.

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One of our most beautiful imports into the American plant world is the Princess Lily, which originated on the slopes of South America. They are found in Brazil and the Andes in Chile. The Princess Lilies are a series of plants belonging to the Alstroemeria family. We can consider these beauties hardy perennials. You can find them in pinks, rose, red and lavender shades.

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Now that the party primaries are mostly behind us with only a few July 31 runoffs standing between voters and the November elections, there is ample cause for concern for a political landscape that has been radically altered by the Supreme Court decision in the Citizens United case. The ruling that corporations have the same free speech rights as individuals would have confounded the Founding Fathers, even in a time before such massive wealth was concentrated in so few hands.

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If you have a television set, you could not have missed the almost nonstop commercials attacking Mike “Tuffy” Hamilton. What happened to Tuffy is an example of intolerance and legislative bullying.

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Working really hard and giving your best effort in an attempt to carry out a plan or to meet a goal for someone else can end in negative feelings when the other person doesn’t seem to understand or value our contribution. We are disappointed. There are times when we honestly feel we have followed the orders or instructions we were given only to have them change in midstream. We wanted the person or people to see it our way or to at least give verbal acknowledgement to the fact that we tried.

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