Commentary

Mother’s Day is not just a one-day-a-year thought for Staci Richards, busy mom and business owner. She thinks about it almost every day all year long. And the thinking and work she does often goes on far into many nights, as well. It also involves lots of communication, travel, gift buying, wrapping or packaging, and giving and listening. The stories she hears are amazing and ones she’ll never be able to forget.

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Both my maternal and paternal grandmothers rocked in old wooden rocking chairs, and I clearly remember swinging back and forth on the old metal glider behind Mama Cole’s house. She had placed the glider near the back of the house where the afternoon shade gave us some relief from the hot Georgia sun and where we could observe her beautiful garden growing. It was there that I learned the basic facts of life and that she loved me with an unconditional and undying love.

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Q. I bought a new puppy. Shortly after we took it home it became very sick and died. Our vet told us the dog was sick when be bought it. We asked the seller for our money back or a new puppy and she refused. What are our rights?

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As a user of alternative telephone services for several years, I have been very satisfied with their performance. All of them use some variety of VoIP, or Voice over Internet Protocol, to send voice-grade telephone conversations over the Internet, terminating at the recipient’s local phone service (landline or cellular), which ultimately connects the call to his or her local phone. Over the years I have used the voice features of Yahoo!

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In case you have not heard the news, on July 9, 2012, hundreds of thousands of computers will lose access to the Internet. This is not some hoax or urban legend, but a fact announced by the FBI.

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Living in United States to attend college was supposed to be temporary for Iranian born Sina Nejad. And while relationships between the U.S. and Iran were strained, Nejad could not have imagined he would never be able to go home again. But politics and revolution intervened and in 1977, Nejad found himself stranded in the United States, specifically in Beaumont, Texas.

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Some time ago, I wrote about an early beta (pre-release) version of Microsoft’s free Mr. Fixit utility. With the early beta test now closed, I am happy to report that Mr. Fixit is alive and well and offering many times more free fixes than it did when I first reviewed it. Mr.

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Q. Can a debt collector call a person at work? I work as a receptionist for a company that often gets collection calls for an employee who works here. This person is unable to take the calls because he works out in the field. The calls are very harassing because they are often rude and have even resorted to calling me names because of my refusal to take these kinds of messages. What can be done to stop these calls?

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It never amazes me anymore when I try and help people having computer problems, often performance related, and find that their hard drives are so badly cluttered with useless garbage that hard drive performance is seriously degraded. While there are many potential causes of poor computer performance, one of the easiest problems to detect and remedy is hard drive clutter.

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With the 2012 Major League Baseball season starting in earnest this week, it seemed only natural to use a baseball term when describing the downtown revitalization of Port Arthur.

It’s been in a slump of legendary proportions.

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