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A Sad Anniversary: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Was Assassinated April 4, 1968

The Nobel Peace Prize winner and civil rights movement leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was shot and killed on April 4, 1968, in Memphis, Tenn. He changed my life forever and I was only 2. My mom used to remind me as I got older of a man who was tired of there being a split in this world. She told of a man who was black and was smarter than anyone would ever be. I was so happy she told me these stories, because I might never have really known about him until I got older.

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Does Your Boss Suck? Five Signs That He/She Does

For the most part, I think people try to do their best. Working hard really is in most of us. My whole life, I've tried to take on more than I should, so that I can improve myself. I have been fired from one job. A couple of weeks after it happened my so-called boss said that he needed someone to be an example. I thought that was a pretty lame excuse considering I wasn't even the one who made the mistake. Guilt by association shouldn't be a thing, but it is. After seeing how that boss handled things and the way he  handled his other employees, it blows my mind that he even got the job in the first place. Should some bosses be bosses, or did they get the job by default?

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Paint Nite In Yakima Was Fun — Have You Ever Gone?

Every now and again, I complain about not having anything to do in the Yakima Valley. But I guess I should have paid closer attention -- there is a ton of stuff to do. I just needed to look harder. Thanks to the great artist Christine Mendoza from Paint Nite Yakima, there is now something really fun to do. I also had no idea I could paint!

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Yakima Valley Libraries Open New Author Series — What Great News!

Reading is so important. It helps you improve your vocabulary and expand your mind. TV has really taken away from our imagination, that's for sure. It is also exciting when our libraries in the Yakima Valley come up with something new for us to discover -- especially new authors for us to read. Yakima Libraries is beginning a new series called "Authors Out Loud." How exciting!

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Penny For Your Thoughts: Government Might Get Rid Of Pennies — But Should They?

It always cracks me up that in the midst of all the turmoil and problems our great nation faces, there is always something completely stupid that a politician does. I mean, how random is it that Republican Sens. Mike Enzi of Wyoming and Arizona's John McCain have introduced a bill that would do away with the penny? 

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Yakima Valley’s ‘Mom & Pop’ Business Owners Day Is March 29 — Always Shop Local First

When I say "Mom & Pop" I mean hardworking local people who have started their own small businesses. Thus, the phrase "Mom & Pop." Starting your own business takes a lot of guts, willpower and some good hard work to keep it going. We have some excellent small businesses in the Yakima Valley. March 29 is National Small Business Day, so I salute them today.

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