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Craig Marshall Smith
Quiet Desperation

Battling at backgammon — that’s just how we roll

It is one man against one woman, without handicap or charity or concession. There is strategy and there is luck. There is grit and there is determination. Words are said in the heat of competition …
Craig Marshall Smith
Quiet Desperation

Looks like America isn’t good enough for America’s pastime

Play ball. The 2019 Major League Baseball season is about to get underway. Did I just hear yawns? Attendance was down at 17 MLB stadiums last year from the year before. There are a number of theories …
Craig Marshall Smith
Quiet Desperation

Choices resonate like the sound of a gong

I’ll take Door Number 2. We’re all vulnerable to the choices we make. The college we go to, the city we move to, the job we take, the man or woman we date or marry, and whether to have children …
Craig Marshall Smith
Quiet Desperation

And now, in the great tradition of newspaper haiku contests

Maybe the time of the year, and a series of snows, contributed to the haiku contest’s success. Winter, someone said, “forms our character and brings out our best.” I hoped for a dozen entries. …

Craig Marshall Smith
Quiet Desperation

Sadly, there’s no such thing as an influencer vaccine

Jennifer said, “I watched a great documentary about the Fyre Festival.” I am systematically out of touch, with the hope and intention of keeping it that way. I told her I didn’t know what she …
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Letter to the editor: Greetings Colorado!

How are you doing today? I am writing to you as part of a class project for the novel “The Watsons Go To Birmingham.” My classmates and I are contacting newspapers across the country in a …

Letter to the Editor: Sales tax increase for roads is unjust

It is misguided to have a sales tax to fix roads. There is already a tax assessed for that purpose — the gas tax, in which users pay at the pump. To assess a sales tax to fix our roads is like …
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