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Once the warm weather hits, it becomes more difficult to carry an editorial theme throughout a personal column. Well, it sure does for me. But that provides an incentive and opportunity to run an occasional “quick hits” column with short, succinct (i.e. half-baked) opinions.

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Just before heading off to dreamland late Monday night, I had a flashing light-bulb inspiration for my next column in The Athens NEWS. I’d write a “quick takes” review of all 23 of the current Democratic candidates for U.S. president.

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It seemed like a routine walk in our rural subdivision April 29 evening after dinner. That was until Jax the dog and I completed our lap around the circle and got welcomed back by a pulsating mass of honeybees about 25 feet from our front door.

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Sometimes when I’m awed and amazed by the power, utility and reach of the internet and social media, I need to rein in my enthusiasm and remind myself to not act like a rube who’s totally blown away by that electric toothbrush.

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It’s gratifying to see Nelsonville City Council bow to public pressure and table an amended ordinance that would have made life difficult for some of the city’s main attractions, including Stuart’s Opera House and its annual Music Festival.

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With all the talk of socialism lately, prompted by various Democratic Party presidential candidates proudly owning the term, I’m proposing something here that 1) has no logical counter-argument; and 2) has no prayer of ever becoming reality in this country.

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When I start to think, “Hey, I’m not that old,” the one thing that will snap me out of that silly fantasy is the realization that I’ve been at The Athens NEWS for EVERY SINGLE ONE of our Best of Athens Readers’ Choice Awards. And there have been 30 of them, counting this year’s.