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In 2018, “Tomb Raider,” starring Alicia Vikander, was released. The movie was an uncomplicated action-adventure film based on a tired intellectual property. Vikander was a charismatic lead, but even her presence couldn’t save this movie from mediocrity. Read more

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It was a noble cause for Gov. Ricketts to dispatch the Nebraska State Patrol to the Texas/Mexican border to save mother’s and children from dying in the desert.

In a sweeping, 72-point executive order on competition, the Biden Administration announced it was taking dead aim at the heavily concentrated “multinational companies (that) increasingly dominate markets for crops, chemicals, seeds, and meat,” reported Bloomberg.

I unironically love 1996’s “Space Jam.” How could I not? The movie combined two of my favorite pop culture icons at the time: Michael Jordan and the Looney Tunes. I know the plot was messy, and Jordan’s acting wasn’t up to snuff, but there was plenty for me to love as a kid growing up in the ’90s.

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Richard Kroger of Omaha died in early July. Rich and I graduated from Hastings High in 1964. We both worked part time through high school.

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“Black Widow” opens with a flashback sequence that takes audiences back to before Natasha Romanoff was a Russian spy turned Avenger. In this sequence, she is just a young girl biking on the street of a city in Ohio and eyeing fireflies with a twinkle in her eye. These are the days of innocen…

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Accent rugs are nice but there are times when you can’t find the exact right color, shape or fiber combination to suit your personal home decor. Here are simple tips when choosing fibers for making your own area rug.

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I would like to thank all the different groups of people who have taken their time to do community work in our lovely Heartwell Park.

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2021 has been an exciting year of moviegoing for me. I have seen plenty of movies from genres that I would normally skip. “The Marksman” reminded me that Liam Neeson is still a force to reckon with in thrillers. “Mortal Kombat” convinced me that gratuitous violence could be fun in action fil…

Circular knitting — knitting in the round — is a way to make garments and home decor items. The item can be tube shaped or square and oftentimes is seamless. I like knitting in the round because I really don’t like stitching seams together. My favorite sweater pattern is made in one piece on…

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Martin Luther King, Jr. once famously said that “The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character–that is the goal of true education.”

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I agree with Richard French that we should preserve the 16th Street overpass (Voice of the People, June 3).

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I am delighted that crowds got to see (and some even flew inside) the vintage B-29 Boeing Superfortress that was built in my birth city of Wichita, Kansas, and which my late father Bill Marples and aunt Ina Marples, had a hand in its original construction during World War II.

Summertime brings a lot of outside activities and tasks (e.g., gardening) that take up a lot of time. I must have had such a busy weekend last week that I didn’t realize June 12 was worldwide Knit in Public Day. How could I miss such an important date?

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Not long ago, Gov. Pete Rickets wasted our tax dollars making useless proclamations about being opposed to the federal government taking away our guns.

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It takes a real small person to remove decorations from graves.

When I sat down to see “Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway,” I was sure I would hate the experience. But, in a shocking twist, I think I was the one in the audience who enjoyed it the most. The families around me were silent while I snickered in my seat quietly. I would have been louder, but I thou…

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Recently, I have read various letters to Voice of the People in support of or against the idea of getting the COVID-19 vaccination.

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There was something almost magical about her. Gretchen Lainson was poised, generous, smart and kind. She loved music and art and good books and garden flowers. She wrote large checks and small notes of encouragement. She gave liberally to causes that enriched the community. She shared compas…

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There have been several jokes starting “I have enough money to last me the rest of my life ...” Jackie Mason’s punch line is “unless I buy something.” Henny Youngman’s is “if I die by four o’clock.” I know someone who seriously claimed that she had so much money she wouldn’t be able to spend…

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Back in the fall of 1997, my wife Ruth was having a stressful year as a first-year teacher, and two of her very kind colleagues and their husbands invited the two of us out for a Friday evening at the Listening Room in downtown Hastings.

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Let’s get the obvious out of the way. We didn’t need a Cruella de Vil origin film. But we have one, so the question to ask is, “Was it successful?” In many ways, it was. The most apparent successes of the movie were the costumes and production design.

With extremely cold temperatures this winter and concerns about COVID-19, you may be anxious to get outside and enjoy the sunshine. Summer is finally here (hurray!) and there are healthy ways to enjoy the great outdoors. But beware, mosquitoes and ticks that breed and mature in summer months…

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“A Quiet Place Part II” is a master class of tension-building and a brilliant follow-up to the first film. In the opening, writer/director/actor John Krasinski presents the audience with a quiet small-town street and a simple trip to the grocery store. With each sound he makes on this journe…

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Andrew McCarty and I don’t agree, but as Thomas Jefferson said “difference of opinion leads to inquiry and inquiry to the truth.”

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Please allow me to share some different perspectives on the need to preserve our 16th Street overpass.

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One day, when I was about 6 years old, my mother went into her sewing supplies and got an empty wooden thread spool and put four small finishing nails on one flat end of the spool. Then, she handed me some yarn and a yarn needle and introduced me to the craft of spool knitting.

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Like “Mortal Kombat,” I don’t think my readers will enjoy “Army of the Dead.” It is full of gratuitous violence and foul language. If neither of those deters you, let me warn you that “Army of the Dead” is a mostly dull and over-dramatic zombie heist movie that I forgot almost immediately.

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In response to the letter by Dave Roth in Voice of the People on May 15:

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