Author: Jim Furlong

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(From the May 13-19 issue)
I felt for the council of Springdale a few weeks ago and the controversy over its decision not to paint the rainbow symbol on a town crosswalk to show support for the LGBTQ community. 
The problem is the reaction to council’s “No” decision. The town

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I remember telling you a year or more ago that I no longer drove the Outer Ring Road in St. John’s when it was raining because that road, when wet, was simply too dangerous.
There are ruts in the Outer Ring that make it look like the old Oregon Trail

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When we headed back to St. John’s from Port aux Basques, we had no sense of the trip being a part of history. We had come out to Port aux Basques as the west-bound part of the express train Caribou that ran on across Newfoundland. The nickname Newfie Bullet never

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Strangely enough Easter doesn’t jump up in our psyche and confront us the same way Christmas does. Christmas is a birthday. Easter is a crucifixion with death, and rebirth and speaks directly to the central theme of Christianity; redemption. That is what Christianity is all about; being saved; being redeemed.

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Regular readers will know that, although there are exceptions, I’m not crazy about politicians as a general rule. It’s not that they are evil, but you just want to keep an eye on them. I find them chameleon-like and quite often motivated by self-interest.
Politicians will take on the form

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We knew in our inner hearts that winter wasn’t quite over. There is lots of room in March for storms. Actually, until a few years ago the largest snowfall record in St. John’s was on a day in early April. Nevertheless, this year in mid-February there was one glorious week

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