Category Archives: People & Interests

Firearms as a hobby

Here was a classic example of a negative image about something that was manufactured by the mainstream news media. The actual truth is that guns can be great fun and a rewarding hobby. Guns are not inherently evil. A baseball bat that is used as weapon is not evil, it is the end user who engages in the wrongdoing, not the object.

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False advertising and the post-honeymoon truth, Part I

But what if there is a method behind the madness of love’s deception? Rather than feeling duped by our partners once the proverbial honeymoon is over or shamefully deceitful towards our partners when our own true colors reveal their shady hues, we might consider that the fraud perpetrated by both parties and our unhappiness with the “truth” are actually motivators. Mother Nature’s incentive behind the blissful state of falling in love could be to compel us to look at and change things about ourselves that we otherwise wouldn’t look at or change.

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Small Business Spotlight: Sullivan’s Pin-ups

“We didn’t invent the pinup photography thing,” Bonnie says. “Our services aren’t necessarily unique to us, but the experience is.” Both Sullivans participate in every shoot to get a collection of the best shots possible, a personal touch you’re unlikely to find elsewhere: “male eye” vs “female eye.” That eye for a client’s most flattering angles has garnered them a devout national fan base, despite their lack of professional training. “Women always want to feel gorgeous and have a chance to be in the spotlight for even a day, which is the experience offered in our studio.”

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Vet of the Month: Jim Setzer

Jim Setzer was born and raised in northwestern New Jersey and enlisted in the Army in January 1969. After completing basic training at Fort Dix and advanced training at Fort Monmouth, he was qualified in the Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) of Cryptographic Equipment Repairman and sent to a security post near Bad Aibling, Germany, arriving Halloween night 1969. The specific mission of the unit was a classified operation of the U.S. Army Security Agency, a military forerunner of the National Security Agency, with origins dating to the First World War.

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Sunday Night in Stroudsburg

The Featured Act for tonight’s Open Mic was a band from the Wilkes-Barre area called Folk by Default, highlighting guitarist Brian and singer Kayla. Their set was a medley of beautifully done, well-written covers. The band also performed several original pieces. The instrumental was technical and managed to flow very well, while Kayla’s range was incredible and absolutely gorgeous. I spoke to Kayla and Brian after the show and asked them about Folk by Default. Turns out the group was formed by classical singer Kayla, whose singing is clearly influenced by Hayley Williams of Paramore. Folk by Default’s style is described as Pop Punk that evolved from Classic Punk. The show was enjoyable overall.

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Situational awareness and your personal security, Part II

The following describes an actual event from my life. I am a traveler, adventurer, and seeker of knowledge, among other things. I was looking for some tactical pistol training and found a school in Tennessee that offered a “Fighting Pistol Class.” I did my homework, checked out the class and the instructor, and signed up to attend. This particular class was structured around 50 percent classroom time and 50 percent range time (range time is actually shooting at targets). I liked the idea of classroom time simply because there is much to learn about being an armed citizen. Note that this was a two-day class.

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National Parks: America’s Treasures

Summertime. Kids are out of school and families take to the road. The Independent Gazette also took to the highway this past month as we began our documentary on our country’s national parks and treasures. As one shop owner in West Yellowstone, a small Montana community and the Western gateway to the granddaddy of all national parks, Yellowstone, said, “Where else can a family come these days and visit such beauty and experience nature in its natural state for so little?” And we agree.

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The hands-off approach

Ten years ago, Smeltzer saw a theremin for sale. He said that he bought it as a joke. “I did some homework. Not much has been done, not much competition, so it kind of made sense at the time to disappear. I disappeared for three years and just practiced that ridiculous thing.”

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Vet of the Month: Fred T. Buch

During the course of his service, Fred was stationed in Saudi Arabia. He arrived prior to the first Gulf War, helping to build a camp from which stealth bombers would restock and take off on missions. “We were the first in and then last out,” he recalled. He said that the bombers would take off in the middle of the night, their engines so powerful that the ground would rumble. Luckily, he worked night shift at the time, so they didn’t interrupt his sleep.

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Arts on the Square

The event will showcase artists and their crafts, including painting, photography, jewelry, fashion design, food and wine, woodwork and ceramics. Powers said there will be more than 100 vendors displaying, selling, and connecting. Two stages will be erected, sponsored by SummerSteps Records and Highway 81 Revisited, where eight different bands and musical acts will perform throughout the day.

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