I quit smoking; you can too!

(Note to readers: Several people who want to quit smoking recently emailed me and asked if I would again publish the following column. It was originally published in the Aug. 23, 2013 Newsleaders.) I quit smoking. Twice. The first time was in 1987. For six months. All it took is “just one” cigarette. Hooked again. […]


We ditched Mickey-Mantle Dickie

Every early summer, my thoughts often turn to watermelon, the St. Cloud Municipal Swimming Pool, the St. Cloud Library, the cabins at Beaver Lake near Luxemburg, Barden Park, marbles and baseball cards. Those things more or less define, at least in memory, my happy summers in the 1950s. We kids would gorge on watermelon, spitting […]

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Goodbye from Ron Scarbro

Ron Scarbro, St. Simons Island, Ga. For the past 10 years, it has been my good pleasure to submit and have columns published in your newspaper. It has been fun. Throughout the years, I have developed a constituency throughout the Newsleaders service area. I know because I regularly hear from people I don’t even know. I […]


Newsleader apologizes for column smearing immigrants

A column by guest-writer Ron Scarbro published in the May 6 Sauk Rapids-Rice and St. Joseph Newsleader brought anger and even outrage from some readers. We admit those responses are justified. Scarbro, a former Sartell resident, moved several years ago to Georgia. For more than 10 years he has been a guest column for the […]


‘But, mom, I LIKE elephants!’

‘But, mom, I like elephants!’ One of my long-time hobbies has been collecting favorite sayings. I have a big fat file filled with quotes and sayings, many of them clipped from newspapers and magazines, some of them said by famous people. Most of them, though, are wonderful remarks made by friends, relatives and even overheard […]


White privilege? Another liberal myth

I’ve heard a lot about this lately. It is in the news, on television, and on the Iternet. I’m talking about “white privilege.” When I first heard the term I was puzzled. What on earth could this mean? I decided to do some research. It turns out the term “white privilege” is another liberal invention […]


‘Blonde on Blonde’ is gift that keeps giving

A special birthday is just around the bend – May 16. On that day, 50 years ago, Bob Dylan gave a great gift to the world, an album called Blonde on Blonde. And it was a great big gift – a double album. What songs! Fourteen masterworks. Blonde on Blonde has long been not only […]


Pest control includes BS, HYPE and DONALD’S in 2016

(Editor’s note: Any written comments on this post or in a letter to editor for print must include first and last names in order to be published) You discover your house is infested with pests and vermin. You know if you don’t act, the foundation will be destroyed and the structure will come tumbling […]