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About colealpaugh

Cole Alpaugh began his newspaper career in the early 1980's at a daily paper on Maryland's Eastern Shore, where he covered everything from bake sales to KKK meetings. He moved on to a paper in Massachusetts to specialize in feature essays, where his stories on a Hispanic youth gang and the life of a Golden Gloves boxer won national awards. His most recent newspaper job was at a large daily in Central New Jersey, where he was given the freedom to pursue more "true life" essays, including award winning pieces on a traveling rodeo, and an in-depth story on an emergency room doctor. The doctor's story ended when the physician brought back to life an elderly woman who'd once been his children's babysitter. The essay was nominated by Gannett News Service for a 1991 Pulitzer Prize. Cole also did work for two Manhattan-based news agencies, covering conflicts in Haiti, Panama, Nicaragua, El Salvador, and guerrilla raids conducted out of the refugee camps along the Thai/Cambodia boarder. His work has appeared in dozens of magazines, as well as most newspapers in America. Cole is currently a freelance photographer and writer living in Northeast Pennsylvania, where he spends his afternoons watching his daughter hit fuzzy yellow balls and ski through slalom gates. You can find him online at

What, Me Worry?

Worried about transgender soldiers simultaneously serving our country and destroying America? Let’s easily solve this by making one change: stop worrying about it. Turn off Hannity and Laura Ingraham and Rush. Trust me on this: you’re being brainwashed into embracing … Continue reading

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(Blind) Human Rights For Dummies

Chapter 1 You are in charge of a large staff of middle-aged white men. Congratulations on your success! But you face a dilemma when seeking a new hire. A black man applies, and it’s whispered in your ear that it … Continue reading

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Who needs to ratchet it down?

“As your congressman on the House floor, I will do anything short of shooting them. Anything that is lawful, it needs to be done because illegal aliens need to quit taking jobs from American citizens.” – Rep. Mo Brooks, one … Continue reading

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Quote of the Day

“I’m Muslim, I’m Jewish, I’m Buddhist, I’m everybody ’cause I’m a people person.” – Shaquille O’Neal

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What $20 Billion Buys

Trump’s wall will cost $20 billion. The new Evergreen Elementary School in Lake Ariel, PA, cost $20 million. The wall is the financial equivalent to building 1000 new, state-of-the art middle schools. There are 500 school districts in PA, which … Continue reading

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Meals on Wheels

Our relatively low income family takes enormous pride in helping veterans remain in their homes with a meal or two each day. It is a small tax burden we welcome.

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The Stink Found on High Moral Ground

It’s interesting to hear my close friends gripe about the “lazy” people their hard-earned dollars are wasted upon. These are small business owners who’ve put everything on the line to scrape by, have left blood, sweat, and a few tears … Continue reading

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Message to School Board Members:

“We see the world not as it is, but as we are.” – Stephen Covey

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Are You Smarter Than A Physician?

An example of school guidance to be followed.

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the withering hate argument …

“Which bathroom? C’mon, spit it out!”

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