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So here we have a fellow, Ed Varno, by name, who lost his driver’s license about four years ago after a felony DWI conviction and also after being seriously in arrears on child support payments, which I actually didn’t know could cost you your license, but it can. He had to make good on the support payments, he had to pay some $2,000 in fines for the DWI, and he had to go through alcohol ...

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July 1, 2012
10:19 a.m.

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What a disappointment to hear that we'll only be reading "The View From Here" once per week. But this is a wonderful chance to say "Thank you" for so many thought-provoking, humorous and worthwhile columns up to now. Here's wishing you the very happiest of (semi-)retirements!

July 1, 2012
11:38 a.m.

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I'm sorry too. Your column is actually the main thing that keeps me subscribed to the Gazette. Whether one agrees with you or not, your voice is clear, direct, intelligent, good-humored, and without jargon, name-calling, or vulgar insinuations. And it's always independent——pragmatic rather than ideological. All these things are pretty rare in contemporary 'opinion' journalism by my impressionistic estimate. I'm glad you'll still be there on Sunday, but I'll really miss you those other days. I hope you find equally good use for your freed-up time. Thanks for all the behind-the-scenes views and common-sense judgments you've offered.

July 1, 2012
8:19 p.m.

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Yikes! Best wishes Carl, but I will miss your common sense and sterling-quality prose. I place you among the great columnists of the past 50 years (my reading life).

July 1, 2012
8:32 p.m.

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Your opinions aren't always right, but your facts are. I'll miss your column during the week.

July 1, 2012
8:51 p.m.

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I too have enjoyed your column - even the ones I disagreed with you about. You have certainly earned the reward of retirement and I will look forward to reading the Sunday Gazette to see what you have to say.

July 2, 2012
7:44 a.m.

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Carl, For years I have enjoyed your columns even on the days when they pissed me off! Alas, I now will have to settle for being pissed off just on Sundays.

July 2, 2012
10:28 a.m.

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I don't see how you could sustain the frequency you did, Carl. congratulations and thanks for the interest you've shown in our community and your reporting on same. Well done!

July 2, 2012
11:47 a.m.

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Carl - Some things increase in value the more scarce they become...Prescious metals, for instance. Also visits by skunks.

Seriously though, I will enjoy all the more reading you on Monday mornings...

July 2, 2012
12:47 p.m.

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Carl - I have to agree with the gang. Happy Retirement.
Who's going to keep the 'ducks' in line?

July 2, 2012
8:54 p.m.

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Carl, as a teacher who spent 34 years with 8-12 year olds before retiring on my exorbitant pension, I don't know what to say...

... except, "Thank you." for your years of enjoyment and information. Make good use of your parole time; I'll look forward to the Sunday edition, despite all those ads and flyers. :)

Your columns have been the highlight of my subscription for years.

July 3, 2012
7:22 a.m.

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I'll take whatever I can get. I have enjoyed reading your thought provoking take on so many subjects for many years. Sunday will now be known as Carl's Day in my house. I know how much you love dogs so get yourself a big old slobbery, affectionate pooch to take on long walks. Great for your health and you may meet lots of interesting folks along the way. Enjoy your (almost) retirement Carl. You will be missed but it is well earned.

July 8, 2012
7:38 p.m.

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Hmm. You are only going to sound forth opinions on Sunday? Starting a church? :)
I hope you enjoy retirement and know how much your writing has stimulated good discussion. Let me know if you want to test your skills in a pulpit.

- Rev. Bill Levering