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A public safety problem that can no longer be ignored

on Tuesday, 31 October 2017. Posted in Columns, Opinions

As I’ve travelled the state over the years, it hasn’t been uncommon for members of the law enforcement community to bring up issues that concern them. And gang activity is one subject that often comes up. No longer just a big city issue, gang activity is

Faith, hope, love and trust

on Tuesday, 31 October 2017. Posted in Columns, Opinions

For several years, an article entitled “Six Little Stories” has been posted on various websites, blogs, Facebook and circulated through email. These short stories, actually comments from different sources, offer great descriptions of faith, hope, love, tr

The skinny on being overweight

on Tuesday, 24 October 2017. Posted in Columns, Opinions

For the first time ever, overweight people outnumber average people in America. Doesn’t that make overweight the average then? Last month you were fat, now you’re average – hey, let’s get a pizza! Jay Leno You never really know how fat you are until you s

These are some of my favorite quotes

on Tuesday, 17 October 2017. Posted in Columns, Opinions

I’d like to share a few of may favorite quotes which I have been collecting as I come across them. This above all; to thine own self be true. Happiness is where we find it, but very rarely where we seek it. William Shakespeare The greatest leader is not n

Florence, a great place to call home

on Tuesday, 10 October 2017. Posted in Columns, Opinions

I hope you’ve noticed the new question we added to our weekly ‘Neighbors’ feature, appearing on our front page. “What do you like about Florence?” was added this month in conjunction with the city’s promotion of its new brand “Full Life. Full Forward. F

We can always be sure of death and taxes

on Tuesday, 03 October 2017. Posted in Columns, Opinions

There’s an old saying attributed to Benjamin Franklin: “...in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” In light of the discussions in Congress about lowering taxes, maybe our elected officials should consider abolishing some

Did they really say that?

on Tuesday, 26 September 2017. Posted in Columns, Opinions

You’ve heard the expression “egg on your face.” Consider these rejections and comments on talent, business ideas and inventions: “We don’t like their sound, and guitar music is on the way out.” – Decca Recording Co. rejecting the Beatles, 1962. “A cook

A bit of humor with a dab of wisdom

on Tuesday, 19 September 2017. Posted in Columns, Opinions

A clear conscience is the sign of a fuzzy memory. Abstinence is a good thing if practiced in moderation. If pride comes before a fall, humility should come by winter. The first five days after the weekend are the hardest. Ants are healthy because the

September days are here

on Tuesday, 12 September 2017. Posted in Columns, Opinions

“September days are here With summer’s best of weather And autumn’s best of cheer.” – Helen Hunt Jackson Welcome September! This month boasts more than 150 monthly holidays. One that appeals to me is “Be Kind To Editors & Writers Month.” I just thought

A dose of trivia to brighten your day

on Tuesday, 05 September 2017. Posted in Columns, Opinions

Johnny Cash’s “A Boy Named Sue” was penned by beloved children’s author Shel Silverstein. Brenda Lee was only 13 when she recorded “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree.” When asked why he chose the name Piggly Wiggly, founder Clarence Saunders said, “So

You just gotta laugh at these

on Tuesday, 29 August 2017. Posted in Columns, Opinions

Here are some humorous headlines shared by Ed Henniger in his blog, hennigerconsulting.com Survivor of Siamese twins joins parents Iraqi head seeks arms Stud tires out Prostitutes appeal to Pope Soviet virgin lands short of goal again Reagan wins on

Mama always said . . .

on Tuesday, 22 August 2017. Posted in Columns, Opinions

There are many things that our mamas said to us that we will always remember. I guess it’s because she repeated them so many times. Below are some sayings from my mom, as well as the moms of some of my co-workers: “You can do anything you set your mind to

Reasons for missing school

on Tuesday, 15 August 2017. Posted in Columns, Opinions

Students and teachers head back to school this week, so it won’t be long before teachers will start seeing absences. Following are some entertaining excuse notes from parents (with original spelling), collected by schools from all over the country. Note:

Are these strange food combinations?

on Tuesday, 08 August 2017. Posted in Columns, Opinions

I recently stumbled onto a website that listed strange food combinations enjoyed by people in our state. The article was written two years ago by Gwen Tennille. Banana and mayo sandwiches was first on her list. Nothing strange about that to me – I love ‘

Farewell to the old Delmae

on Tuesday, 01 August 2017. Posted in Columns, Opinions

It was sad for me to watch the demolition of Delmae Heights Elementary School. Good old Delmae was my alma mater. I started first grade there in 1957 – the year it opened. Back then we didn’t have public kindergarten. The school offered grades 1 through
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