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Today's News

  • It's been one month...it's time for a report card

    It’s finally happened. The glow in which our new president had basked has faded.

    One month after President Barack Obama took his oath of office, 60 percent of Americans approve of the job he’s doing, down from 65 percent three weeks ago. The percentage of people who disapprove has increased to 26 percent, up from 16 percent.

    Some would argue that this is due to grumblings among Republicans. But numbers show that in mid-January, the majority of Republicans had a favorable opinion of Obama.

  • Don't wish the ship would sink when you're on board

    As of last Friday President Barack Obama has been in office one month. But from some of the comments I have heard on television and radio, and from individuals, you would think the man had been in office for four or five years.

    It started the day he was sworn into office. Immediately, some of the people over at Fox News were counting the minutes. It was almost as if they were saying,"Well, he's been in office for 30 minutes. Now let's see what he can do."

    The next day, it was, "He's been in office for a whole day and what has he done? Nothing."

  • Needs a vacation after stressing about going on vacation

    Cathy wants to go on a vacation. I told her, “We live in Florida!” I don’t see how we can improve on that! I invited her to sit out on the back steps and enjoy the sun slowly sinking into the Gulf. I volunteered to take her out to Indian Pass and watch the tide roll in. We could stop by Jim McNeil’s store and have a romantic fried scallop sandwich on the way home. I offered to rent a canoe…

  • I'd voice my complaint, but nobody would hear it

    OK...I’m just going to say it, despite the fact that it will make me seem like such an old fogey.

    I am sick of loud, thumping, booming music coming from cars. I hate hearing it when I am working. I hate hearing it at home. I hate hearing it at a stoplight. I hate hearing it alone – OK...it doesn’t matter whether I’m alone, I just wanted to pay tribute to Dr. Seuss.

    But the point is, I can’t stand when someone forces me to listen to their music. And that’s exactly what those rude people do. And they are rude...very rude.

  • Just can't get down with my bad self

    I can't dance. I've tried, but there is something wrong with the side of my brain that controls dancing.

    When line dancing became popular a few years back, I thought I was saved. This, I thought, is something I can do, since you’re in a line with a bunch of other people and all of you are doing the same thing. I did pretty good, too. For the most part, I kept up and didn't throw too many people off.

  • I've got my own bailout plan

    I keep hearing “economic meltdown,” “Wall Street havoc,” “depression,” “bailout”…it’s enough to drive you batty if you let it. You watch two minutes of CNN and you’d think Gabriel blew the horn eight days ago and we missed it. Woe is us! If we can be pushed into a panic in this country, the news media is doing all it can to help.

    I’m just so thankful that my happiness, well-being and state of mind is not tied to Wall Street.

  • Dumb criminals are always entertaining

    I, like most everyone else, get a kick out of reading about stupid or inept criminals. You know, the kind that rob a bank, then realize they locked the keys to the getaway vehicle in the vehicle...so they’re stuck.

    I decided to google and see what I could find, for your enjoyment and mine. But in addition to finding some stories about dumb criminals, I also found some rules of thumb that any dumb criminals who may be reading this may want to consider. The rules, and the stories, are courtesy of The Freeman Institute. Enjoy.

    Rules for bank robbers

  • 4-H 'steered' this girl the right direction

    I went to the 65th annual Steer and Market Swine Show and Sale last Thursday night and, as usual, it was a lot of fun. I was surprised to find that this is the 100th anniversary of 4-H. During the program the masters of ceremonies, Billy Poston, asked everyone who was an alumnus of 4-H to stand. Then nearly 200 people sang "Happy Birthday."

    That was a very proud moment for me.

  • I'm waiting "and hoping " for the next wisecrack

    I was so happy to be able to head to Tampa recently to help celebrate my niece’s fourth birthday. She was even more happy to celebrate it than I was. We all had a great time, and Amanda got lots of nice – and pink – gifts.

    But in the backs of our minds, we were ever-mindful of the one person who was unable to be present at the celebration – my sister-in-law’s father and Amanda’s Papa... Rex Whitaker.

  • No dress code required " just enjoy the music

    If you were sitting on your hands Friday night because you didn't have anything to do, blame yourself, because there was plenty to do Quincy. The weather was beautiful, there were no big semi trucks drowning out the music and there was no dress code.

    The opening at Art In Gadsden was again a great event. The number of artists whose works were on display was fantastic. Grace Maloy, the staff and volunteers continue to do a fantastic job for this community and the region. We've got one of the best galleries in the area and it's only going to get better.