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Columns

  • Hank was man's best friend...and mine

    You know how you have this image, when you get a dog, of him standing by your side, wagging his tail and jumping at your every command? Hank wasn’t that dog.

    Jesse rescued him from the animal shelter. “It will be a great Christmas present for Mom.”

    “Son,” we had perused over 30 dogs in 20 different holding pens, “Let’s get one of these pretty puppies over here; that one you’re holding is about half ugly.”

  • I remember where we were, and I see how far we've come

    This week is one, most agree, for the history books. The first African-American was sworn in as president of the United States Tuesday. As momentous as this week is, my thoughts go back decades to how things once were and how far we have come as a nation.

  • It's time for the lighter side of things

    Now that we’ve elected and inaugurated a new president, gotten through the holiday rush and we’ve started a brand new year, it’s time, in my opinion, for a little silliness. I think we need to take a break. We’ve faced hard decisions, made tough choices and returned the ugly sweater from Aunt Agnes...it’s definitely time for some fun.

    So I’m breaking out the Southern humor card. I hope you enjoy reading these Southern expressions we’ve probably all used and heard our whole lives...

  • I weep for the simplicity of my electoral past

    I don’t know about you, but I did not get invited to the inauguration. They had to swear in the new president without me. Come to think of it, Truman didn’t send for me, nor did Ike or JFK or Lyndon B... There seems to be a trend here.

    I reckon these presidents know my limitations. I’m not exactly “inaugurating” erudite. We didn’t waste much time swearing’em in back in my formative years.

  • Lack of priorities makes my blood boil

    It's called priorities.

    If anyone is tired of hearing that people in Gadsden County are so poor, so broke and so needy, it's me. There are poor people here just as they are everywhere in the world. We have no monopoly on that particular state of affairs.

  • We waited to provide you the local perspective

    I received a phone call last week regarding our front page. I was not in when the person called, however, I was given the message soon after I returned.

    The person’s beef? Our front page didn’t have our new president’s photo on it. I spoke with the person, and I have to say, she was quite pleasant as she made her case. We wished one another “good day” and the conversation ended.

  • My day for twins has finally arrived

    I was sitting on a life guard stand in 1962 when Gray Oliver walked around the corner. She was 6 or 7 and I thought, “What a cute little kid!” Before I could blink another one just like her appeared right behind her! I fell off the stand. They both strolled right up to me. “Are you the life guard?”

    “No, I’m an alien left here when the space ship from Nona took off without me. Are y’all twins?”

  • My letter to the jolliest of elves

    I spent quite a bit of time toward the end of last week typing letters to Santa from local kids, along with our newest Times family member, Kayla. We both enjoyed the letters, particularly the way the children worded them and what they asked for.