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Columns

  • Spring has sprung and I'm oh, so glad

    Spring is my favorite season of the year. It's so beautiful. Between the blooming dogwood trees and the azalea bushes the ride through the the countryside is amazingly beautiful. Every year I take a Sunday afternoon off, get in my car, and ride.

    My favorite place to ride is north on the Attapulgus Highway. I start at King Street and continue until I end up in Georgia. I don't know of another more scenic route in this area. Undoubtedly, there are other scenic roads and streets in our vicinity but I don't know about them.

  • Homemade dresses and boiled eggs...favorite Easter memories

    One of my favorite childhood memories was Easter Sunday morning. I loved getting  up and finding that the Easter Bunny had come. My brothers and I always got baskets full of treats, including the typical chocolate bunny that you should always begin eating by biting off the ears.

  • I'm no April fool

    I don't like practical jokes and I don't like nicknames. The latter, I'll deal with later but I suppose since today is officially April Fools' Day, some one will try to "get me" with a prank.

    The day, since I can remember, caused me to be anxious all day and night. I can never relax on the day when pranksters, even the amateur ones, are allowed to run loose and do dumb things that are supposed to make you laugh but never do.

  • Remembering a vivacious young lady

    Gadsden County experienced a tragedy last week when a school bus accident ultimately claimed the life of a bright, beautiful young woman.

    Dee Dee Murray was, by all accounts, an enthusiastic student who loved her family, her friends, her teammates and her school. She gave 100 percent in anything she did. She encouraged others. She cared for others. She was an inspiration.

    She will be missed by all who knew and loved her. My heart goes out to Dee Dee’s family. They’ve lost her way too soon.

  • Just stick to the truth

    There are some people who fascinate me. Liars for instance, fascinate me.

    Liars say the craziest things and think that they are believed. I often wonder what makes them tick. I like to watch them when they are in action. If you have ever noticed, a really good liar gets caught up in his own lies.

  • Don't you aim that thing at me, Diaper Boy

    Well...it’s upon us again. Valentine’s Day. My Facebook profile currently explains my thoughts on the subject: “Cupid shot me with an arrow so I pulled his wings out.”

    As I walk the aisles in local stores, and I see the singing stuffed animals and heart-shaped paraphernalia, I lose all hope for romance. It’s all so...commercial.

    I think Valentine’s Day needs a makeover.

    The reason Valentine's Day needs changing is the same reason a baby needs changing: It stinks and it nauseates people.

  • Buckle up or pay up

    For years I have cringed when I see people driving down the street with children, often babies,  in the front seat sitting in someone's lap. Or children in the back, kneeling in the seat, waving to other motorists with their little faces pressed to the window. These children are obviously not in a child restraint device.

  • Folks, we're getting plowed

    I haven’t editorialized the proposed biomass plant in Gretna because I’ve been writing about it, and didn’t feel it was fair to state my opinion on the matter while I am covering it.

    But there are some things that have been drawn to my attention that I feel I need to address in this format.

    First of all, ADAGE has said one of the best things about having its facility in Gadsden County would be the contributions it will make to the tax base. Is this before or after the estimated 80 percent tax abatement ADAGE plans to ask the county for?

  • More than just an officer; he was a gentleman

    I don't know how many young lives former Quincy Police Officer Theotis Moore touched. If anyone could count them it would, I'm sure, number in the thousands. Moore, before he retired 2 years ago, was the Drug Abuse Resistance Education officer. He travelled throughout the county from school to school and gathering to gathering in his white van with the big red DARE letters on the side. The message he carried was don't use drugs, stay away from gangs and stay in school.

  • Disgruntled doesn't begin to describe it

    Last week’s biomass summit was a true disappointment for me...for a lot of reasons.

    First of all, chaos reigned, and not much was accomplished. The moderator was, bless his heart, trying to moderate, but did too much preaching and not enough moderating in my humble opinion. A firmer hand was definitely needed.

    The panel was disappointing. It was stacked with people in support of the Gretna biomass plant, including an ADAGE official. The only exception was a member of the Gadsden County Concerned Citizens group. It should have been more balanced.