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Columns

  • Allegedly Speaking

    I got some great news last week. My cousin’s son won his local Patriot’s Pen contest, sponsored by the Thomson, Ga. Veterans of Foreign Wars post and its Ladies Auxiliary. He placed third at the state level.

    At first glance, you might think, so what? A lot of kids enter essay contests and many of them win some nice prizes. Happens every day, right?

    But this is an extra-special case, considering Tyler Shelton is an extra-special boy.

  • Contemplations

    In my line of work I meet a lot of people. Some good, some bad but most are in between and it depends on the circumstances under which I met and interacted with them.

  • Allegedly Speaking

    If you read this column regularly, you know I’m a Facebook fanatic. I check it throughout the day, and enjoy keeping up with friends and family through its use tremendously.

    Last week, some of my FB friends posted that they were already putting up their Christmas decorations. I was horrified. It’s not even Thanksgiving yet, and you’re moving on to Christmas? How dare you?

  • Allegedly Speaking...

    I trust that you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I did. I was able to travel to my parents’ house in North Georgia and spend the holiday with my family.

    I enjoyed the drive, once I got a little further north. The leaves were beautiful.

    I enjoyed the hug from my 4-year-old niece, Amanda, before I could even get out of the car when I arrived.

    I enjoyed coloring with Amanda. She told me it’s OK to color outside the lines. She also said, “Gigi, I’m a conceptual artist.”

  • Contemplations...

    There was a time, not so long ago, that I could remember everything trivial. Remember Trivia Pursuit, the game that was so popular back in the 80s? I was good at it. My friends and I would play into the early morning hours. Two weeks ago I was in Orlando and met up with one of my old college roommates and we started talking about the many hours we spent having fun.

  • Allegedly Speaking...

    We recently  had to “fall back”...and we all rejoiced at the thought of an extra hour of sleep. Or maybe that was just me.

    Daylight savings time...who the heck thought that one up? According to the history books, it was a dude with some tiny glasses and a bad haircut – Benjamin Franklin. He thought it up, but it wasn’t implemented until 1907. It was made law in the U.S. in 1918.

  • Comtemplations...

    This Friday night is another opportunity for people to get out and do something. There's a lot going on and it's all family-friendly. Whether you like to get out early or stay late you can have your choice. Hopefully Tropical Storm Ida will have fizzled out or at least left this part of the country.

  • Allegedly Speaking...

    Transparency is the new black. At least, that appears to be the case as we celebrate the 100th anniversary of Florida’s public records law.

    We  at the Times vigorously support your right as our readers and the public’s right in general to know what our elected and appointed leaders are doing. We believe strongly that you should be able to check and see if your child’s teacher is qualified to teach. It is your right to know if your kid’s soccer coach has a domestic violence or drug abuse record.

  • Contemplations...

    Just when I think I've heard it all, I come across an official report that makes me wonder what some people are thinking.

    Picture this: You're driving down the street and come upon a car accident. There are no other cars around and it looks like a pretty bad one-car accident. For most people, even the faint of heart, the first instinct would be to check to see if anyone is in the car, if the person is injured and get help.

  • Time for the TDC to 'man up'

    I am always amused at what some people think passes for journalism. When you read some newspapers, it’s quite clear who’s in the back pocket of the reporter or the publisher...or both.

    That’s not the case at the Times. And we’re proud of that. Nobody tells us what we can and can’t write about, and no one tells us what flavor our news should be.