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Columns

  • We thank you for the free advertising

    An article appeared in a another area newspaper recently that I’d like to comment on. I won’t name the newspaper or the person who wrote the article, because I don’t want to give them any unnecessary attention. I do however, wish to speak my mind on the situation.

    The article was an unabashed, libelous attack on me and on the Times, and didn’t even prove anything. I was amazed it was placed on the front page.

  • Come together...and help the Hispanic community

    I am happy that the Gadsden County Sheriff's Office has taken the initiative to address the problems that have been rampant in the Hispanic community. For the past several years I have noticed instances of crimes against Hispanics have been on the rise. Also, what stands out in police reports is the phrase "no suspects and no witnesses." The victims refuse to provide information to authorities on how the crime occurred. There have been instances when a Hispanic victim who has been shot or stabbed will not provide even the basic information.

  • Special 'cheerleader' teaches us all a valuable lesson

    I met Albert through football. We’re going out to play Blountstown a few years back and I hear “Coach, coach!” Most of the time I don’t even look up. I’ve got the upcoming game on my mind, “Coach, coach!” I’m trying to remember if I’ve explained to Sidney if they run that buck sweep and the guard pulls, he’s got to look for that tackle blocking down, “Coach, COACH!”

  • It's not about race, it's about encouraging the kids

    It seemed the whole country went nuts last week as it was announced that President Barack Obama would be visiting America’s classrooms via a live podcast on the White House Web site.

  • There's nothing quite like family time

    I have a lot of relatives and this weekend most of them came to town. We had a great time together as usual. We are good company for each other and I don't ever remember, as adults, any of us having a serious argument. Of course, we disagree like most people but it never escalates into yelling and holding grudges. I have to admit, I have a cool family.

  • Breathe in long and hard...there's a fresh wind blowing

    There’s a fresh wind blowing across Gadsden County. Can you feel it?

    I’m talking about the new excitement in the schools and at the administrative level. It started with the shifting around of personnel, not because district leaders wanted to move people out of positions, but because the skills of those administrators and teachers would be better utilized elsewhere. Principals who have led their former schools to higher levels of achievement have been moved to schools that were faltering, and we can be sure their new schools are already on the rise.

  • Waiting in line's not so bad

    Standing in line doesn't have to be a bad experience. On Aug. 28 I had the good fortune of waiting in line for almost an hour to get a tag for my car. A few months ago I interviewed Dale Summerford, county tax collector, about the increase in fees and licenses that took effect Sept. 1.

  • The problem with health reform isn't the reform part

    I can tell you the problem with the heath care “reform.” The proposed legislation is 1,000 pages long! Hello! Gibbon’s extraordinarily wordy and detailed description of “The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire” wasn’t much longer. And it took six volumes and covered centuries. “War and Peace” came and went with fewer pages. “Gone with the Wind” was barely a thousand pages. And I couldn’t make it through it; I fell asleep around about the time Scarlett took her third husband.   

  • I'm in it to win it

    I got to spend some vacation time last week with my parents. I went up to their home in North Georgia and just hung out. I didn’t really plan on much else.

    My agenda was this: my mom and I went to Athens on Monday to do a little Christmas shopping. You just can’t buy UGA stuff around here; there’s just not much variety, when you do find it. On Tuesday, we spent the day roaming around the area where she was born and raised, taking pictures and just hanging out.Then on Wednesday, I spent the day doing a whole lotta nothing.

  • Ordinance could help restore city to its former glory

    Quincy city commissioners are considering an ordinance that will limit people who set up shop on the sides of the road and conduct whatever kind of business that strikes their fancy. I, like Commissioner Derrick Elias, think that the city looks raggedy.