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Remembering 2017, the good and the bad

on Tuesday, 02 January 2018. Posted in Columns, Opinions

As we embark on a new year, let’s recap some of the good and bad things that happened in 2017. Donald J. Trump was inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States of America on Jan. 21. On Feb. 11, North Korea receives international condemnation wh

Celebratory traditions for the New Year

on Tuesday, 26 December 2017. Posted in Columns, Opinions

It is hard to believe that 2018 is almost here. In just a few days we will be welcoming this brand New Year. A New Year signifies a new beginning, and since the beginning of time inhabitats of this earth have been celebrating this newness with traditions

‘Love Came Down at Christmas’

on Tuesday, 19 December 2017. Posted in Columns, Opinions

My grandmother loved the poet, Christina Georgina Rossetti. She obviously favored her name as well because she named my mother Christina Rossetti. Recently, I was reminded of Rossetti’s poem, “Love Came Down at Christmas,” which she penned in 1885. Below

Christmas trivia for holiday fun

on Tuesday, 12 December 2017. Posted in Columns, Opinions

Here’s some Christmas trivia to wow your friends and family during the upcoming holidays.

Ingenious items for your Christmas List

on Tuesday, 05 December 2017. Posted in Columns, Opinions

While looking for some unusual, but practical, Christmas gifts, I came across some interesting products. Following is a list of items that are pretty ingenious, but are they really needed? • The Illumbowl Shower Head lets you know when the water temper

Wise old sayings on people and life

on Tuesday, 28 November 2017. Posted in Columns, Opinions

All the world is mad save for me and thee, and sometimes I wonder about thee. – Old Quaker saying Gingerbread man is a perfect man. He’s cute, he’s sweet and if he gives you any heck, you can bite his head off. – unknown Credit cards are like mosquitoe

Join me in counting our blessings

on Tuesday, 21 November 2017. Posted in Columns, Opinions

As we approach Thanksgiving Day this coming Thursday and all the busyness that day brings, take a few minutes to slow down and reflect on the many blessings our Creator has given us. I tend to take so many things for granted, so when I start counting my b

Yep, I can relate to that...

on Tuesday, 14 November 2017. Posted in Columns, Opinions

Most of us can probably relate to some of the following comments and quotes found on coffee mugs, t-shirts and canvases: I can’t wait to retire so I can get up at 6 a.m. and go drive around really slow and make everybody late for work. I’m beginning to

Friends make our lives better

on Tuesday, 07 November 2017. Posted in Columns, Opinions

Where would we be without friends? Good friends are more valuable than gold. Following are some quotes about the importance of friends and friendship: The act of friendship is different from the act of loving. In a relationship of friendship both parties

A public safety problem that can no longer be ignored

on Tuesday, 31 October 2017. Posted in Columns, Opinions

As I’ve travelled the state over the years, it hasn’t been uncommon for members of the law enforcement community to bring up issues that concern them. And gang activity is one subject that often comes up. No longer just a big city issue, gang activity is

Faith, hope, love and trust

on Tuesday, 31 October 2017. Posted in Columns, Opinions

For several years, an article entitled “Six Little Stories” has been posted on various websites, blogs, Facebook and circulated through email. These short stories, actually comments from different sources, offer great descriptions of faith, hope, love, tr

The skinny on being overweight

on Tuesday, 24 October 2017. Posted in Columns, Opinions

For the first time ever, overweight people outnumber average people in America. Doesn’t that make overweight the average then? Last month you were fat, now you’re average – hey, let’s get a pizza! Jay Leno You never really know how fat you are until you s

These are some of my favorite quotes

on Tuesday, 17 October 2017. Posted in Columns, Opinions

I’d like to share a few of may favorite quotes which I have been collecting as I come across them. This above all; to thine own self be true. Happiness is where we find it, but very rarely where we seek it. William Shakespeare The greatest leader is not n

Florence, a great place to call home

on Tuesday, 10 October 2017. Posted in Columns, Opinions

I hope you’ve noticed the new question we added to our weekly ‘Neighbors’ feature, appearing on our front page. “What do you like about Florence?” was added this month in conjunction with the city’s promotion of its new brand “Full Life. Full Forward. F

We can always be sure of death and taxes

on Tuesday, 03 October 2017. Posted in Columns, Opinions

There’s an old saying attributed to Benjamin Franklin: “ this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” In light of the discussions in Congress about lowering taxes, maybe our elected officials should consider abolishing some
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