Local Columns

Fall’s just a little closer

As we head toward the end of July and look for ways to survive what is the hottest and most uncomfortable couple of weeks of the year, it is easy to lose sight of the fact that fall is not all that far away. There are signs all around us — all you have to do is look. One of the earliest, ...

Having a little mid-July sisterly ranting

My sister Cathy and I had our annual mid-July rant the other evening. It typically begins when I call her on her birthday, the backdrop again for this year’s sibling seething session. Better Half and I call her and sing in unison — if you can call it singing. It’s our rousing ...

Good trips, great memories

Old photographs can be fun to look at, especially when there are good memories that go along with them. A reminder of that came last week in an e-mail. It was a copy of picture that had been taken sometime in the early 1980s and had been sent to me by Jon Michael Nese, the son of the late ...

Some things are just tougher to buy

Some things are just harder to purchase. Now shirts, shoes, jeans, purses — that’s not really all that tough for me to make a choice, because those kinds of consumer purchases are ones that call out to me. They know my name. They’ve got my number. Take me with you, they seem to ...

A walk-through of new building

The plans for the renovation and addition to the main library now are finished and being reviewed. Bob D. Beneditto, our head of buildings, is working on utility issues in preparation for construction of the project. We have some diagrams and drawings on display in the main library lobby, ...

Guest column/Community colleges do great work

For all the focus on our nation’s schools, community colleges get short shrift. In the debates about the role education plays in our nation’s economy and democracy, we too often overlook our two-year colleges. Originally created more than a century ago, arising from a variety of forces ...

Goal: To make my new wife happy and content

I am told that during the last several years in July I wrote about love. Personally, I never noticed it, but I do believe it to be true. So why break the trend now. During the last 12 years, I have been a single parent, after being blessed to be married for the previous 30 years. After this ...

The natural laws that God gave us are for our good

There are many laws in the Bible. The law of contact and transmission is one. In other words, what you touch with your hands transmits something to the other person. That could be good or bad. Think about that for a while. There also is the law of association. Did you ever hear the ...

A week of reminders and revelations

It was a week of reminders and revelations, including that fishing can bring out the best and worst in us. It can be a workout for our patience muscles; an ewww-yuck experience baiting a hook, feeling pity for the unsuspecting worm suddenly on a bluegill’s dinner menu; an ongoing series of ...

An impact on our town

One of the nice things about working downtown is that there are times when it’s just as fast to walk to a meeting or to lunch as it is to drive there. On many of those trips, walking up North Street is the easiest route to get back to the newspaper offices. Something that makes those ...