Sunday's Lifestyles story on the 25th anniversary of Helping Hands reminds us yet again of the kindness and generosity that gives substance to Columbus' motto, "The Friendly City."
Next time you hear someone say, "I'd rather not know," ask the person to pause and think about it.
A couple of weeks ago I took a short drive from the Prairie, and a disturbing thing happened. I've pondered it ever since.
As the European Coal and Steel Community of Jean Monnet evolved into the EU, we were told a "United States of Europe" was at hand, modeled on the USA.
Last week at a Regional Foundation for Mental Health meeting I heard a most interesting story.
In the Sandfield Community, not far from the intersection of 23rd Street and Fifth Avenue South, there is an abandoned slab of concrete about 30 feet square. On the east and west edges of the square are light poles with "Keep Out" signs on them. At one time, the place served as a basketball court for neighborhood kids.
With a few tweaks to Scripture, herewith today's relevant verse: What therefore President Obama hath joined together, let Republicans put asunder.
In a Natchez, Mississippi, gift shop I saw a sign with a dog swilling a pint. It said: "In dog beers, I've only had one." Some days I feel that in newspaper years, I'm 434 years old.
This is for Gigi, who can't figure out why I don't like Bill Maher.
Starkville Restaurant Week begins today, with 31 participants. This year marks the third year of the event, which has been expanded to 10 days, covering two weekends.
There seems to be a growing trend in some parts of the country for some people to visit retail stores openly wearing guns. It recently happened at a Kroger in Virginia where the store manager asked them to leave the property.
The juxtaposition of the Justice Department's damning Ferguson report and President Obama's fine speech to mark the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday was coincidental. But the founders of the civil rights movement would certainly have found it providential, so I'll go with that.
I was part of the fortunate audience this past week who saw the Columbus Arts Council Community Theatre production of Thornton Wilder's "Our Town," part of the Big Read event for the past several months sponsored by the CAC and the National Endowment of the Arts.
What part of the Constitution are the power brokers of both parties using to governing the country? From the lobbyists to the political power brokers, "we the people" have lost our voice. The president has his phone and his "Bic" pen to issue executive orders.
It's always nice to know, as I sit here writing, that somebody out there might be listening. This week, I know for sure.
I know a woman. Works like a dog. She's a loving mother, raising a lovable boy. She's also a good businesswoman, running a successful salon.
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