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Columns

  • Social Security covers every season of life

    By Paul Barnes

  • Telltale dashboard light

    Modern technology is wonderful, except when it scares the heck out of you.

    This week I was filling in at our Williston newspaper, my former home paper, in between getting the South Marion Citizen material put together.

    That meant extra traveling. My car is only nine months old, so I wasn’t worried about driving between the two offices, providing I could avoid the West Port High and Williston Elementary school zones.

  • Bringing us together

    Leonard Pitts Jr.

    Lyndon Johnson once said of Gerald Ford that he “played too much football with his helmet off.”

    Theodore Roosevelt once called William Howard Taft “a fathead with the brains of a guinea pig.”

    Harper’s Weekly once described Ulysses S. Grant as “a drunken Democrat dragged out of the Galena (Ill.) gutter.”

  • Time to resurrect the dots

    Thursdays were special days when I was growing up. That was the day our county paper, then the Pike County News, was on the street. After my parents thumbed through it, it was passed to me and I read it–cover to cover–even as a youngster.
    One of my favorite regular pieces each week was a column called “The Personal Touch”, written by Lucille Sadd Smith.
    In “The Personal Touch”, Mrs. Smith wrote short paragraphs about the social scene in our county seat.