https://www.willistonpioneer.com/todaysopinions/rss.xml en The silence of our friends https://www.willistonpioneer.com/content/silence-our-friends <img src="https://www.willistonpioneer.com/sites/www.willistonpioneer.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/vogt_4.jpg" alt="Sue Vogt lives in Williston and is retired from working in social services." title="Sue Vogt lives in Williston and is retired from working in social services." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Martin Luther King: &ldquo;In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies but the silence of our friends.&rdquo; (The Trumpet of Conscience, Steeler Lecture, 1967)</p> <p> A colleague once asked me to write a letter of reference for her. She was anticipating a move from her current job.</p> <p> To be honest, which is more than I was with her, there was not much positive I was able to say about her. We disagreed about a lot of things, and working with her was stressful.</p> It's all in a Gram's life https://www.willistonpioneer.com/content/its-all-grams-life <img src="https://www.willistonpioneer.com/sites/www.willistonpioneer.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/gram.jpg" alt="Piper, Gram and Scout, pre-tonsillectomy." title="Piper, Gram and Scout, pre-tonsillectomy." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> When I walked in the door of my house at 9 p.m. Aug. 28, it was all I could do to put one foot in front of the other.</p> <p> After being on the road for over eight hours, exhaustion overtook me and I barely mustered a decent hello to the hubs.</p> <p> For the past week, I&#39;d been in North Georgia playing Florence Nightingale to Number Two granddaughter, Piper, who was recuperating from a tonsillectomy.</p> <p> But the story begins before that.</p> Land of the free https://www.willistonpioneer.com/content/land-free <img src="https://www.willistonpioneer.com/sites/www.willistonpioneer.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/drollenes_new_hairstyle_0.jpg" alt="Drollene Brown is a writer/editor who has lived in the area for 25 years." title="Drollene Brown is a writer/editor who has lived in the area for 25 years." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Last July some friends and I attended a performance of &ldquo;School House Rock! Live, Junior&rdquo; at the Chief Theater in Chiefland. The young people showed stage presence, enthusiasm and talent.</p> <p> In addition to songs about school subjects like math and grammar, there were songs about the history of America and the principles on which the nation stands.</p> <p> Seeing those young faces glowing with pride in their country, I wondered if our generation is doing them justice when we stand down as we watch our freedoms erode.</p> Keep all medicines out of the reach of (groggy) adults https://www.willistonpioneer.com/content/keep-all-medicines-out-reach-groggy-adults <img src="https://www.willistonpioneer.com/sites/www.willistonpioneer.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/caro_mug_garth_7.jpg" alt="Always sleepy, except when sedated, Carolyn Ten Broeck is the editor of the Williston Pioneer." title="Always sleepy, except when sedated, Carolyn Ten Broeck is the editor of the Williston Pioneer." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> I&#39;m pretty healthy for someone my age. Of course, I have all the little things associated with aging: stiff muscles, arthritic fingers, bad eyesight; but for the most part, I&#39;m healthy. I take two preventative medications each day &ndash; one in the morning; one at night.</p> <p> Because we don&#39;t have small children in our home, I leave those two medicines on the counter of the kitchen sink. It&#39;s a reminder when I get my morning coffee to take one, and when I turn off the lights at night to take the other. I seldom forget my pills.</p> Midnight Sun Revisited https://www.willistonpioneer.com/content/midnight-sun-revisited <img src="https://www.willistonpioneer.com/sites/www.willistonpioneer.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/caro_mug_garth_6.jpg" alt="A real Southern woman sweats. Ask editor Carolyn Ten Broeck." title="A real Southern woman sweats. Ask editor Carolyn Ten Broeck." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> &quot;The word that Mrs. Bronson is unable to put into the hot, still, sodden air is &#39;doomed,&#39; because the people you&#39;ve just <em>seen have been handed a death sentence.</em></p> <p> <em>&quot; . . . this is the eve of the end, because even at midnight it&#39;s high noon, the hottest day in history, and you&#39;re about to spend it in the Twilight Zone.&quot;</em></p> <p> <em>Rod Serling</em></p> <p> <em>The Twlight Zone &ndash; Nov. 17, 1961</em></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> For someone who would live on the beach, I sure don&#39;t like hot weather.</p> From the mailbag – a 21st century version https://www.willistonpioneer.com/content/mailbag-%E2%80%93-21st-century-version <img src="https://www.willistonpioneer.com/sites/www.willistonpioneer.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/caro_mug_garth_5.jpg" alt="Williston Pioneer editor Carolyn Ten Broeck" title="Williston Pioneer editor Carolyn Ten Broeck" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Many years ago at one of the first newspapers I worked for, I was not permitted to write a personal column like this. That privilege was only for the publisher and editor. Reporters were never even considered to write columns. Ever.</p> <p> Weeks when the editor had nothing profound to say, and neither did the publisher, the latter wrote a 19-inch piece of drivel about odd things he received in the mail.</p> <p> Back in those days, email was just on the cusp and PR folks sent dozens of press releases daily, hoping to catch free space in the newspaper.</p> We help where we can https://www.willistonpioneer.com/content/we-help-where-we-can <img src="https://www.willistonpioneer.com/sites/www.willistonpioneer.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/marciaweb_2.jpg" alt="Marcia Burr" title="Marcia Burr" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> <strong>By Marcia Burr<br /> </strong></p> <p> <em>Guest Columnist<br /> </em></p> You want to see WHAT? https://www.willistonpioneer.com/content/you-want-see-what <img src="https://www.willistonpioneer.com/sites/www.willistonpioneer.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/vogt_3.jpg" alt="Sue Vogt lives in Williston and is retired from social services." title="Sue Vogt lives in Williston and is retired from social services." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> <strong>By Sue Vogt</strong></p> <p> <em>Guest Columnist</em></p> <p> I have played computer games pretty much since there were commercially available computers. My earliest memories of these games involved PacMan type graphics games as well as adventure games.</p> <p> I liked the Sierra games a lot: &ldquo;Leisure Suit Larry in the Land of the Lounge Lizards &rdquo; and the &ldquo;Kings Quest&rdquo; series. What I did not like about their adventure games was if you died, you had to start the entire game over.</p>