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Things are weird … I must be at the airport

My adult daughter texted me when I was about an hour from the airport. “Flight delayed. Ugh.” Communication technology has improved vastly since I was her age. Back then, someone…

Richmond City Administrator admired; will be hard to replace

Dear Editor: I recently read that Ron Brohammer is going to retire.  I know Ron and can assure you he will be hard to replace.  I would ask the council…

A quest for the perfect ice cube tray

It’s hard to find good ice cube trays anymore. Now that I’m past 50, I find myself saying things like this, things no 23-year-old would ever say. I also complain…

‘It’s All We Have’

Student essay on the meaning of Christmas Orrick Elementary Assistant Principal Heather Wrisinger-Pugh submitted this student essay from Orrick sixth-grader Dakota Becker. She said she was taken aback by the…

Electoral College protects rural voters

I am appalled at the suggestion by a loud minority that the Electoral College be abolished. I did not vote for Donald Trump in the presidential election. However, I think…

Twitter is making me famous, or not. I’ll go with not.

I’ve been on Twitter since 2012. I didn’t say I’ve “used” Twitter because, frankly, over the past four years I haven’t determined its use. If you’re not familiar with Twitter,…

FDNY, first responders restored the psyche of NYC and the country

By JoEllen Black, Publisher Like most, I didn’t have a front-row seat to the Sept. 11, 2001 devastation. My view was 90 miles away from Ground Zero. It was a…

Family vacation: Finally, we’re going home

Author’s note: This is the last in a short series about summer trips. There comes a point in every family vacation when you hit a wall. The feeling that you…

‘Wrath of Khan’ and Mount Rushmore: the best ever

By Jason Offutt Author’s note: This is the fourth, and next to last in a short series about summer trips. The Offutt Family Vacation made its way through South Dakota,…

Ray County Coalition does not endorse candidates

Dear Editor: Ray County Coalition is a non-partisan organization committed to keeping Ray County’s youth safe, healthy and drug-free. In June, the coalition sponsored a candidate forum to learn of local…

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