Remembering Miss Clyde

I consider myself fortunate to have been part of the newspaper community in Fayette County for the past 30-plus years. Oh, I know many have been here much longer than that … some have family roots that go back to the early newspaper days. But I came in at an opportune time. The county was […]

Human identity transcends gender

Adolescence was tough on me. I was a total geek, in an era before that was cool. I was a social misfit, totally uncomfortable in my high school setting. I worked out a deal with my parents and the school authorities that allowed me to graduate a year early, simply because I hated school life […]

Beware of scammers with internet ‘ordinations’

For quite a number of years I have been aware that people could be “ordained” to the ministry online or through the mails. It really doesn’t take much. One fills out the short application, encloses a check for $35 and up and, just like that, one can either download their “ordination” certificate or it will […]

An unexpected gift

The unexpected gift didn’t arrive in the usual way. It wasn’t a gift from a loving parent to a child. In the house where the smallest of small now resides, there were no birthdays to celebrate that day, the next, or even weeks ahead. Long ago the Easter Bunny bounced back to its burrow, and […]

Wars and rumors of wars

One month after the election, President-elect Donald Trump made a “victory tour” of states that had helped deliver his surprise win. In Fayetteville, N.C., Trump introduced his choice for Secretary of Defense, Gen. James Mattis, and pledged the following: “We will stop racing to topple foreign regimes that we know nothing about, that we shouldn’t […]

Government healthcare is here to stay — to our loss

What do we take away, then, from the earthquake on the Senate floor recently, with wisps of smoke still rising from the ruins of Republican efforts to do something — anything — likely to rationalize the healthcare mess? We take away, or should, the lesson that government can’t do everything, and when it tries to, […]

Radio days

When I was 10 months into my 16th year, I encountered the most fortuitous opportunity. Back then, I always exclaimed of my extraordinary luck but as I have grown older and more knowledgeable of such things, I now realize it was an enormous blessing. I had been placed in a program that was for industrious, […]

Fayette GOP critical of county commission

Members of the Fayette County Republican Party (FCRP) believe very strongly that trust and confidence in our voting process is paramount to a free society, and that public officials should aggressively support every effort to uncover voter fraud. To that end, the FCRP sought to replace its own Board of Elections member who had thwarted […]

‘Unrealistic Care Act’ and Trump

I read the Murchison column (The Citizen, 7-26) about health reform. I disagree with many of his points. Specifically, I do not believe that the GOP Congress has been spineless. It is just divided, which is natural in politics in a democracy. In the coup de gras, McConnell decided to pass comprehensive healthcare legislation with […]

Ognio’s, Oddo’s double standards on rules

Local minds have been engrossed in thought over the dogs and cats of Fayette County. We all know dogs and cats without owners become the wards of the county. Those animals are placed in the custody of the county. Our ancient ancestors domesticated the wild beasts and the kinship with dogs and cats began. While […]