It seems like ever since George Bush the First took office we have had an involved military response in more and more countries around the world. We still have ‘advisors’ in Kuwait and watch Iraq carefully from the Persian Gulf. We still have a somewhat large presence in Afghanistan, although that’s supposed to be decreasing. It was just announced Monday that we may stay. We’re monitoring North Korea closely for their militant actions. Now we appear to be about to go head-to-head with Russia over their actions in the Ukraine. [Full Story »]
Tallahassee PR man Ron Sachs came to town recently to deliver a sermon. Unfortunately, the people who needed to hear it were not present. Speaking to the monthly “Go Gadsden” gathering of the Chamber of Commerce, Sachs, who famously fired the county commission as a client, explained in stark terms why this county is destined to remain a backwater until it changes its ways.
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10 YEARS AGO
Quincy attorney Jack McLean told city commissioners that a proposed bill in the Florida Legislature could, if passed, prohibit the city from going into the telecommunications business. The problem was that city commissions had already passed a bond issue with proceeds from their proposed telecommunications endeavors – up to $1 million a year in proceeds, according to McLean – earmarked to pay for that bond. [Full Story »]
Children can say the darndest things, and having four grandchildren I’ve heard just about all of them. Most of their remarks are innocent and totally truthful, in fact downright amusing, although on occasion they’ve been known to bend the truth. Below are some children’s comments I received from a friend. I can imagine my four saying these same things. [Full Story »]
My husband Rick’s Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) membership comes with a magazine appearing in our mailbox every two months. Besides the Vietnam war being one of the major focal points of our generation and discussed in the magazine with heartfelt memories and emotions, factual stories about fabled battles and articles on how to obtain veterans services, there are also family stories, ‘looking for’ posts, and a section called, “Taps,” relating recent deaths of the NamVet generation. [Full Story »]
This past week the Affordable Care Act apparently reached its goal of seven million subscribers. House Speaker John Boehner saluted the moment by announcing the House would take yet another vote to repeal it. All across America terrified Democratic incumbents are back-pedalling away and those with no history to defend are pronouncing themselves lukewarm. By 2017, the earliest a Republican President could in fact repeal the ACA, over 30 million people will have coverage because of it. Let’s see you repeal that one.
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10 YEARS AGO
A big crowd was in Havana to enjoy the Budweiser Clydesdales, hear musical entertainment and feast on delicious barbecue sandwiches, all sponsored by the Gadsden County Chamber of Commerce and Tri-Eagle Sales in Tallahassee. “It was a great family event,” said Chamber Executive Director Sherry VanLandingham, who stayed busy serving barbecue. “It was good public relations for the Chamber and showed the community support the Chamber enjoys.” [Full Story »]
Despite careful planning and time management, my week went haywire. I had plenty of ideas for columns in my head, but I just didn’t seem to have the right words to get onto paper before deadline. So, thanks to our American Legion monthly magazine, here are some quips that we’ve enjoyed to share:
Why is it that man blames fate for other accidents but feels personally responsible for a hole-in-one? [Full Story »]