Columns/Opinions

Wed
30
Jul

Drive-in movie theaters disappearing from landscape

Every time I see a news story about movie theaters in a newspaper, it resurrects memories. Small town theaters in particular evoke tales of yesteryear.
For a period of time, the theater business was a sideline and a source of income in those younger years when I tried to blend love, marriage, a career and a desperate need for enough money to support the mix.
While newspapering has always been a seven-day-a-week

 

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Wed
23
Jul

Three math whizzes are enough for one family

Three out of four isn’t bad, huh?
As written here before, I’m the eldest of four sons in the Webb family.
Our parents came up during the Great Depression and, want to or not, they didn’t have easy opportunities to further their education.
Both were humble people, shy to a fault, in their demeanor around people.
Neither had it in them to

 

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Wed
16
Jul

‘Dr.’ Webb’s grads give him the ‘puffy chest’

Alright, everyone is allowed a case of “puffy chest” once in awhile.  
Although I’ve been proud of most people with whom I’ve been associated, some stand out and make me think I might have made a good journalism professor.
It’s those we sort of kick-started or otherwise boosted past that

 

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Thu
10
Jul

No real convictions for nameless Internet editorialists

Be forewarned. We’re about to get into a subject about which I have very strong opinions and I will point fingers, call names and “throw down the gauntlet of verbal and written ‘combat’.”
I want to be sure everyone knows where I’m coming from on this.
First of all, everyone in the legitimate news business is required by ethics and various rules and laws, particularly of print publications, to sign their writing, i.e., put their name on a column/opinion piece.
Often, as with my column in most publications, it carries a photo of the author.
As I’ve often half-jokingly

 

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Wed
02
Jul

Singing national anthem strains my vocal chords

As I sit at the desk in my “man cave” (Life Mate’s name for it) in the pre-dawn hours of Independence Day 2013, I think about strained vocal chords.
Mine, when I try to sing the Star Spangled Banner, even in my mind as I’m doing now, it hurts.
It makes me wince when I think about all the butchered solo renditions I’ve heard at Independence Day celebrations, meetings, conventions, sporting events and other such gatherings.
Some people just shouldn’t try to sing

 

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Wed
25
Jun

Teens ‘stealing’ watermelons turned to trouble

As one might expect, teenagers in a small Texas town in the 1950s had to hunt for excitement and sometimes that was often spelled t-r-o-u-b-l-e.
Left to their own designs, with no real entertainment available, teenage boys can create a whole mess of trouble.
Now remember this was more than 60 years ago, a more innocent time.

 

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Wed
18
Jun

Quotes good for reporters, not public figures

“I like your column about Charlie Wilson. Sounds like you know him pretty well, like maybe y’all’s hats hung from some of the same bedposts.” - Joe Tonahill, renowned attorney and bon vivant.
Reporters love good quotes. They make a story more real, more human.
Sometimes they “spice up” a story that might otherwise be rather dull.
Often, they’re pretty funny, occasionally hilarious. And, sometimes a quote is downright scary.
Quotes from colorful people like

 

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Wed
11
Jun

Father-in-law original ‘Ol’ Man with Rock’

On several occasions, including a few Father’s Day columns, I’ve written of my late father and those particularly special moments in his all-too-short 57 years.
This year, I’m going to memorialize another great father, my late father-in-law, Joel Clifford Bollinger, known all his life as Jay or J.C.
The reason he was known by the initial is somewhat amusing.
Jay was

 

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Wed
28
May

Did you know

Did you know there are two new clothing donation boxes in Fairfield?
The Shriners are accepting items of women, men and children’s clothing, along with shoes, linens and small household items at two locations.
One is located at the

 

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Wed
21
May

Did you know

Did you know you can buy a sewing machine in Fairfield?
Darlene Jones, who is in charge of Market Days, told me there is a vendor that comes to

 

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