Well, in case no one has noticed (ha!), there’s no huge slate of college football games on tap for this Saturday. Yep, like the old Roy Orbison song, “It’s Over.” No matter whether one is happy, sad or outraged over the outcome of that national championship final, college football is going away until next fall.
So January of 2018 came in like a polar bear. At least it wasn’t an Abominable Snowman.
NOTE: I’ve run this column for years as my last column before Christmas, and I see no reason to change now. True, a lot of changes have taken place in my life since the first time this column appeared. Shucks, I’ve even retired. But I think it still works. Besides, some folks have actually told me they look forward to it. As for others, I wish them a merry bah and a happy humbug.
So, how goes it? How are the reindeer? Are they magic like you? Or will any of them be retiring soon? I mean, it’s been almost 200 years since they were introduced. Does Rudolph’s nose ever need recharging? Is Mrs. Claus keeping you well-fed?
I wrote recently that the main things I dislike about Christmas are the things that make people heave a sigh of relief on the evening of Dec. 25, and say, “Thank goodness it’s over.”
I want to clear up a couple of things before I go.
The tree is up at Scrooge’s house. This is what happens when Scrooge marries a Christmas nut.
The second-most requested editorial subject from my readers this month, behind the city’s aquatic center boondoggle, was the state of the Forrest City School District and the quality of its leadership. This is a loaded topic, one that I have managed to avoid for my nearly two-year tenure at the Times-Herald. And it’s a topic that could take two years to fully anatomize. The state of the district is the accumulation of not just the current administration, but those that predate my time as a student there. And believe it or not, it was this very topic that led to the demise of the Forrest City High School newspaper, The … Continued
I used to look forward to Thanksgiving for a reason not many people have. While I worked at the Times-Herald, we didn’t publish on that holiday, and since my column came out on Thursday, I was off the hook for that week.
Last week, I asked what you, my readers, what you wanted to read in these last few editorials before I depart. And those of you who responded, to no real surprise, wanted to read more about the city’s swimming pool boondoggle.