A click-bait world: You won’t believe what happens next

February 2018 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off on A click-bait world: You won’t believe what happens next

These are different times. Depending upon whom we ask, social media is a God-send or the root of all evil. Good news and bad news, and even “fake news” can spread like wild-fire. My preference is “good news.”  I can ...

Ode to YouTube…or should that be ‘owed’?

January 2018 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off on Ode to YouTube…or should that be ‘owed’?

Readers of this column will recall that I believe the internet will destroy civilization as we know it. It draws out the dark side of people and provides a voice for every wing nut in the universe, including those that ...

Move along: Nothing to see here

January 2018 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off on Move along: Nothing to see here

Now that the City of Silverton has re-purchased the Pettit property south of town, you will soon have the opportunity to rent the house for your very own. Just be aware that the decor is a little “dated”.... Which will ...

In the village: Our prayers are answered

January 2018 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off on In the village: Our prayers are answered

There’s just something about Lucy. Maybe it’s the smile, or the pterodactyl laugh that comes deep from her cute little belly out of the blue. Maybe it’s the absolute joy on her little face whenever she hears the “Happy Birthday” ...

(Not) The End of the World: Finding the fantastic

January 2018 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off on (Not) The End of the World: Finding the fantastic

I know it’s popular to fret about stuff. Politics especially seem to get folks excited and upset. You’d think it was the end of the world. Again. I’ve been running loose on the planet now for more than six decades, and ...

Football flashback: Foxes, Trojans make playoff runs

December 2017 Posted in Columnists & Opinion, Community, School, Sports | Comments Off on Football flashback: Foxes, Trojans make playoff runs

Silverton High turned in a 7-4 football season under first-year coach Josh Craig and came within 57 seconds of advancing to the Class 5A semifinals. “We’re very proud of these guys,” Craig told Our Town. “We couldn’t ask for a better ...

Dear Parrot Heads: Concert etiquette and homework for old duffers

December 2017 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off on Dear Parrot Heads: Concert etiquette and homework for old duffers

Two events occurred nearly simultaneously this fall. They both got me to thinking. The first was when I went to a Jimmy Buffett concert. I know, what a cliche. An old duffer (me) going to listen to an older duffer (Jimmy). I ...

A gentleman’s art: Tales of a young man’s pipe dreams

November 2017 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off on A gentleman’s art: Tales of a young man’s pipe dreams

In my hometown of Bozeman, Mont., there was a pool hall that dabbled in fine English tobaccos. These came in neat little tins because they were cured under pressure allowing the juices of one type of tobacco to blend with ...

Time for playoffs: Teams angle for postseason slots

November 2017 Posted in Columnists & Opinion, Sports | Comments Off on Time for playoffs: Teams angle for postseason slots

Playoff season and district competition are approaching for area high schools. Here is a look at how the races and matchups are shaping up: Football: Silverton (5-3 overall, 3-3 in the Mid-Willamette Conference) has clinched a playoff spot heading into the ...

Make a bid: The perfect place for Amazon’s new headquarters

November 2017 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off on Make a bid: The perfect place for Amazon’s new headquarters

I hear Amazon is looking for a place to build its new “second” headquarters. Seattle is a pain in the you-know-what to drive around, so chief Amazonian Jeff Bezos figures he’ll dangle the possibility of a new headquarters out and ...

Human kindness: Something special is in our genes

October 2017 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off on Human kindness: Something special is in our genes

It was 16 cents, but what it meant to me was worth a lot more. I was at the convenience store the other day, buying a pint – of 2 percent milk, that is. I buy milk almost every day to ...

All stars: A newspaper lovers’ guide to columnists

May 2017 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off on All stars: A newspaper lovers’ guide to columnists

God, I love newspapers. Not the faint whispers of journalism you see stumbling along these days, but real, robust newspapers packed full of insightful and important things that I need to know. I’m talking about The New York Times, The ...

Nurturing types: Stories about caring for the young and not-so-young

April 2017 Posted in Columnists & Opinion, Community | Comments Off on Nurturing types: Stories about caring for the young and not-so-young

Miss Becky is leaving the building. Mic drop. After 12 years of hugging, loving, and teaching three and four year old little darlings, Becky Detherage is hanging up her pre-school hat. Becky started James Street Christian Preschool at the Assembly of God ...

A life changer: Sweet, sweet music memories

April 2017 Posted in Columnists & Opinion, Music & Band | Comments Off on A life changer: Sweet, sweet music memories

I remember the day that changed my life.  I was in ninth grade and a friend and I got tickets to a concert. It wasn’t just any concert. Gladys Knight and the Pips and the Temptations were the featured acts. By ...

The Itch: Call of the great outdoors

March 2017 Posted in Columnists & Opinion, Community | Comments Off on The Itch: Call of the great outdoors

It’s the beginning of March. It’s been cold. Usually wet. We’ve seen our share of rain. Even snow this year. The sky is dark and gray, gray, gray, and the days have been short. It’s the time of year best ...

Sliderules: The tool of the titans… some called them nerds

March 2017 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off on Sliderules: The tool of the titans… some called them nerds

I was cleaning out my desk drawers at home the other day, and ran across one of the most powerful computers ever invented. It was an Acu-Math No. 500, also known as a slide rule. I showed it to my 20-year-old ...

How I see it: Please, don’t make excuses for bad behavior

February 2017 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off on How I see it: Please, don’t make excuses for bad behavior

This is a hard column to write because it represents things I care deeply about. Some people will agree with me, some won't. Let me politely say, "I don't care." God bless Vic Gilliam and his family. Red or blue, conservative ...

Give your best: SHS senior Megan Mannion selected Future First Citizen

January 2017 Posted in Columnists & Opinion, School | Comments Off on Give your best: SHS senior Megan Mannion selected Future First Citizen

By Kristine Thomas Silverton High School senior Megan Mannion clearly followed the advice given to her by her parents, John and Inga Mannion. Whether it’s competing on the volleyball court or softball field, organizing an event for the Associated Student Body, studying ...

Body maintenance: My car gets a checkup, so why shouldn’t I?

January 2017 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off on Body maintenance: My car gets a checkup, so why shouldn’t I?

I try to take good care of my car. Every 3,000 miles or so I have the oil changed. I used to do it myself, but I find crawling under a car is less inviting as a I slip past ...

A few thoughts: Good work, hard work and a new baby

January 2017 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off on A few thoughts: Good work, hard work and a new baby

It does my heart good to see anybody but especially young people step out of their comfort zone to help others, selflessly, compassionately and without the need for accolades.   Ismael Caudle, Mateo Miller and Rieve Randall are three Silverton Cub Scout ...

Trump’s turn: How the new president and Congress can fix health care

January 2017 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off on Trump’s turn: How the new president and Congress can fix health care

A few years ago, I invented a new health care system that would be far superior to Obamacare, Medicare and all the other forms of care we taxpayers are now forced to finance. With Donald Trump’s election as the next ...

Bird is the word: Honestly grateful

November 2016 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off on Bird is the word: Honestly grateful

I’ve got to be honest with you. It’s been a hard year. From riding the highest highs of becoming a mother to the lowest lows as I held my brother’s hand as his marriage broke apart. From navigating the sleepless early ...

History Lessons: We need some education and accountability

November 2016 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off on History Lessons: We need some education and accountability

If you’re under 60 years old, don’t read this column. You won’t understand it. I remember growing up in the 1950s and 1960s. They were not the “good old days,” as some people describe them, but they were different in ...

The Man about town: There’s only so much we can do

November 2016 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off on The Man about town: There’s only so much we can do

The Man will readily admit that doesn’t watch much Major League Baseball, the game just doesn’t move fast enough to hold my interest. But I gotta tell ‘ya the 7th game of this years World Series was one of the ...

People out loud: Ever present to be thankful

November 2016 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off on People out loud: Ever present to be thankful

This is a year for which we have so many things to be thankful. Individually, we have to determine if our glass is half full or half empty. That is a personal philosophy dictated by individual circumstances, personalities and choice. ...