Congrats to Commissioner Cooper for retaining her seat!
Commissioner Carolyn Cooper will, after all, be unopposed and retain her seat on the Winter Park City Commission.
Obama's gun speech was a lesson in risibility.
Criminals are surely not going to limit any of their weapons or plans because of Obama’s words.
Protect the second amendment — with guns, if necessary.
Let us never fail to have the courage to protect our Second Amendment — even with guns, if necessary.
A collection of musings from Roney
How can one know who is really controlling the media?
A look back at Old Winter Park and Lake Virginia
At Christmas vacation time in 1931, I was in the middle of my sixth-grade year in Winter Park Grammar School.
Words to remember from Will Rogers, sage vaudevillian of the old west.
Will Rogers, was one of the greatest political sages in this country’s history.
Merry Christmas! A tale of a Christmas miracle come and gone.
A Christmas story for all ages
The figure of a Nazarene boy of some 2,000 years ago would ordinarily not command much attraction in today’s helter-skelter world.
The evidence of mundane evil is seen everyday in the strife that kills so many of us in war and terrorism that leave little or nothing of lasting value in their wake.
A lack of patriotism
Are the days forever gone when Old Glory reminds us of our allegiance to the flag of the United States?
Man is a quixotic creature
It occurs to me that life itself is one long war interspersed with blessed Armistice pauses, during which people rely for a while on hopes and dreams that never seem to come completely true.
My life has been one long repetitious Thanksgiving
For even the smallest of human kindnesses in our lives, let us not ever forget to say “Thanks!”
A way with words
I thought I knew all about words and language, but the other day, a friend used the word “paraprosdokian” and it stopped me in my tracks.
Think carefully, vote wisely
The power is in our hands — your future and your children’s future depend on your wise voting decision.
Are we present-day Americans living in an apocalyptic end-of-the-world scenario?
Master guitarist in Rollins recital
On Oct. 11, the Bach Festival Society’s Visiting Artist Series presented famed guitarist Paul Galbraith, in Rollins College’s Tiedtke Hall.
I have been lucky in my life, and the luck occurred invariably when I was not counting on it at all.
The good neighbor policy
One of the most rewarding of all human relationships is that involving “good neighbors.”
Dangerous global times
The prexy’s words “we’re all in this together” were said with energy — or was it trepidation?
Obama's ever-evolving views
Believe Obama and his “something-for-nothing promises” and America, as we know it, is past history.
What are Barack Obama’s feelings about God? Does Obama have any such feelings, or is his “God” simply politics?
The Democrats formerly referred to God in their speech, but have, for reasons of their own, now chosen to make their comments in purely secular statements.
The possession of the power to defend the right is the best way to keep the wrong inactive.
The dirtiest words that I sit up and listen to with righteous indignation are words that suggest negative predictions for the American way of life.
Obama promised to vacate the premises if he did not accomplish all that he promised us.
Of all the great Americans in this land, why did we have to choose this loser?
"What is truth?"
Ever since Pontius Pilot asked Jesus, “What is truth?” human beings have been asking the same question.
An age to respect
When one was very young, in a traditional Southern family that had aged members, learning to “respect one’s elders” was traditional.
Is there any covert desire to weaken or eliminate the Second Amendment?
Can’t being wrong do great damage no matter what the intent?
What can you do with a person who has destroyed something of unimaginable value, something irreplaceable?
The Big Tree was sacred in the eyes of most of us Floridians who knew it and loved it.
The future of the American family depends upon slashing the president’s enormous spending. His present expenses are not sustainable.
Everything in sight to do with our government gets larger at every glance.
There were no sun-blocking lotions in those days, and if we applied baby oil, it was probably a useless precaution.
The country needs some R & R — no, not rest and recreation, Romney and Rubio!
No place like the USA
Whatever concept of God you have, if you have been around the world a bit, you’ll recognize that “America” is a blessed piece of real estate.
She’s the sweetest smart person I have ever known.
I was not always the luckiest of guys, but when this beautiful, intelligent, talented gal fell for a cracker like me, I knew I had hit the jackpot.
Now our president gets the idea that he can copy Roosevelt by attacking today’s unemployment with 1930s methods.
Unemployment was rampant, but our national debt was not yet as alarming as it is today.
Shaw said that dough should be spelled “doe,” though should be “tho,” through should be “thru,” cough should be “cawf.”
Finding new and more economical ways of saying things is admirable it seems to me.
It occurs to me how lonely my life would be if I confined my friendships solely to Conservatives….
An English acquaintance of many years born to considerable affluence has political opinions that are consistently Left wing.
Let's think of those heroes past and present who fought so that we can all be free Americans today.
When I was a kid, my father was more than my dad — he was my No. 1 “hero.”
“Forward” is the word ominously chosen by President Barack Obama as his campaign slogan this year.
America’s President Obama has been called a “Communist” by people privy to his innermost thoughts.
The theater at Trinity Prep School in Winter Park continues to be the setting for a great many exhibitions of what fine natural histrionic talent and wise guidance can accomplish.
That high school students would tackle a work on the level of Bernstein’s “Candide” is remarkable in itself.
Jealousy is the most unrewarding of human emotions — no one wins anything from it.
“Man wants but little here on earth, but that little is too often what another man has.”
Washington politicians are profiting mightily by trading stocks that are affected by political actions.
Why do we show famous paintings of naked women to grammar school classes as great art, and at the same time find photos of nude women pornographic?
The fact that the vote of a highly intelligent person could be invalidated by the bought vote of an illiterate disenchanted people then as it still may do today.
The long and short of it was that democracy’s reliance upon the masses of common people was equivalent to building a large edifice on an unstable foundation.
Harmony like no other
Chanticleer lived up to its reputation as “America’s premier vocal ensemble.”
Soon I had learned the song in Italian, by rote, though I did not understand a word.
In the mind of every mature artist resides a memory that was the beginning of his art, an inspiration that grew into an all-encompassing passion.
Physically, I was extremely careful to keep my relationship with Helena at arms length.
I met Helena Stratas the day she and my brother Desmond married in Westport.
If our court decides that a citizen can be ordered to buy an item — what disaster comes next?
My b.w. and I went to Tallahassee for two days last week to complete a project started some years ago by our dear friend, the late U.S. Sen. Paula Hawkins.
I came from a family where giving people a little more than they asked for was a moral duty.
In New Orleans, my mother used to buy from a local bakery where a dozen rolls included a 13th roll as “lagniappe.”
Bach concert review
The Takács Quartet plus a piano played a varied concert of Schubert, Ravel and Shostakovich in Tiedtke Hall at Rollins College.
I guess I’m seeking a plain “Tin Lizzie” when the Chevrolet has become a complicated chrome-plated behemoth.
War, politics and other recollections
A great orchestra plays great music to great effect
People hung the biggest diamondback rattlesnakes they had killed — some were 6- or 7-feet long! — on a fence in West Winter Park.
How many times come and go that leave their unique memories forever engraved in the back of one’s mind?
We phoned our Winter Park home and were told that during the night the temperature had hit 19 degrees and our outside pipes had burst!