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Popular syndicated columnist David Brooks regularly writes for the New York Times, but his work appears in publications throughout the country.  

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We southerners have some unique customs, and certain things we say on certain occasions. I think experts call it gracious living.  

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We pick up the dialogue a few minutes in the therapy session…

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When I was a sophomore, Brother Quigley, our religion teacher that year, told us, “You know, guys, even if you go to hell, you’re going to be surprised how much good you did in your life.”

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Putting up a Christmas tree at our house has long been a bittersweet process. Sadly, it has often been more bitter than sweet.

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On Sept. 10, 2018, the following was posted as part of my column: 

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Jesus: Listen up guys, because of the virus spread, the governor has mandated that people can only socialize in groups of 10 or less. Ten is the limit.

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I’m calling for a do-over election with more room for write-ins of things trustworthy and pure.

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Although I do not have the authority to make this declaration, I will do it anyway: October is the best month of the year. Even this year. Maybe especially this year.  All of the sweetness seems a little sweeter.  

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Sarcasm, insults, mocking, constant interruptions, accusations, eye rolling, raised voices and name calling.  I found it painful to watch portions of the first Trump-Biden debate because it reminded me too much of some of the worst couples therapy sessions I’ve been apart of.  

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About a month ago, weary of continued semi-isolation, my wife and I began to think about a fall vacation. Because of canceled plans, we have a bunch of flight credit, so we considered all kinds of options.

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It’s a typical early afternoon in the Springfield Police Department’s Grammar Division when the phone rings.

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Although it would be pompous of me to imply I have enough correspondence from readers to have a regular feature called “Bob’s Mail Bag” or something of that nature, I do occasionally receive emails from folks who want to comment on something I write here.