February 11, 2016

OPINION: Cat tails and feline furry wardens

Rhonda Humble Publisher When I married my husband, he said the only good cat was a dead cat, but that was years ago and more cats than I can remember. Just like some marriages are split along political lines, one a Democrat, the other a Republican, he was the dog guy and I was the Continue Reading

Lessons learned on lying, stealing recalled

Rhonda Humble Publisher My mother always said she couldn’t abide a liar.  “Even if you murder someone,” she’d always admonish me. “Tell me the truth, and then we’ll handle the situation.” I never questioned if my mom thought I was going to grow up to be a murderer, or what she would do to handle Continue Reading

COLUMN: Growing old doesn’t mean changing styles

Rhonda Humble Publisher I’m getting a bit touchy about my age. A few associates have recently implied I might be on the downhill slide of middle age, but if they are trying to tell me something, I have decided not to listen. And if they know what’s good for them, they’ll pipe down. Now I’ll Continue Reading

OPINION: On big shots and bumblebees

By Rhonda Humble I miss the old days when it was okay to be an eccentric character. We seem to have lost something in our hodge-podge of politically correct earth tones. My dad was an inveterate putterer. He came back from World War II’s Battle of Bougainville restless and melancholy. I grew up listening to Continue Reading

OPINION: Tales from my bedside

So, as someone famous once said, the rumors of my demise are greatly exaggerated. Or, as my mother used to say; it’s best to know the difference in a fryer and and a stewing hen before you fix dinner – I’m a tough old bird.

OPINION: Debate unfashionable in age of sound bytes

Editor’s note: This column first appeared in The Gardner News in October 2004. My dad used to pride himself on being able to debate any issue. A self-educated man, he would read anything, and once a subject caught his interest, he devoured it. When involved in a discussion, dad would become very animated, stabbing the Continue Reading

OPINION: Tweeple don’t need RSS feeds for news

Rhonda Humble Guest Columnist There’s not room in my head for anything else. I think I have reached the tipping point where I’m becoming resistant to change. I’ve just learned to program my VCR, and now I’m expected to wire up a Wii. Now don’t get me wrong. I was doing pretty good at keeping Continue Reading

Column: Slow down; smell the weeds

Rhonda Humble Publisher It’s always disconcerting to run across a rude or mean-spirited person, but if you work with the public, you know they are out there.  Thankfully, they are in the minority. There’s a difference between someone who is dissatisfied with service and someone who genuinely enjoys being contrary. It’s easier to deal with Continue Reading

Opinion: Government mentally less like public service, more like big business

This column first appeared in the Dec. 14, 2005, edition of The Gardner News Government seems to have taken on a life of its own. As opposed to being “by the people, for the people,” government entities —  schools, counties, cities —  now seem to believe they have the same rights as individuals. They hire Continue Reading