Miles of memories by Brenda Miles

“TOM AND BETTIE– A LOVE STORY” Earlier, I shared with you our grief at the death of our brother-in-law on January 4. Later, I happened to tell his and my sister-in-law’s story to a few readers and to a group of neighbors. All agreed it was a remarkable one they believed many women would enjoy, […]

Out of Bounds by Geary Leason

Have you ever been in a public place with lots of people around and you are involved in something that is taking place which is dreadfully embarrassing? There you are with your cheeks aflame, your ears on fire, and no place to hide. This predicament seems to happen to some people a lot more than […]

Out of Bounds by Geary Leason

“Sex, Intimacy and the Internet” A headline of this column from a couple of weeks worked so well in snaring curious, unsuspecting readers, I thought I’d try it again to increase the readership of this column. This ploy works for the Globe and the National Inquirer, so why not for the FFBNews. Once again, however, […]

Thinking out Load by Greg Allen

America, For Where Art Thou? Is this great land we call America vanishing before our very eyes? We need to be reminded of the sobering words of Nikita Khrushchev, who said: “You Americans are so gullible. No, you won’t accept communism outright, but we’ll keep feeding you small doses of socialism until you finally wake […]

Miles of Memories by Brenda Miles

“Putting Works into Someones Mouth” I recently saw a silly cartoon that gave me an idea for this column. The first frame showed two siblings sitting on the floor amidst piles of torn paper. The second frame showed the older of the two with a comic bubble showing a lightbulb above his head. He then […]

The Crazy Things We Did by Doug Nelson

“Almost a Cop” You would have thought a guy that grew up on the wrong side of the tracks in Chicago, would have enough street smarts not to join the military on April Fool’s day, right? Well, I guess you would be wrong then. I got to Lackland AFB April 1, 1965. Hair down to […]

The Crazy Things We Did by Doug Nelson

“The Rain Dance” It was April 1, 1965. I remember it well. I was in my first chow line at Lackland AFB Texas. Yup, day one April Fool’s Day, my first day of training. I wasn’t always so inept; you would have thought maybe I would have looked at the calendar before signing up. Oh […]

Thinking Out Loud by Gary Allen

“Totalitarians In Disguise” Has there ever been common ground among opposing factions? Maybe, but it’s seldom, for light cannot dwell with darkness nor can oil cohere with water. Nowadays there’s a war raging for the realm of ideas, tradition, and beliefs. For many, there’s no tolerance for such things anymore. It’s human nature to want […]

OUT OF BOUNDS By Geary Leason

“Why Not Something for Everybody” Barnhouse (“Barnie”) P. Smedley was desperately looking for a gimmick to invigorate his election campaign for the office of Constable of the Indian Township here in Van Buren County. Even though this elected office pays absolutely nothing, Barnie is determined to be a small frog in a small pond for […]

Out of Bounds by Geary Leason

“Fear Not” The 2008 Presidential election campaign’s dominant buzzwords were “Change” and Hope” (Obama) and “Reform, Prosperity, and Peace” (McCain). In 2012 Obama used “Forward” and “Believe” and Romney employed “Restore” as their key mantras. In the 2016 campaign that we are knee-deep into, the overriding slogans heard are “Fear” and “Distrust.” All these words […]