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Thursday, December 3, 2020

Last week, for about a day, The Citizen Facebook page was inactive. It had been unpublished, which meant it was still visible to us, but not members of the public. We didn't unpublish it, nor were we told why it happened.

Thursday, December 3, 2020

Recently I started watching a new panel show produced by CBC called Because News. It features Canadian comedians and other personalities putting their own (sometimes funny) spin on the news.

Thursday, December 3, 2020

Since the beginning of the pandemic we have often been reminded, "We're all in this together". It remains just as true today as then, even if some people reject being part of the "we".

Thursday, December 3, 2020

The system needs help, Time to own up, A destructive loophole

Thursday, November 26, 2020

When Citizen founder Keith Roulston first named me editor of this fine newspaper he said it was important for The Citizen editor to live in the community the newspaper serves. Admittedly, at first, I didn't see the importance of such a move.

Thursday, November 26, 2020

Recently I realized I feel for (possibly/maybe/likely) outgoing United States President Donald Trump, I really do. There's no punchline here. I feel bad for the guy because he and I have something in common: we're both sore losers.

Thursday, November 26, 2020

The panelist on a TV news program about how to protect the public from false and distorted news on social media giants Facebook and Twitter probably spoke for many when he asked "Whatever happened to personal responsibility?"

Thursday, November 26, 2020

A risky endgame, Do you see what I see?, Straining the system

Thursday, November 19, 2020

It takes a village to raise a child, so the saying goes, but really, it takes a village to do just about anything. No one can change the world alone, nor can one tear it down.

Thursday, November 19, 2020

As I write this column on Monday, I can't help but look back over the last four days and realize that it's been a rough stretch for people in Perth and Huron Counties. That is, if they're taking the pandemic seriously.

Thursday, November 19, 2020

Central Huron is once again contemplating abolishing the ward system in time for the next municipal election in 2022. For me, it once again brings thoughts of the delicate balance of people versus geography.

Thursday, November 19, 2020

Canada loses a legend, Moving on, All that's fit to print

Thursday, November 12, 2020

The above phrase (take a step back, breathe deep) is advice that was once given to me by a teacher when I was much younger. As a kid (and let's be honest, as a 35-year-old now), I would often get worked up about something that, in the long run

Thursday, November 12, 2020

Now that the counting of ballots in the U.S. presidential election is finally complete, President-elect Joe Biden faces the almost impossible task of repairing a country nearly torn apart by its support or opposition to his predecessor, Donald J. Trump.

Thursday, November 12, 2020

Part of me wanted to write an obituary for the Donald Trump presidency, detailing the names of people we'll never have to think about again, but it seems a bit early for that.

Thursday, November 12, 2020

A sad day, Doing the right thing, Stand strong

Thursday, November 5, 2020

Economic development can be a very important part of making a community succeed when it comes to attracting and retaining new development, ranging from residential to commercial to industrial projects.

Thursday, November 5, 2020

When a hurricane, flood or some other natural disaster hits a country, people may complain that their government didn't respond to help victims quickly enough, but they generally don't question if the emergency happened at all.

Thursday, November 5, 2020

How many times have you been talking with a friend or a family member about something in the news and one of you has neglected to elaborate on a talking point, saying they only read the headline?

Thursday, November 5, 2020

Marital discord, The few over the many, Not quite the end

Thursday, October 29, 2020

Keeping the Herd Safe, Three's Company, Thinking Forward

Thursday, October 29, 2020

Among Halloween, Thanksgiving, Remembrance Day and, on the horizon, Christmas, COVID-19 has taken its toll on regular celebrations this year.

Thursday, October 29, 2020

As American voters prepare for election day next Tuesday, I can't help thinking of the family member we used to speak about as being "wired" differently.

Thursday, October 29, 2020

Maybe it was all that congratulatory back-slapping in last week's issue as The Citizen marked its anniversary, but it got me thinking about what we do here every week and how, just like so many other jobs, it runs deeper than the final product.

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