Congratulations on not robbing the banks

In the first round of the 1925 US Open of golf, Bob Jones prepared to hit a corner shot from the 11th hole rough. He inadvertently hit his ball with the wedge, causing it to move slightly. He penalized himself instantly.

The referees could not verify that the ball had moved, so they left the assessment of the one-stroke penalty to Jones, who was adamant that his ball had moved. A one-stroke penalty that no one except Jones had witnessed.

After regulation play, Jones was tied with Willie Macfarlane and lost the 18-hole playoff to him. When people praised Jones for his honesty, he replied, “You might as well congratulate me for not robbing a bank.”

In today’s climate I often think of Jones because I have read or heard of so many people who want to glorify a person for doing their job, for doing the job as it is in the description of job. No one should get extra applause for doing what is required or necessary. This is why he or she is there in the job – to accomplish by overcoming the obstacles and difficulties encountered in performing the prescribed work,

As a wrestling coach, I reminded my charges that iron sharpens iron, a paraphrase of Proverbs 27:17. These three words were printed on the back of our team t-shirts. Wrestlers realized that the best way to help a teammate become a better person and a better wrestler was to be a hard surface to hone on. In doing so, both became better.

All cultures need heroes, people to admire for their integrity, bravery and courage. However, let’s not set the bar too low. After all, if we do, you might as well congratulate someone on not robbing a bank.

— Roger Barbee


Just as they are

I will put it in simple terms.

I received the message you sent on the 4th of July

So here is my answer

What about Faith?

Your ignorance got me hot

A little crazy

Tell my children that they had

To get out of the streets once I saw a rush of rebel flags

Don’t you think that’s pretty brave

That a percentage of money gave

Was it black people to fund your hate parade?

It consisted of insinuations from those who said “Legacy not hate”

A Walk by Robert E. Lee

Guns fire into the crowd

Confederate’s Son

It’s a slap in the face

Walk around the fair

I can’t believe what I saw

There was a shooting in Chicago

And you draw an AR 15

hi sunset town

Forget the way it was

Your biker gangs with confederate flags

Don’t intimidate me

People keep saying “That’s the way they are”

Now that’s just crazy

If four quarters make a dollar

So we all have the right to change

— Gregory Burroff-Smith


Do we really need another Sheetz?

The proposed Sheetz on Peeler Road will add congestion to an already congested and dangerous intersection.

Coming from the freeway into Peeler Road is already a challenge with the Pilot and Loves locations. Many motorists don’t think the stop signs are for them and continue to take Peeler Road from the northbound ramp on Peeler Road. Trucks are parked everywhere and many stop on Peeler Road in front of traffic.

I wonder how it went from a voluntary annexation proposal for this property to a rezoning to help make it happen. I guess the partially fallen warning sign on a property on Peeler Road that I just saw the other day that cannot be read from a car is our opinion.

I like Sheetz, but it’s not a good choice.

—Rebecca Hermann


Everyone should see Moore’s exhibit

The Waterworks Visual Arts Center is currently hosting a very special exhibition in memory of our dear friend, Don Moore, who passed away this spring.

Anne Scott Clement, Executive Director, worked with Don’s family to put together a most stunning exhibition of his prolific work, which showcases his incomparable talent and vast knowledge of artistic techniques.

An exhibition of a single artist happens very rarely. However, Don’s impact on WVAC, on his hundreds of students, on his family and friends warrants an exceptional effort.

His work has been shown in major national juried exhibitions and he has taught at colleges and universities in Alabama and the Carolinas. After retiring from Mitchell Community College in 2004 after 32 years teaching and serving as head of their art department, he continued to teach figure drawing at WVAC.

Offering himself fully to WVAC, he volunteered for whatever needed to be done, such as being a guide to visit school children and serving on the board of directors. No task was too small for this charming man who even acted as doorman! Don was the first to receive the Centre’s Volunteer of the Year award.

WVAC staff would like to make visiting this amazing exhibit easier for weekend families. Therefore, WVAC will be open on six special Saturdays: July 23; July 30; August 6, August 13; August 20 and 27 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

We invite you to share our affection and respect for this very special man who we miss terribly.

— MT Sidoli