September is Suicide Prevention Month and it's important that we be there for each other and take steps to prevent suicide. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention's theme for the month is to #KeepGoing, by taking simple actions to safeguard our mental health and save lives. From lear…
Regarding the face-mask controversy, almost all willingly wear clothing in public, which enables protection from such as mosquitoes, sunburn, indecent exposure charges, and maybe oglers.
In an unreleased report, the CDC classifies Alabama as a Red State. This label has nothing to do with our well-deserved classification as a Red State politically. Rather, much more importantly, the classification means that Alabama has entered a stage of increased Covid virus cases that warr…
In Richard Penaskovic's article: "Closing the gap between rich and poor," he makes four recommendations to accomplish this:
On the first Monday of June, Alabama commemorates Jefferson Davis’ birthday as an official state holiday. While this holiday may not directly impact our comings and goings that day, the notion of officially marking the birth of the president of a traitorous rebellion does not honor the value…
The horrendous costs in lives and jobs due to the coronavirus pandemic are devastating. On May 20, Johns Hopkins University reported U.S. deaths, due to coronavirus, were 91,938, and counting. Unemployment is rampant.
On January 15, NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced the recent decade was the hottest ever recorded, caused largely by burning fossil fuels, which increases greenhouse gases (GHGs) in Earth’s atmosphere, leading to more disasters. While evidence of a global …
At the last meeting of the Auburn City Council, during the public comment session, a number of citizens came forward to express concern over the closing of HealthPlus, an Auburn landmark. News of the closing of this vital facility has been bouncing around for a couple weeks, and the hospital…
Thank you to all our amazing, brave men and women in uniform with the Auburn Police Division and Auburn Fire Division. This past year has been a very difficult and challenging time for our community, especially for each of you, but your commitment to our community has never waned or faltered…
This is a response to anarticle by Richard Penaskovic: “Global Climate Change, part two: Hope for the future,” The Auburn Villager, Nov. 7, 2019.
This is a response to the letter to the editor by David Newton in the Oct. 24 Auburn Villager titled “Must discuss climate change.”
Based on personal conversations, the recent extreme (hot, dry) weather in Alabama and the Southeast has caused more citizens to discuss climate change.
I attended the Aug. 27 Auburn University Senate meeting to see if Interim President Jay Gogue would live up to his well-earned repute of rarely missing Senate meetings and taking questions from those present. I was not disappointed.
There is at least one factor common to the exodus of people of Central America to the U.S., the civil war in Syria, and the fleeing of residents of the Sahel in Africa to Europe. That factor is drought, which scientists report has been worsened by human caused climate change, resulting from …
I recently learned of plans in the works for a parking deck on College Street in the greenspace between the library and the Comer Hall parking lot and must admit that I felt physically ill.
During the mayoral candidate forum in August 2018, I questioned the candidates about how they felt about the 75-foot height in the College Edge Overlay District in the Urban Core.
Rarely do I disagree with my friend Richard Penaskovic, but I feel a duty to express reservations on some, although not all, of the points in his recent column (published Jan. 17 in The Villager) in opposition to President Trump’s proposal to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria.
After reading David Housel's column in the Sept. 13 issue of The Villager, I couldn't help but reflect on my own Auburn football memories. And as David said, "Memories. Oh, those memories!"
The Affordable Care Act of 2010 does several important things for my family. Most importantly, it requires that insurance companies cover pre-existing conditions without charging so much for that coverage that no one can pay for it. This means that my grandchild, niece and nephews who have l…
I have read and agree with the letters to the editor supporting Ron Anders for Auburn mayor, including those from David Housel, County Commissioner Sheila Eckman and my favorite from Ron’s son, Josh Anders.
The most important city election in many decades will be upon us shortly. Two weeks from this coming Tuesday we can determine our town’s future, but only if we are active participants in the process.
We have the chance to place a true leader on the Alabama State Board of Education. Please join me on Tuesday to send Tracie West to Montgomery to serve the children of not just East Alabama, but the entire state.
The 2018 Municipal Elections are upon us, as candidates have until July 17 to qualify. If space permits, please allow me to sound the call for citizens of Auburn to participate in the August 28 elections. Regardless of your political persuasion or interest in our community, every vote matter…
The recent tariffs proposed by the Trump administration are all part of reworking the "Free Trade" policy, which was a very successful campaign to bolster the world's trading nations and to bring emerging markets into the modern age.
The 2018 forecast for Atlantic hurricanes caused me to think about Houston, Texas, which experienced disastrous flooding from Hurricane Harvey in August 2017.
In his May 5 letter, A.L. DeWitt calls Moms Demand Action volunteers liars and then makes the dubious claim that background checks on all gun sales will lead to a national gun registry.
Kerrie Munoz thoughtfully tells us in her April 19 letter that the “Gun Sense Seal” is not an endorsement. As an NRA Life member, I could not agree more.
Auburn City Council voted on April 3 to increase the height limit of buildings in the College Edge Overlay District, disregarding a recommendation by the Urban Core Task Force (UCTF) as well as its own decision in 2016 that this special part of Auburn deserved protective restrictions.
As many of you know, on April 27, 2011, a series of tornadoes came through the state of Alabama, killing hundreds of people while also destroying neighborhoods and homes. When devastation happens, many do not know what to do or how to help.
This being an election year, many candidates are posting on social media that they have earned Moms Demand Action’s Gun Sense Seal of Distinction. Comments that accompany these posts lead me to believe that the group is misunderstood, and I would like to clarify some issues.
On Tuesday, April 3, the City Council will vote on extending the building height downtown by Toomer’s Corner to 75 feet from the 65 feet passed two years ago.
The debate on height in Auburn’s downtown has been raging for the past 12 years. The ordinance of building height was changed in 2007, 2010 and 2015. Each time, citizens have asked their city council to “pay attention to scale.”
On Feb. 19-20, the northern-most weather station on Earth, Cape Morris Jesup, Greenland, experienced temperatures above freezing (about 45 degrees above normal) for over 24 hours.