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Paul Osborne

    • JUST AS we were going to press last week, two more candidates threw their hats into the candidate ring for Macon County Coroner.
     Tiffany Hall and Jeffrey Kashefska notified me of their candidacies. You can read their comments on page 12 of this week’s print and online editions.
     Hall and Kashefska join previously-declared candidate Michael Burkham in seeking to fill the coroner post that has been held for 20 years by Michael Day. Mike announced earlier that he wouldn’t be seeking re-election to the office.
     As we discussed on WSOY’s Byers & Co. last week, it’s good to see multiple candidates step forward and seek an office that is up for election.

     • LIGHTS ON! — I can’t figure out why some drivers do not have their car’s headlights on when they are driving at night.
     With the mornings staying darker longer this time of year, driving to the newspaper office each morning is somewhat scary when usually two or three cars are moving in the pre-dawn darkness without any lights on.
     That’s especially dangerous when the cars are black or another dark color and are moving on a newly-resurfaced black-top road like Route 51 South.
     I’ve had more than one driver tell me they’ve almost pulled onto the highway in the early morning before seeing the movement of a car with its lights off.
     Driving in the pre-dawn with headlights intentionally off is extremely dangerous.

     • OTHER EXTREME — While I’m on the subject of car headlights, I’ve almost been blinded by some of the powerful headlights on a few approaching cars — and I don’t even think they had their bright lights on! I think the headlights, even on dim, were extremely bright and should not be allowed as standard equipment.
     If you see my infamous-possessed car “Christine” wearing sunglasses over her headlights, you now know the reason is the extremely bright lights of a few approaching cars!

     • MY ‘VIEWPOINT’ column this week (print and online editions) is about a long, personal connection to the Transfer House.
     Ironically, a short time before I left the mayor’s office, I was honored by the Historical and Architectural Sites Commission for my work in saving the Transfer House.
     It was presented to me during a meeting inside the remodeled Transfer House — which was somewhat ironic.

     • I JOIN Brian Byers on WSOY’s Byers & Co. every Thursday morning at 7:00 for the City Hall Insider, something I’ve done for over 20 years. I’ve always enjoyed our discussions.

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