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Paul Osborne

     I don’t know about you, but, for me, the Christmas season is especially refreshing this year. I love listening to the traditional Christmas songs with strong messages relating to the birth of Jesus Christ.
     Also, the songs like “White Christmas” and the “Frosty The Snowman” never get old to me and take me back to the holiday seasons when I was a kid.
     I enjoy the Christmas movies like “Christmas Story” and “Christmas Vacation” no matter how many times I’ve seen them.
     In the midst of so much hateful talk and actions that fill the media news, it feels so good to step back and ease our minds — and hearts — with the message of “peace and goodwill toward men”.
     Christmas is a time to focus on the “good news” that God loves us and sent his Son to reconcile the world to Him.
     Of course, as this week’s “Scrapbook” article on pages 4 sand 5 of the print and online editions, points out, “Controversy Over Celebrating Christmas” is not anything new.
     Even today, there are those who want equal time and attention paid to Satan.
     For me, the stability of life comes from what Christmas is about — new beginnings and the birth of the Son of God, who gave his life for us and offers redemption to a sin and war weary world.
     Thank God, for the true meaning of the Christmas Season.


     • RETIREMENT — Decatur City Manager Scot Wrighton has announced that he intends to retire in May 2024.
Wrighton was hired as City Manager in January 2019, and has indicated that he wants to ensure a smooth transition to the next manager.
     My “Viewpoint” on page 3 of the print and online editions, is about the city manager’s position and how, because of the nature of the position, city managers usually don’t win any popularity contests.

Scot England

     • GREAT SCOT!!! As reported in our Nov. 15th edition, former WAND-TV Reporter/Anchor Scot England had trained for two years to step into the boxing ring in Nashville on December 5th and, at 58 years of age, become the oldest professional welterweight boxer in the world.
     Scot achieved his goal even though he was punched hard by 23-year-old Jas-hawn Hunter, within a few seconds of the fight starting and Scot was knocked flat on his back!
     Scot got up, but the fight was officially declared over after what one report stated as “47 terrifying seconds”!
     Scot did achieve his goal and is now the oldest professional welterweight boxer in the world!
     Way to go, Scot! You achieved your goal — and survived!

     • PLANNING? I don’t know who did the scheduling but the decision to replace the overhead traffic signs on South Main St (Route 51 South) during the evening rush hour left a lot of people frustrated!
     All lanes of traffic were backed up all the way from Cleveland next to Lake Decatur north to Decatur Street.
     Not only that, both traffic lanes were closed at the top of the hill (at Cleveland) so there was no place for any cars to go!
     The sound of screeching brakes and some really irritated drivers on their way home from work filled the air as the only outlet was to take a left on Cleveland, go back to Franklin Street and head north back towards the downtown area! (Unless, of course, you wanted to go jump in the lake!)
     I realize that overhead signage has to be changed from time to time and big trucks and sign arms have to be used, but you have to be kidding to block both lanes of traffic at rush hour!!!
     I guess there was one positive: no one was driving over the speed limit!! Drivers were more in a “neutral” gear!!

     • NEW NAME — I complained in a previous column about how many politicians and fundraisers send me personal letters thinking my name is “Decatur”, as in Decatur Tribune.
     Well, I now have a new name from some of the email fundraisers and business ads: Ariana Grande, the American singer and actress!
     I’m getting lots of emails addressing me as “Dear Ariana”!
     My apologies to the real Ariana Grande.

      • I JOIN Brian Byers on WSOY’s Byers & Co. every Thursday morning at 7:00 for the City Hall Insider — something we’ve been doing for over 20 years.




• I JOIN Brian Byers on WSOY’s Byers & Co. every Thursday morning at 7:00 for the City Hall Insider.

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