The astonishing Bartolo Colon started in Burlington and is still rolling along

Everything old is, well, old again. Make that older. Sunday night I decided to tune into the ESPN Sunday night game. The defending World Series champion Houston Astros were on the schedule. They're an interesting team. Seemed to beat watching the Oklahoma City-Utah NBA playoff game anyway. Turned out it was. The Astros were playing … Continue reading The astonishing Bartolo Colon started in Burlington and is still rolling along

Memories of friend and colleague Mike Wilder still vivid after five years

When Burlington Times-News reporter and friend Mike Wilder was in the final days of his 45 years on earth  I began compiling a list of things I would remember about him most. Funny how the little stuff sticks with you. I thought I’d share it again today, the five-year anniversary of his death from cancer … Continue reading Memories of friend and colleague Mike Wilder still vivid after five years

Can’t you smell that smell? Industrial hog farm practices go to court, finally

I saw an Associated Press story this morning about the start of a federal civil trial involving pork-producing giant Smithfield Foods and folks who unfortunately live near massive industrial livestock operations -- sites labeled quaintly as "farms." This is apparently the first of dozens of lawsuits stemming from neighbors of the facilities where millions of … Continue reading Can’t you smell that smell? Industrial hog farm practices go to court, finally

Remembering April 1, 1993: 25 years ago a shooting spree rocked Burlington

I wrote this for the Burlington Times-News five years ago, on the 20th anniversary of a massing shooting in Burlington.  It is still one of the most troubling incidents in city history and a precursor of what would become more commonplace in America. Peace folks. Peace. ------------------- John Glenn knew nothing would be routine when … Continue reading Remembering April 1, 1993: 25 years ago a shooting spree rocked Burlington