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“So, Mary Kate Ridgeway writes in her P-I food column on the history and merits of broccoli. Broccoli! I’ve never met Mrs. Ridgeway, but I fear her position on the broccoli matter means she and I are finished as pals without ever getting started.” — Clyde Peterson, Houston.

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“Two things you don’t want to do in the world of athletics: 1) take the field against the Henry County Patriots, or 2) get into a cross-country race with anybody named Winders.” — Clyde Peterson, Houston.

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“You ever do any clicking on that collection of announcements on the left side of The Post-Intelligencer homepage (www.parispi.net)? I haven’t much, but I did last Friday got quite a payoff. There was a piece on there via the Henry County Medical Center about Starla Roberson becoming certifi…

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“Noticed in Tuesday’s ‘From The P-I files’ feature that 75 years ago, Mr. C. S. Russell was opening his new Pontiac dealership at 822 E. Wood Street here in Paris. That had to be a big deal, ’cause back in the day, a new Pontiac was the equivalent of one of today’s hot new BMW vehicles. Ask …

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“Friday: A whopping HCHS football win, ‘Noon on the Square’ kicked off and all is right with the Henry County world!” — Clyde Peterson, Houston.

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“Saw on the news where President Donald Trump referred to himself as ‘The Chosen One.’ Well, of course! That explains everything.” — Clyde Peterson, Houston.

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“I get quite a razzing from my grandkids about my continuing addiction to watching and re-watching my old Saturday westerns from the 1940s. Caught a Hopalong Cassidy yarn from 1944 on the tube today. Seems Sheriff Hoppy and all the good guys were standing down a bunch of bad guys who were be…

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“Saw the picture of the winners of the Henry County Fair trivia teams competition in last Friday’s Post-Intelligencer and had to wonder, 1) will we being seeing these fellows in the International Trivia Olympics at some time in the future, and 2) are these trivia athletes aware that Alan Lad…

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“Texas Congressman John Ratcliffe and President Donald Trump have reconsidered and withdrawn the idea that Ratcliffe should be the next national director of U.S. intelligence. That’s a shame. Given Ratcliffe’s Texas-sized descriptions of his abilities and experience, he could have easily end…

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“Be on the alert! That nerdy looking guy at your door asking if he can cut your lawn just might be former Microsoft guy Bill Gates trying to pick up a few bucks to recover from the financial embarrassment of dropping from being the second richest person in the world all the way down to only …

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“The test of courage comes when we are in the minority. The test of tolerance comes when we are in the majority.” — Ralph W. Sockman, American clergyman (1889-1970).

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“I gotta wonder about this stuff of people being told to go back their points of origin: Does that mean I should be learning Swedish, or just be brushing up on my Tipton County and Buchananese language skills?” — Clyde Peterson, Houston.

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“Just read a learned piece from a couple of guys associated with the Hoover Institute at Stanford University — smart guys. They laid out a long-term outline for dealing with problems in Central America that are pushing people to our borders. It was all about aiding in improvements in the mec…

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“Just read another spate of stories on the future of space travel, but you gotta wonder that since no space destination is known to have chocolate, West Tennessee barbecue or the likes of our own Old Buchanan, what would be the point of going there?” — Clyde Peterson, Houston.

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“A few more whiz-bang, over-the-top, look-at-me proposals by some of the alleged 2020 Democratic contenders and they’re going to have to start having their debates in rubber rooms.” — Clyde Peterson, Houston.

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“Did you see The Post-Intelligencer story on that study predicting global warming could kill off great chunks of the planet’s sea life? Expanding on that a bit: I wonder if by any lucky chance Asian Carp might turn out to be among the imperiled heat-sensitive aquatics?” — Clyde Peterson, Houston.

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“Last Friday was National Donut Day. Slipped right up on me. You too? Let’s atone by tying into maybe three dozen each of those babies by sundown today!” — Clyde Peterson.

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“Salt and light: Stay alert and bloom where you are planted.” — Herb Manitsky, Paris.

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“You want to see what courage looks like? Head out to see the replicas of two of the ships that brought Christopher Columbus and his crews to the New World. The replicas of the Nina and the Pinta will be docked at Marker 66 Marina and Grill, 41 Marina Drive since May 24 through their departu…

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QUESTION: I work in the automotive industry, but my passions are really health and fitness.

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“Let me see if I’ve got this straight: Central Americans, who are illegal immigrants as they pass through Mexico, show up in our country as illegal immigrants here seeking asylum from their Central American countries, where upon we return them back across our border to Mexico, where they are…

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“Wow! Fox News has a story where Ann Coulter says she’d consider voting for Bernie Sanders. 1) Let me tell you how much I care for whom Ann Coulter might vote, and 2) kudos to Ann Coulter’s marketing genius for attaching her name to anything but anything that might draw attention to herself.…

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“President Donald Trump has backed off on his threat to close the Mexican border, a move that experts said would have had a staggering trade effect on everything from avocados to autos. Close call. I’ve already got a car, but I’m down to my last avocado.” — Clyde Peterson, Houston.

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“You can kill a man, but you can’t kill an idea.” — Medgar Evers, U.S. civil rights activist (1926-1963).

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“The line was once that the Sun literally never set on the British Empire; but now very comes the prospect that, figuratively, the Brits may experience their very own a solar eclipse for some time to come.” — Clyde Peterson, Houston.

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“Initially, I thought the platoons of Democrats going after their party’s 2020 presidential nomination were launching themselves way too soon. I was wrong. It’s going to take all the time they’ve got to un-ring some of the silly bells they’ve already rung just getting out of the chute.” — Cl…

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“Read with great interest Cassie Walsh’s Post-Intelligencer story on some of the heroes of Henry County. It was her story on the recent Henry County School System Board of Education meeting: their considered positions on current education matters; their reports on the statuses of education q…

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