Monday, June 6, 2016

Change/Mansion or Not?

From the Midnight Rider:

“Change.” Sometimes there has to be change to make progress. According to Webster Dictionary, change is defined as:

1. An event that occurs when something passes from one state or phase to another

2. The action of changing something

3. The result of alteration or modification

We recently wrote an article for Shoalanda Speaks about local City and Town Elections. In the article, we stated that people have to educate themselves about the candidates and vote for the person that you feel is best for the job. In that decision on who to vote for, it may involve “change”. I heard the statement once “to have change, there has to be change.” That is very true if you think about it.

Since we don’t live in any City or Town limits, we will not be able to vote in them. But, we have friends that do. So, I am going to take my own advice. I am going to get educated about the candidate that will be running for office. I am going to try to speak to candidates and relate the conversations back you to, the people who will be voting for them.

We will try to get information in at least each City election. We will be starting this series with Penny Freeman, running for District 4 in the City of Sheffield Election. We will post this information shortly.


We penned an article last week about Police Officer Turnover rate. A reader responded back that the City of Russellville Police Department has had a huge turnover of Officers. I do remember reading about this over the years. I will be looking into this and hopefully posting my findings soon.


Friday we lost Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali. He created barriers and then crossed them with his flair, his interviews and boxing skills. It didn’t matter if you were Black, White, or any other color, Ali would take them on in the Ring. R.I.P. Champ.

I am and always will be, the Midnight Rider.


Today marks the 50th anniversary of the conflagration that destroyed the Forks of Cypress north of Florence. It seems the perfect time to try to answer a question a reader sent some  months ago. Briefly, the reader took exception with calling the Weeden Home a mansion; it was, the reader stated, more of a manor house.

It sounds logical that the less grandiose word should apply to a large home, but not one of especially grand status. Most homes built in upscale subdivisions since 1970 or so are more palatial than such homes as Sweetwater or the Forks. We decided to look up actual definitions in Wikipedia and found that there may be little difference between the words “mansion” and “manor.” Here’s the article, but you may come away with more questions than answers:

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