"Thank God that I now have the privilege to contact you. May I now humbly introduce myself as I know that this mail may have reached you surprisingly. I am Eric Baadi, manager of Zenith Bank, Lagos, Nigeria. I have urgent and very confidential business proposition for you."
On Christmas Day, 1999, I was walking along the shore of Hoan Kiem Lake in downtown Hanoi.
Web. Such an apt word to describe an invisible net that drags in unsuspecting victims.
I recently read two stories that, at first glance, may seem unrelated.
I have now heard enough bad and sad news to last me the rest of my life. I watch the noon news on television and not only do I get to see houses that explode, killing people, but overturned tankers daily and apartment fires and molesting educators. And to make matters worse I get to see aerial shots from that darn helicopter. Then a minute later I get to see a helicopter from another state spinning out of control and crashing. Iraq daily is one dreary report. When I edit the obituaries every day they are loaded down with 52, 54, 58-year-olds dying.
As a staunch defender of the First Amendment, I encourage anyone to express their opinion about whatever they want, which is why I enjoy hearing from readers. I don't care if they agree or disagree with what I have written, be it in this column or in an article. The most important point is that they are reading the newspaper and becoming more informed citizens, and exercising their own freedom of speech rights.
In June 2002, I interviewed Adam McGarity about the journey on which he was about to embark a two-year stint in Romania with the Peace Corps.
By April Avison
Mrs. Mabel Anne Anderson, 81, of Jonesboro, Ga. and formerly of Clayton, Ala. passed away Sunday, May 9, 2004.
By Ed Brock
Clayton County Links
Lately it seems that the things I need, my essential personal belongings, are always somewhere I'm not. There is a song by Tom Waits called Big in Japan which helps to explain my current situation. In his gravely, croaking-like-a-toad voice, Waits sings, "I've got the sheets, not the bed, got the jam not the bread."
By Jeffery Armstrong
From staff reports
Mr. Arnold Brannon, 68, of Jonesboro, passed away Monday, May 10, 2004.
It was supposed to be a hobby that my husband and I could enjoy together. I, however, became obsessed.
By Greg Gelpi
By Ed Brock
By Anthony Rhoads
By Greg Gelpi
Compiled by Greg Gelpi
When it gets to the pita bread, someone has to draw the line.
By Michael Davis