1928 - Alderson High School - 1968



Writing A Column
Dan Duff

Trying to write a column is not easy. If you are like me, you always have something to say, but if someone asks you to put it in writing, you instantly become tongue tied. Or should I say finger tied, or maybe mind tied. If I write about my favorite political party, I will alienate half of the readers, and the other half will wonder if what I have to say is worth putting down on paper. If I write about my favorite religion I will alienate three quarters of the readers because they don’t believe the same way I do, and if they do, their church will do it just different enough to start a good Sunday fight.. If I talk about my favorite football team, I will run into about one other person who sides with me on that and everyone else will pick one of the other teams.

So just how do you write a column. I suppose that you have to pick a subject that will either benefit, educate or tickle a fancy or two. I had a friend that told me once that a real writer was a fellow that could tell you to go to blazes and you would actually find yourself enjoying the trip. I’ll give this thing a try and if it gets too many barbs back, I will throw the typewriter off the bridge in Alderson and make it an artificial reef for fish.

I like to read a columnist that doesn’t have a political agenda and will give me an unbiased story that tells it like it is. I like to read where the news story was printed no matter how many toes it stepped on. I suppose I could do that since I am doing this gratis. I don’t owe anyone anything or an allegiance to any cause that I know of, and so if it can be written without the use profanity, I suppose I could write it.

So that is what I will do, the subjects will be wide and varied. If I get stuck with nothing to write about I shall tell a tale or two about myself. If you have anything to add or embellish anything written here I will welcome your comments and criticism to a point.

I know that the nightly news people have made it a twenty four/ seven subject and the last thing most of you need to be reminded of is to VOTE. We have a wonderful thing in this country and that is the ballet box. If you don’t vote, you can’t gripe about who gets elected. Your voice can be heard . It must be heard.