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The columns of Richard C. James published in the Williamsport Sun Gazette.
Rethinking the last 40 years of living. Senator Barack Obama came to Williamsport and was well received by a large crowd at Lycoming College. Perhaps there is hope for the future. What an audacious thought.
Food for the Soul. We need more black businesses in Williamsport. How about an African-American restaurant? That is not just for blacks?
Saying hello to a stranger can be risky. An informal survey of friendliness in Williamsport. About 60% acknowledge a common courtesy.
Be Careful. You might have to practice what you preach. A call for help and volunteers for the Williamsport Main Street Program's promotion committee. How do I get myself into these things?
An exciting election season. I like Hillary and Obama. Heck, I even like McCain. Don't forget to vote!
Are Central Pennsylvanians bitter? Is there any truth in Senator Obama's unguarded comment that we're bitter? Are we gun-loving, bible toting red-necks?
Get ready for a downtown resurgence. There's even a rumor of a major retailer coming to town. Gas drilling offers promise to our area.
Recycling the Economy will require scavenger eyes. There are new opportunities, but we need to scrap old ideas. Recycle our junk.
Young Gentleman's Contract. It's all about self-respect and the respect of others. The YG's make a promise... in writing! A salute to CAPPA.
Rest assured Williamsport, all is well. A shout-out to all who protect us from harm. The cops and fire fighters and the others deserve our respect.
The new influx is coming. They said it on TV. They said that brash and unpredictable young white white males are coming to Williamsport. Will these unruly types be considered as a new influx?
The eleventh man needs a place to sleep. The transients' room at Williamsport's American Rescue Workers has only ten bunks. Will they they need more?
The history of the Bethune-Douglas Center. PD Mitchell came to Williamsport in 1943 and changed hundred of lives. Thank you Mr. Mitchell.
An apology to President George W. Bush. I blamed President Bush (#43) for everything; it was my fault. I should have voted in November 2000.
Sixteen tons and what do you get? How about a black President-elect! What are our expectations of the new President? November 23, 2008.
Music makes life sweeter.A thank you to all those folks that make music especially at Williamsport's Community Arts Center. December 9, 2008.
Learn from the past. Look forward to the future. No, it's not a recap of 2008. Instead, I am hoping for a brighter future. December 28, 2008.
A new era of fatherhood accountability. Barack Obama can set an example of fatherhood to millions of men. January 11, 2009.
Is Black History Month relevant anymore? Despite major acheivements by Black Americans, racist demeaning jokes and cartoons persist. February 1, 2009.
Where do you go if you're a pregnant teen? One residential facility has closed, is that a good thing? April, 2009.
Noted Neuro-Surgeon coming to Williamsport Dr. Ben Carson will speak at Community Arts Center. May, 2009.
Hateful rhetoric and political is fouling the air. It is the smell of fear... June 14, 2009.
Professor Gates and Officer Crowley stirs a memory of a stupid act. But I kept my promise. June 14, 2009.
Williamsport is the place to be. August 2009 was the best evah!. September 13, 2009.
Dissin' the Prez hurts us. Obama gets no respect from some people. October 4, 2009.
Stats are important. Relate to each other individually and globally. November 1, 2009.
Are you photo ready? Cameras are everywhere. Is there any privacy anymore? February 4, 2010.
Being born in this time and place has its benefits. American slavery was horrible. April 25, 2010.