Civility: Bogie-Style – by Mayor Paul Becker

A Few Minutes with the Mayor – March 2017

Did you wake up angry this morning? A great many people do, judging by the news reports every day. I’ve never seen so many people this angry […]

Reflecting on Change – by Mayor Paul Becker

A Few Minutes with the Mayor – February 2017

Each New Year finds me more perplexed than usual regarding the subject matter for this column. Due to my degree in history, I am tempted to write […]

A Big “Thank You” to All – by Mayor Paul Becker

A Few Minutes with the Mayor – December 2016/January 2017

Another Thanksgiving holiday has come and gone. For me, this one was special because I owe so very many people a big “thank you” for their […]

Why I Want to be Mayor! – by Mayor Paul Becker

A Few Minutes with the Mayor – November 2016

Here we are—election time again, with the media blasting out the latest “he said”…”she said” news daily until one is worn out! Therefore, it is with some […]

Madcap Elections – Real and Not-So-Real – by Mayor Paul Becker

A Few Minutes with the Mayor – October 2016

Before addressing our tagline, here is the long-awaited announcement concerning a Public Citizen’s Day at the New City Hall. The date for the festivities is set for […]

Ah. . . Politics! – by Mayor Paul Becker

A Few Minutes With the Mayor – September 2016

Here comes September. “Where did the summer go?” is a common question dating back long before our time. The yearly cycle repeats itself: children go back to […]

On Volunteers in the Trenches and Town – by Mayor Paul Becker

A Few Minutes with the Mayor – August 2016

East Side, West Side, all around the town…
Boys and girls together, me and Mamie O’Rourke
Tripped the light fantastic on the sidewalks of New York
Things have changed since […]

Change is Constant…Or is It? – by Mayor Paul Becker

A Few Minutes with the Mayor – June 2016

My wife kept reminding me about how I talked of writing a column on aging, in other words, growing older. I kept putting it off but finally […]

NEVER Sieg Heil – by Mayor Paul Becker

A Few Minutes with the Mayor – May 2016

Most of our Jacksonville citizens have never been to one of our City Council meetings. They don’t know what they are missing. It’s true each meeting has […]

The Passing Parade – by Mayor Paul Becker

A Few Minutes with the Mayor – April 2016

An odd thing happened a few days ago… I saw a penny on the sidewalk and kept on walking, never bothering to pick it up. That would […]