Celebrating America – by Mayor Paul Becker

A Few Minutes with the Mayor – July 2017

Independence Day is at hand. Congratulations and Happy Birthday America. It’s been quite a ride for 241 years. When the Continental Congress formalized the Declaration of Independence […]

From New York to Hollywood to Happiness – by Mayor Paul Becker

A Few Minutes with the Mayor – June 2017

Last month, we ran a film called Saturday’s Children at Old City Hall. It’s a story about people living in tenements… people like my own family.

In buildings […]

Potpourri a la Winchell – by Mayor Paul Becker

A Few Minutes with the Mayor – May 2017

I’ve always wanted to “play” Walter Winchell in one of my columns. Walter would jump from topic to topic in almost every other sentence. So… with the […]

Jacksonville Goes Broadway! – by Mayor Paul Becker

A Few Minutes with the Mayor – April 2017

In my years as Mayor, the two questions I get most often are, “Will we have a museum again?” and “What are the chances of having a […]

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 […]