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 […]

Downton Abbey…Revisited – by Mayor Paul Becker

A Few Minutes with the Mayor – March 2016

Downton Abbey has ended. We knew it must. One of the most watched series in television history, it carved out a special niche in the hearts of […]

My Predictions for The New Year – by Paul Becker

A Few Minutes with the Mayor – February 2016

Last month, a friend complained to me about reading newspaper headlines declaring what a bad year 2016 will be. Her reaction was to avoid reading these columns […]

The Spirit of Christmas – by Mayor Paul Becker

A Few Minutes with the Mayor – Dec 2015/Jan 2016

Year end approaches and so does Christmas. For some, it is a time of giving and perhaps not much more. This act of giving, which most […]

The State of Things – by Mayor Paul Becker

A Few Minutes with the Mayor – November 2015

I remember, as a child, being struck by the Greek mythological fable of Persephone, daughter of the goddess Demetra, who was abducted by Hades and brought into […]

Remembering Our History – by Mayor Paul Becker

A Few Minutes with the Mayor – October 2015

Last month at movie night, we commemorated the Battle of Britain which took place 75 years ago. Old City Hall was so packed people were turned away […]

Where Liberty Dwells – by Mayor Paul Becker

A Few Minutes with the Mayor – September 2015

“Where Liberty dwells, there is my country.” Words spoken by Ben Franklin. But today? We are willing to forsake Liberty for comfort or safety. Certainly this was […]