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 […]

Just Who Is the City Of Jacksonville? – by Mayor Paul Becker

A Few Minutes with the Mayor – August 2015

The idea crossed my mind the other day that many who read this column haven’t met many of the dedicated people responsible for making our City work […]

1883 – An Interesting Year – by Mayor Paul Becker

A Few Minutes with the Mayor – July 2015

A while ago I wrote a column in which I rhapsodized over the construction of the historic Courthouse soon to become Jacksonville’s City Hall. […]

I’ve Got Egg On My Face! – by Mayor Paul Becker

A Few Minutes with the Mayor – June 2015

Well… it seems as if your Mayor has finally done it. I broke a rule every Boy Scout was taught since the first one earned that title […]

Clara, Larry, and History – by Mayor Paul Becker

A Few Minutes with the Mayor – May 2015

At the risk of sounding like a disgruntled stage actor upset with his Wednesday afternoon matinee audience, I feel the need to share my thoughts about citizen […]

On Email and More! – by Mayor Paul Becker

A Few Minutes with the Mayor – April 2015

As you know, this column seldom devotes attention to affairs outside of Jacksonville; numerous other news and opinion outlets exist for such information. […]

On Politics – by Mayor Paul Becker

A Few Minutes with the Mayor – March 2015

Are you troubled by the political discord today? I am! Not that it is anything new. It is as old as the art of politics. History bears […]

Not-So-Idle Thoughts – by Mayor Paul Becker

A Few Minutes with the Mayor, February 2015

Before beginning this first column of the year, I wish to thank the editor/ publisher of this newspaper who approached me four years ago with the offer to […]