College football at its finest

Noon Saturday was Christmas central in the little town of Bellefontaine. I was already geared up to take photos of Santa’s official arrival in town and the Orr Mansion open house, but I also had something else on my mind.

Beneath my fluffy winter coat was hidden one of my favorite T-shirts — a yellow one with the Southern Miss Golden Eagles logo on it. The DVR was set to record the game that began at the same hour.

No one in Bellefontaine even knew or much less cared about that game, but I have a soft spot in my heart for the university I used to cover as a reporter in Hattiesburg, Miss.

  • Written by REUBEN MEES

Off the cuff: Be responsible when posting material online

Ms. Sandra Ward,

As a resident of Bellefontaine, I would not presume to dispense an opinion on Quincy’s levy and council issues mentioned in your forum letter published in the Nov. 19 edition of the Examiner. However, there is an area of your letter which impacts our entire community and is a cause for real concern.

It appears your motivation to write to the forum was influenced in part by comments posted on the Web site Topix.com. If that is the case, I hope the writing of your letter has allowed you to move forward without losing another moment’s peace.

Even if every comment posted on Topix and other social media sites like it represented 100 percent complete and verifiable facts — which many certainly do not — the sites themselves have a dangerous flaw by design; they allow users to withhold their identities by hiding behind fake screen names.

  • Written by T.J. Hubbard Examiner Asst. GM

Being Reasonable - Occupy Wall Street: A view from the bottom 1 percent


I feel like absolute garbage. My muscles ache, my back is tight and I feel so fatigued that I actually had to stop for a rest on Thursday during what has become a habitual noontime trip to the restroom in McDonald’s on Broadway in lower Manhattan.

  • Written by NATE SMITH

BEING REASONABLE: Occupy Wall Street protests amount to controlled chaos


NEW YORK — As the sun slowly rose on the 29th day of the Occupy Wall Street protests, all was quiet in Zuccotti Park — save for a few unstable or otherwise inebriated souls bemoaning, among other things, the existence of the Federal Reserve, perceived economic injustice and the continued prohibition of marijuana.

Rain drops dotted the landscape here early Monday. Most people sought refuge inside their sleeping bags, or beneath makeshift forts made from tarps and a healthy amount of duct tape.

A few benevolent souls cleaned up trash, following through on a recent commitment to keep the park as clean as possible.

And still others sat silently, taking in the totality of a movement now more than a month old.

  • Written by NATE SMITH

Country’s response to terrorist attacks is tragic


It’s hard to believe it’s been 10 years since that chaotic Tuesday morning when the security blanket we once huddled collectively beneath was briskly jerked away.

As the anniversary approached earlier this year, I had hoped it would pass quietly. But as advance media coverage began to ramp up, that clearly wasn’t going to be the case.

For me, as with many Americans, the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, have always been a difficult date to try to come to terms with.

When they first occurred, I had mixed emotions.

The senseless loss of life involved, of course, is deplorable and saddening. But, at the same time, I believed, as I still do to some degree, that the United States deserved it.

It was a wake-up call that our government’s international policies were not working.

  • Written by REUBEN MEES