Ponderings by Dan Ponder

Honoring our Veterans

I had to park a block away from the courthouse.  As I approached the front lawn, I was pleasantly surprised to see the size of the crowd.  Donalsonville and Seminole County had turned out in a big way to honor our finest on this Veterans Day. The crowd numbered in the hundreds and stretched from…

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The Path to being Honorable

Several letters and a voicemail arrived yesterday addressing me as “The Honorable Dan Ponder”.  I remember the first time I received a letter addressed to me in such a way.  It was shortly after I was elected to the Seminole County Commission in 1990. At first, it was odd seeing that title before my name. …

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Our unsung hero!

It was Mary Lou’s father’s 89th birthday.  She was driving down from Auburn and I was coming up from Compass Lake.  We were going to surprise him at Extendicare with a pizza.  I think it is pretty cool when you are almost nine decades old, and your favorite food is pizza. Just as I was…

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No limits on a grandparent’s love

It was a cold day with a driving rain.  I am not complaining because the conditions were the answer to many collective prayers for an end to the oppressive heat and the lingering drought.  It is just that I had not planned to spend such a day outside watching my oldest grandson play soccer. Henry’s…

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It is okay to disagree

If you follow American politics seriously, you are aware that the past few weeks have been almost unprecedented in terms of nasty discourse.  The politics of personal destruction are in place on almost every issue. We are on the verge of being defined more by the differences of our political party affiliation than by things…

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What a difference a year makes

The calls started a couple of weeks ago.  Most were from television stations and newspapers in large metro areas close enough to remember the storm of a lifetime that hit the Florida panhandle before moving into Georgia. Their question was all the same.  They wanted to ask how our community was doing a year after…

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Sisters …. and much more

There are good sides and bad sides to being retired.   You get to travel more and in doing so you often miss things that would have been part of your regular routine when you were still working every day. One of things that Mary Lou and I miss is our regular attendance at the…

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Welcome to Aggieland

I realize that many readers of this column were focused on the Georgia versus Notre Dame football game held in Athens this past week.  Congratulations to the Dawg Nation on a significant win.  I am sure the atmosphere in Sanford Stadium assisted the team in UGA’s victory. Mary Lou and I continued our quest of…

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Family. Past. Present. Future.

Like most of you in Southwest Georgia and Northwest Florida, I still deal with the aftermath of Hurricane Michael.  Our community is slowly recovering from what seemed to be insurmountable odds last October. We are still trying to find that new normal that everyone talks about, but at the same time things for our city…

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A sad song of Summer

An unpleasant part of retirement is the dreaded downsizing.  This includes cleaning out closets and storage rooms, some of which have been untouched for decades.  It can be a bit depressing, especially when you try on clothes that haven’t fit you for years. I will admit I am a bit sentimental when it comes to…

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