Commentary

Wed
16
Sep

Mrs. Dykowski... reads a tragic headline

Usually, I try to keep things in my column upbeat and lighthearted, but this week calls for a little different tone. Bear with me as I discuss something important, but sad with you this week.
Monday, at work, I was scrolling through my Facebook for a quick mental break when I saw a link to a news story a friend shared that hit a little too close to home.
By now, many of you have heard about the history professor and father of three murdered at Delta State.
You may also know that man used to work as a history professor at Texas Tech, my alma mater.
I didn’t know Dr. Ethan Schmidt personally, I think I met him once, but he and I were close to a few of the same people, which makes his death feel much more personal to me.
Maybe that’s not a proper perspective. After all, shouldn’t every loss of innocent life spark a deep personal reaction?

Wed
16
Sep

One Reporter's Ramblings: It's Christmas.. in September?

One film that quickly rose to the rank of holiday classic over the past couple of decades is Tim Burton’s “Nightmare Before Christmas.” It won’t surprise many to hear me say I was a huge fan of oddball-auteur Burton when I was younger so I devoured all of the bonus content found on the DVD release.
During the behind-the-scenes footage, Burton revealed the idea of the citizens of Halloween Town taking over for Santa Claus came from watching a store change the decorations from Halloween to Christmas on Nov. 1.
As I surveyed store aisles at Michael’s, Big Lots and Bed Bath and Beyond with my wife last week, it occurred to me he couldn’t have come to the same realization today.
Halloween items appeared on store shelves at the end of August, but they were joined by Christmas items at some stores a few weeks later, more than a month before Halloween.

Wed
09
Sep

The Publisher's Desk: Make way for homecoming

Go Lions!
I love a small town that supports its team. My North Texas high school didn’t even have football (it’s a confusing story), so you might assume that our town didn’t care much about the teams. If you don’t support football, what do you support?
Basketball.
My junior year the district built a new high school, and with it a fairly impressive court that is used to host playoff games each year.
But even before that, people would pack the stands on Friday nights to watch the Tigers and Lady Tigers beat up on whoever dared to enter the gym (which seemed to be a lot of other Tiger mascots, actually — why is everyone the Tigers?).
So, despite the lack of football, I understand what it means for a town to support its teams.

Wed
09
Sep

One Reporter's Ramblings: Unwanted Guests

Most days at the Citizen office start with shuffling intruders out the front door and collecting corpses into the trash.
I should probably say that I’m talking about crickets.
Every summer in this area ends with an invasion of thousands of the insects, and they have definitely settled in for 2015.
The swarm led Katie and I to entertain two house guests last week, my sister-in-law and her hyper but lovable Schnoodle (part Schnauzer, part poodle). Katie’s sister called us on the weekend distraught because her Stephenville apartment had been inundated by crickets. There were 300 in the kitchen alone. Her roommate and she put down poison and spent the night at our house.
Her roommate stayed with a friend after that night, but we had Sis and the Schnoodle into the weekend.

Wed
02
Sep

Mrs. Dykowski... goes to a football game

I’m not an athlete.
I once threw a softball from right field into the dugout when I was aiming for first base. I was a kid at the time, but still — pretty embarrassing.
I can’t run — and not just because I’m six months pregnant.
I took several months of gymnastics and never was able to do a cartwheel.
I lack all coordination.
Several failed attempts at athleticism drove me toward other interests, including band, agriculture and being a nerd in general. So I shied away from taking a major interest in sports.
But in band in high school, I was required to attend every football game. While football is more of a social experience for the band than a sporting event to watch, I did occasionally turn to watch the game.
In 2004, the Colorado City Wolves were pretty good, so it was fun to be a fan.

Wed
02
Sep

One Reporter's Ramblings: Remembering a stranger

I’ve written several columns about how we are not defined by the things we own. I stand by this assertion, but it is both true and false at the same time.
As we have sold or given away item after item to move into a smaller space, I haven’t had any separation anxiety. I haven’t wondered where my computer speakers are or if they remember me. Without hesitation, I sold more than 200 movies and a hefty stack of books. I own items, not the other way around.
People’s personalities are unique and developed through a mix of introspection and environment.
Our possessions make up a part of this environment though, and it’s the part we choose. We keep things that reflect our taste, like furniture or framed art.
We keep others because they have sentimental value. I have a stuffed Gizmo from Gremlins, which saw me through childhood surgeries, and a dog signed by friends and family on the day of my college graduation. Both of these are safely tucked away.

Wed
02
Sep

The Publisher's Desk: Introducing our new website

Dear readers,
We are pleased to invite you to attend a celebration of the Dublin Citizen’s 25th birthday.
To attend, please find somewhere comfy to sit down — in your office chair or on your couch, perhaps — log onto your laptop or unlock your phone and access www. dublincitizen.com.
There, you can find our birthday present to you (yes, the Citizen gives gifts on its birthday), our newly remodeled and updated website.
We’re proud to present a more user-friendly, attractive website with additional features to make reading news online even better.
We are still providing all of the previous services you’re used to — an events calendar, updated news, an e-edition of the print newspaper and plenty of photos.
For those that follow our website, you might have also noticed we have recently added daily articles on things happening in town, advice from vets, opinions from your neighbors and photos of your children playing sports and attending summer camps.

Thu
20
Aug

Thrills at the local library

Paul Gaudette Reporter
 
There is a certain rush that comes with darker material and suspense, both of which have excelled in written works for centuries and are wellrepresented at the Dublin Public Library.
 
Thu
20
Aug

Shamrocks Past

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by Scott Dykowski
 
The man known as Shake one time pretended to “shine” some children’s bare feet as they were shopping in downtown Dublin on a Saturday.
 
To read more, see this week's print or e-editions.
Thu
20
Aug

... and the first day of school

Mrs. Dykowski ...
 
Eleven years ago this month, I experienced a huge, scary day in the history of my life.
 
To read more, see this week's print or e-editions.

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