She torched the red blanket. The covering was what Linda Lary saw her son, Michael, wrapped in as he lay on the floor, dead from an overdose of heroin last December, two days short of his 28th birthday. “I thought of all the blankets to put on him, don’t put a red blanket on him. I don’t know why.”
It was a quiet afternoon in the office as we prepared to put out the Christmas edition of The Columbian-Progress that day. What happened not long after lunch on Dec. 23, 2014, changed Columbia and me forever.
At 2:22 p.m., moments after tornado warnings had been issued, an EF-3 tornado touched down in the heart of our community.
During the last few years, I have noticed an ever increasing amount of double-standard views on an also ever-increasing number of topics. The topic for my soapbox rant is the use of double standards in our tax system. There are a number of large corporations in our state that wish to announce their support for an increase in fuel tax.