What? There's unrest in the Middle East?

Say it ain't so.

This surprises whom? Seriously.

Of course, the president is going to get angst about the harsh cruelties of wars, but that has nothing to do with party.

And yes, we should all demand that Donald Trump is not deciding on missiles or mass troop invasions in between chip shots on the 17th hole.

But the simple truth must be said: At least our leaders responded to one of our embassies under attack.

Pretty sure Trump's opponent in 2016 does not have that same track record.


Friendly confines

I appreciated this story from this paper's Mary Fortune pointing out the longtime area restaurants closing their kitchens.

To each their own, but I certainly am going to miss some of the names on that list, not unlike how I miss Mom's and Porker's and several of the other longtime brands.

Heck, I'm going to miss Nikki's on the North Shore, too.

And if you have a similar view, know this is the solution: Go to Wally's and have a meat and three. Go to Bea's.

Pick a place and make sure you keep those booths full, friends.


Tobacco age

Hey, the holidays put all of us in a cocoon of isolation.

Santa. Family. Good times. Stress. Jack Daniels. Wait, scratch that last one.

But in the haze that was wrapping paper and eggnog was the news that the tobacco age was lifted to 21.

I watched a 19-year-old have a fit at the Mapco when he learned that he was going to have to wait two years to reignite his nicotine fix.

As someone who had a tobacco dependency for a long while before quitting — and who lost both my parents, who were smokers, to cancer — you are going to have a hard time convincing me this is a bad idea.

And don't shush me with the ''big government'' argument. Because as we are all paying more and more for health care, in large part because of the health concerns caused by tobacco and vaping, this becomes a societal problem, friends.


Obit observations

It's been a while since we kicked these around, so we're going to cover a few.

Of course, there is never a good time to lose someone you care about, but the holidays made me remember some personal losses.

We've had family members die on anniversaries and birthdays and everything in between.

Seeing the names Tasha Andregg (40), Mary Cameron (75) and Ruth Chambers (85) and the various lives and legacies they left made me think.

The connection? They all died on Jan. 1, which means the start of every year will be a reminder of the day their family lost a mother, a sister, a daughter, a friend.

My prayers to them. And to those who will be forced to fight in this looming war.

Until next time, friends.

some text
Jay Greeson

Contact Jay Greeson at