Local Opinion – Truck Traffic

Semi-truck traffic in Downtown Buchanan Submitted by Steve Raglin Dear Buchanan Chronicle, It’s time for the city to put an end to the semi-truck traffic barreling down Front St. through our historic downtown area.  As I sit in my store a very large semi-truck just bounced by rattling everything within. It’s quite startling at timesContinue reading “Local Opinion – Truck Traffic”

Guest Writer – Poem

by Daniel Stormont, Lake Michigan College Student In The Moment * I’m riding passenger, we go under the stop light on Main  past the gas station where my friend Donny worked as a kid when Jenny asks me if I’m okay, I grit my teeth at the Dollar General thinking this lot used to beContinue reading “Guest Writer – Poem”

Local Opinion

Face Masks Response Submitted by Bob White I would like to respond to a letter published in Issue 13 entitled “Local Opinion – Face Masks”.  I hesitate to wade into a political battle but since the author has attempted to cite science to support their position I believe I can offer some perspective. The authorContinue reading “Local Opinion”

Local Opinion – Face Masks

Face Masks Submitted with permission from Don Ryman by Stephanie Fain Attached is a copy of my comments to the Buchanan District School Board Monday, September 20, 2021. “The emperor has no clothes! The emperor has no clothes! The mandated masks do absolutely nothing to protect the children who are mandated to wear them. OnlyContinue reading “Local Opinion – Face Masks”

Guest Writer – Poem

by Van Young Sonny Riley (1944) With my two bits allowance in hand, I hurried into Rileys And invested in a Donald Duck comic book and Batman. Laying two dimes on the glass checkout counter, I turned To walk over and climb up on the stool to order a cone. * My skin was almostContinue reading “Guest Writer – Poem”

Bucktown Then and Now – What A Ride! Part II

by Van Young Part Two of What A Ride! Feel free to go back to our 10th issue if you haven’t read Part One of What A Ride! Our little town provided a strong “What to do” menu. Our location near several lakes meant some good fishing, swimming, or just fine sandy beaches. A fewContinue reading “Bucktown Then and Now – What A Ride! Part II”

Local Opinion

Should We Have Left Afghanistan? Submitted by Kenneth Peterson, MAJ USA (Ret.), Buchanan MI Twenty years ago, the U.S. entered Afghanistan to root out Al Qaeda terrorists and topple the Taliban government for attacks against the U.S. on 9/11.  American troops quickly crushed the Taliban forces who offered an unconditional surrender in Dec 2001, whichContinue reading “Local Opinion”

Bucktown Then and Now – What A Ride! Part I

by Van Young Part One of What A Ride! Close to 80 years ago, my mother, brother, and I arrived on a cold March evening at Buchanan’s railroad station. We expected that Dad or a cab would be available but….no one but the three of us! With suitcases and bags in hand, we made ourContinue reading “Bucktown Then and Now – What A Ride! Part I”

Bucktown Then and Now – Getting Started! Part II

by Van Young Part Two of Getting Started! Feel free to go back to our 8th issue if you haven’t read Part One of Getting Started. The popularity of jazz at that time was due to a lot of radio jazz shows, hometown Dixieland bands, traveling jazz bands, etc. On Sunday nights Stud and IContinue reading “Bucktown Then and Now – Getting Started! Part II”

Bucktown Then and Now – Getting Started! Part I

by Van Young Part One of Getting Started! Dixieland jazz bands have been popular for over a hundred years and I’ve enjoyed it for most of those years. My introduction to jazz included trad along with swing. Around 1948, my close friend, Don “Stud” Boyer, saw that I knew next to nothing about jazz soContinue reading “Bucktown Then and Now – Getting Started! Part I”