JOHN DOWNS

Another View: Attempting to erase the Pirate and the Time Traveler

Bloody Parrot: SKWAAARK! Dat’s parrot talk for “surprise!” So dese two windjammin’ muttonheads think they can rub me out of dis column with the mistake-end ...

Getting guests lined up, furniture in place for ACTV 20 program

   Time Traveler: Well hell! I’m sitting here with a deadline tugging at my suspenders and five blank pages in front of me. As most of you know, I write my portion ...

Newcastle Fire Protection District moves forward without consolidation with Penryn

   The Time Traveler: News alert to those of you who follow the adventures of The Portuguese Pirate and myself: Many of you have been confused because our column which tr ...

Another view: Why do we use our national icons to sell cars?

   Time Traveler:    It was the best of times; it was the worst of times. How’s that for an opening? The sad fact is, I have no idea what I’m gonn ...

Another View: Annual Newcastle Celebration Day was a big success

Portuguese Pirate: I’m back after five long weeks discovering America. Expect a book out soon. Perhaps I’ll title it “Buccaneering Across the Mid-West” o ...

Another view: Newcastle shindig today featuring the Thunderfoot Cloggers

   Time Traveler:    I’m starting this week’s column late and I’m half-staffed since the Portuguese Pirate and his wife Janice are still on ...

Another View: Banishing the troll in order to preview Newcastle Celebration

   Well here we go. I start this column like I start every column. First I sharpen half a dozen number two pencils with my genuine Barlow pen knife. It’s almost a s ...

Another View: Why Time Traveler hates tech and still writes with a No. 2 lead pencil

Portuguese Pirate: The Time Traveler is in for a rude awakening over the next few weeks. As mentioned in our last column, I am taking an extended vacation. My wife Janice and I wil ...

Another View: Newcastle’s May Celebration to honor the area’s veterans

First order of business in this week’s column; correct an inadvertent omission in our last column in which the Pirate admits that while we profess to bring you the news and g ...

Another View: Keeping pace with the Newcastle community and its luminaries

Time Traveler: For those of our readers who follow the adventures of the Portuguese Pirate and myself, you will remember in our last episode the Pirate returned from Santa Cruz, ...

Another View: Pirate still missing days before filming new show

Here we go again! Deadline for this column is fast approaching and no Pirate. Our readers will recall several weeks ago upon hearing about the death of Glenn Frey of The Eagles the ...

Another View: Robin and Time Traveler expanding to a television show

Once again the deadline for this column draws near and I have just been informed by the Portuguese Pirate that he is leaving town this week. While he’s gone I could write a t ...

Another View: Trying to avoid Glenda Gonzales and my shame

Time Traveler: The deadline for this column to be delivered to the Journal editorial staff is fast approaching and I got nothing.  ... I got less than nothing. I called the Po ...

The plan for a naval invasion of Auburn

Portuguese Pirate: To those smug Auburnites who think they have heard the last of Newcastle’s plan to overrun, annex and bring Auburn into our warm protective embrace, thin ...

Another view: Recounting a Christmas classic — Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus

We are living in an age when it seems that everything must be proven or disproven scientifically. We test, probe and investigate the world around us to replace the mysterious unkno ...