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The wisdom of Forrest Gump

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Rusty Wilkerson is a columnist for my hometown newspaper, The Kingsport-Times News. While in Kingsport, Tenn., recently, I picked up a copy of the paper and found Wilkerson reporting on two stories of government actions worthy of a nod from Forrest.

Wilkerson reported that, in 2007, the Environmental Protection Agency mandated that an ingredient that did not yet exist be blended into gasoline and diesel fuel by 2011. So far, oil companies have failed to comply. Read More»

Semper Gumby

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It is Wednesday morning and I am in northeastern Tennessee where I did not expect to be. Yesterday, I awoke in Champaign, Ill., to a temperature of 28 degrees and, by 2 p.m., my flight had brought me home to a balmy spring-like 67 degrees.

It was warm enough that I rode my motorcycle in search of a podiatrist who would alleviate the pain of an in-grown toenail.

While there, I received a call from my wife that her mother had been admitted to the hospital and transferred to ICU and was informed that we would be making the trip to Tennessee. Read More»

Okra,rattlers, deacons, and gorloks

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Growing up In Kingsport, Tenn., I played football for the Redskins of Ross N. Robinson Junior High School.

Well, in the eighth grade I mainly rode the bench. I actually started as an offensive center in the ninth grade. Our crosstown rivals were the Warriors of John Sevier Junior High. We would all meet up at Dobyns-Bennett High School where those who continued to play would join forces as the Indians. Read More»

Stay dressed for the camera

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From a recent article in the Newnan Times-Herald, Newnan, Ga.: “It is not wise to have photos of nude or scantily clad women on your phone, especially if your girlfriend will find them. But such was the case this weekend. And that ended up with the man and his girlfriend both being arrested on battery charges and ending up at the Coweta County Jail. Coweta County Sheriff’s Office deputies were called to the Forest Circle Apartments early Saturday to break up a fight. Read More»

Kill Bill

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What if you heard that a new law was passed that said that anyone named Bill could be legally put to death? Certainly, you would protest the “law” and say it was wrong.

Wouldn’t we all come together at once to restore legal protection to all Bills?

We could certainly say that this new law was against the Constitution, which claims to protect the rights of every person. But suppose that even the Constitution were changed to say that it’s okay to kill Bill. Would we then say it was really okay? No, it would still be wrong. Read More»

Why the Tim Tebow furor?

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I have watched with interest the furor surrounding Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow.

Few deny that Tebow is a gifted athlete. Tebow was ranked among the top quarterback prospects in the nation as a high school senior and chose to attend the University of Florida.

As a backup, Tebow helped the Gators win the national championship during the 2006 college football season.

Tebow was the Gators’ starting quarterback during the 2007 season and became the first college football player to both rush and pass for 20 or more touchdowns in a single season. Read More»

Priceless cargo

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I rode my Harley-Davidson Road King motorcycle for over 10,000 miles before I ever considered allowing a passenger on the bike. It was easy to not have passengers for several reasons.

First of all, my wife had two requests when I took the Rider’s Course in August of 2010. The first was that I not ask her to ride with me. The second was that I keep my life insurance premium paid.

Secondly, I knew my limitations: a rookie rider has no business taking on passengers.

Thirdly, my bike did not have a passenger seat. Problem solved. Read More»

Missing the flight

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“Paging Janice Doogan. Janice Doogan, please report to Gate 4 for boarding.” I didn’t know who Janice Doogan (not her real name) was as I and my wife waited at Gate 4 in St. Louis. Our flight to Atlanta was preceded by a flight to Orlando. Apparently, Janice Doogan was in danger of missing her flight.

Again, the call went out, only this time a countdown began. “Janice Doogan, please report to gate 4. Your flight will close in 15 minutes.” Read More»

The conviction of Christmas

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From 1972 to 1983, M*A*S*H* became one of the most popular television series of all time. Initially intended to be a comedy about a medical unit in war-torn Korea in the early 1950s, M*A*S*H* progressively began to examine serious themes.

On several occasions, the program was set during the Christmas season and, while the scenes were often funny and the characters true to form, the ever-present reality of war, suffering, tragedy, and death could not be ignored. Read More»

780 and counting

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In December of 1996, I walked into the office of The Citizen newspapers in Fayetteville, Ga., to place an ad for our church. I ran into Cal Beverly, publisher of the paper, and he asked me if I still wrote.

And, indeed, I had written some articles for a newspaper previously and had a number of articles published in various periodicals and magazines. He asked me if I would be interested in writing a few articles for The Citizen. After some discussion and clarification, I submitted my first couple of columns.

That was approximately 780 articles ago. Read More»

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