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America’s tradition of service: PTC’s Fred Smith

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The neighbors of Fred Smith on Heartwood Court in Peachtree City probably know him as the soft-spoken, always-smiling man who retired a long time ago.

But if they visited him in his home office, they would see photos on his memory wall reminding that he is Colonel Fred Smith (U.S. Air Force retired), a fighter-bomber pilot who had the right stuff when his country needed him in an unpopular shooting war. Read More»

Hijacking an American icon

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I am a white man with no civil rights credentials, but that won’t stop me from commenting on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 50 years ago.

My dad was a Navy man, his last duty station at the Pensacola, Fla., Naval Air Station where he retired and where I grew up. In downtown Pensacola the Walgreens “5 and 10 cent store” had a lunch counter where a “whites only” sign wasn’t needed because it was understood, but the Sears store had drinking fountains with signs “White” and “Colored.” Every time I saw them I knew they were wrong, but I was just a kid. Read More»

America’s tradition of service: Mike King

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The Silver Star is our country’s third highest military decoration for valor, exceeded only by the Distinguished Service Cross and Medal of Honor. If you ask my buddy Mike King how he earned the Silver Star, or if you ask about the personal cost involved, he may stare at you, but he won’t tell you and there is nothing you can say to convince him you deserve to know.
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Breakfast at Mimi’s, one year later

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 In a conversation recently about the prospective Pinewood Studios complex in Fayette County, someone asked if I thought movie industry people relocating here from the West Coast would take to a place like Mimi’s.

Well, I don’t know that many would search out a place for breakfast and lunch at Dividend and Kelly Drive unless they were looking at homes in Planterra Ridge, but yes, I do think they would like Mimi’s.
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District voting: The big lie about Fayette

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On last Sunday’s edition of TV political talk show “The Georgia Gang,” when the agenda turned to the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision on the Voting Rights Act, black activist Jeff Dickerson was ready and eager. Read More»

One more time for Mr. Lincoln and history

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Mr. Parker didn’t get the point of my column about Memorial Day and Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address two weeks ago, so I’ll repeat the point here in fewer words: If you want to know the truth, you often must probe well below the surface veneer of popular history. Read More»

Seeing the past through fuzzy lens of history

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During the week before Memorial Day, radio host Herman Cain read to his audience an excerpt of what he described as the finest Memorial Day speech in American history even though it was given on Nov. 19, at Gettysburg, Penn., in 1863, four months after the bloodiest battle ever fought on American soil. Read More»

What you can do for Wounded Warriors on Memorial Day

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I ran into a very good idea a few days ago that makes me pose this question to you. How will you spend Memorial Day?

I encourage you stop by CrossFit in Peachtree City, near Mimi’s Good Food in the strip center at the railroad tracks off Dividend Drive and Kelly Drive.

At CrossFit you can make a donation to the Wounded Warrior program, and if you want you can participate free of charge in “Murph,” a workout named after U.S. Navy Lt. Michael P. Murphy, recipient of the Medal of Honor after his death in Afghanistan. Read More»

America’s tradition of service: Richard A. ‘Dick’ Dodds

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Early one rainy morning in 1945, on a runway 90 miles north of London near Peterborough, England, 20-year-old Tech Sgt. Dick Dodds discovered that courage is doing your job while your life is on the line.

He was the radio operator in the second aircraft in a 457th Bomb Group flight of 36 B-17s, waiting for tower clearance to roll and take off on another high-risk mission over Nazi Germany when the bomb-laden lead aircraft just ahead suddenly detonated into a huge ball of fire, shrapnel, wreckage and scattered remains of young men who had played volleyball with Dick the day before. Read More»

Holding out hope for Emory University

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Our universities are typically diverse in every way except thought, and examples abound of students paying a price for straying from the liberal script. Nevertheless, we have high hopes for our finest schools close to home, like Emory University, where President James Wagner is under fire.

Wagner has been censured by the university faculty, condemned from various quarters of the officially sensitive, and now awaits a confidence vote by the faculty as they press the Board of Trustees to toss him under the bus. Read More»

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