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Some graduation gifts for your seniors

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The last day of school is upon us.

You may wonder, as I have, what high school graduation gift you can give that will be meaningful to passage into adulthood rather than something “shiny.” Read More»

Racism is alive and well in America

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Years ago my office wall displayed the picture of two men I admired: John Steinbeck, for reasons I won’t bore you with right now, and Martin Luther King, Jr. (MLK), because he was right and had the courage of his convictions.

You may discount my opinion as a white man, but I believe if MLK could come back today he would be saddened that America remains stuck in group politics instead of judging each other on our actions and content of our character. Read More»

No excuse for war crimes, bad leaders

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U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales is charged with 17 counts of murder in an Afghanistan rampage shooting civilians, including children. He is 38 years old, married with two young children and on his fourth combat deployment.

Pundits commiserate on what could explain or mitigate these crimes. Was he stressed by family or financial problems? Was the pressure too much from another combat deployment he didn’t expect and did not want? Did absurd rules of engagement that protect civilians and endanger American troops push him over the edge? Was TIB (traumatic brain injury) or PTSD a factor? Read More»

A family’s gratitude

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I often read in this paper citizen criticism of Peachtree City’s police and fire organizations as being overstaffed, their budgets in need of a tighter trim. This is to offer a different perspective.

My 10-year-old daughter Kristen has an occasional seizure. On three occasions when she had a particularly bad episode, we called for the local ambulance and have been grateful for the response, even though a critic would ask why we also needed a fire truck and too many men in our living room while an EMT gave Kristen oxygen and checked her vital signs.
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Who’s buying the healthcare snake oil?

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You had to be on a wilderness trek the last couple of weeks to miss the Catholic Church backlash against a new mandate of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare. Predictably, most in the media fed on the surface morsels, leaving you to dig deeper on your own to find the truly important points.

Let me get right to it. Wake up! Even if you are not Catholic, your freedom is being taken from you. Read More»

Marine-Taliban outrage begs for some prespective

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The latest media feeding frenzy is on the YouTube video of U.S. Marines urinating on the bodies of enemy Taliban dead last summer.

Knowing nothing of life on the battlefield is not even a small speed bump to our media mavens who wring their hands with each other, painfully torn since they want to support our troops but have a duty to be righteously indignant, apparently hoping to genuflect to our enemy if they could only find a suitable representative. Read More»

Wounded vets need support, not sympathy

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Many of you actively support the troops coming home from our wars with the challenge of recovering from and coping with severe wounds. I’d like to share some of my reasons for believing your support is even more important than you may realize. Read More»

In search of honor

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On Nov. 11 many spoke kind words for our troops on Veterans Day, but speeches do little when actions that matter most are in painfully short supply. Bear with me if I remain disappointed in our country’s real support of the men and women who wear the uniform. Read More»

How to thank a vet on Veterans Day

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Lip service.

That’s how we Americans stand behind our men and women in uniform these days.

We talk about how much we love them, but we are increasingly detached from the military, uninvolved in the wars they fight on our behalf. We would even scream our protest if required to pay for those adventures rather than billing our children. So much for commitment.

With Veterans Day a couple of days away, I’m reminded that Israel has the right idea. In that country, military service is compulsory for all over 18, three years for men, two for women. Read More»

Who caused the mortgage meltdown?

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The best lies have a grain of truth, and if repeated enough, become accepted as common knowledge. As Grandma used to say, “A lie travels twice around the world before the truth can tie its shoes.” And as we all know a great lie can be simplified into a convenient sound bite while the truth is a little more complex and messy. Read More»

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