By Rick Ryckeley
By Rick Ryckeley
Right and wrong thinking
The Fayette County Courthouse building on the square is the oldest courthouse building in Georgia and dates back to 1825.
At the recent anniversary gathering on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala., the speakers and those gathered to celebrate the civil rights struggle lamented that there is work still to do on racism in America.
March 7th was the 50th anniversary of “Bloody Sunday,” the first attempt by black protesters to march from Selma, Alabama, to Montgomery to demand voting rights. Their march was brutally halted by Alabama state troopers acting under the orders of Gov. George Wallace.
Turn on the news and you expect to see people of different races and politics denouncing each other. That’s why what happened last week on “The Kelly File,” Megyn Kelly’s Fox News program, was so remarkable.
When Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed a joint session of Congress on March 3rd, it was the third time he had done so. The only other person to address a joint session of Congress three times was the legendary British prime minister Winston Churchill.
Many people have crossed the path of my life but only one crossed it from three different directions. Don Light, one of Nashville’s most admired power brokers and star makers, was meant to be part of my life.
I was 14 years old and an eighth-grade student when the events unfolded in Selma, Ala., 50 years ago. When the news was reported, featuring films of Selma, I was horrified.
I don’t recall that my parents had any commentary on the news reports so I was left to draw my own conclusions.
This story was written almost 50 years ago but actually only made it down on paper just last week. Swirling around in my head in the distant fog, a childhood memory was jarred loose and brought back to the surface by a recent event.
I have chosen not to comment on the case of Michael Brown and Officer Darren Wilson until now, in part, because the case was under investigation, and I find that in such cases, it is wiser not to comment until all facts come to light in order not to exacerbate the situation.
The U.S. Department of Justice issued two reports last week, both growing out of the Ferguson, Missouri shooting of Michael Brown. The first report, about “the shooting death of Michael Brown by Ferguson, Missouri police officer Darren Wilson” ought to be read by every American.
I liked the movie “Selma,” though it could have done without the rap song during credits that referenced “hands up, don’t shoot,” a slogan that emerged from the shooting of Michael Brown by a Ferguson, Missouri, police officer whose actions the Justice Department recently determined did not “cons
“We have tried since the birth of our nation to promote our love of peace by a display of weakness. This course has failed us utterly.” — Gen. George C. Marshall, 1945
The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear four cases involving the issue of same-sex unions. These cases come from the Sixth Circuit where the U.S. Appeals Court had earlier upheld Michigan’s definition of marriage as limited to one man and one woman. That decision (DeBoer v.