Vietnam War: False history again

As I and many other Vietnam vets are compelled to publicize our unfavorable opinion of the Ken Burns/Lynn Novick documentary on the Vietnam War, I fully realize many of you wonder, “Why can’t they let it go after all these years?” Simple answers are preferred, and this one isn’t. When we came home from Vietnam […]

Those I would like to thank

As I reflect upon the year thus far, I realize that I owe a debt of gratitude to certain individuals, groups, and organizations. You have helped to make my life simpler, have reduced my stress levels, and have added to an overall sense of increased calm. I shall list these in no particular order: The […]

Unwanted vacation guest

To book a four-day vacation at a nice beachfront condo in sunny Florida, you only need a few things: money and time off work. Booking a four-day vacation for the entire family at a nice beachfront condo in sunny Florida three months ahead of time for the very weekend a Category I hurricane makes landfall […]

A bolt of lightning and the Protestant Reformation

By Dr. Howard E. Dial “On a sultry day in July of the year 1505 a lonely traveler was trudging over a parched road on the outskirts of the Saxon village of Stotternheim. He was a young man, short but sturdy, and wore the dress of a university student. As he approached the village, the […]

Our broken moral compasses

As George Orwell said, “Some ideas are so stupid that only intellectuals believe them.” Many stupid ideas originate with academics on college campuses. If they remained there and didn’t infect the rest of society, they might be a source of entertainment, much in the way a circus is. Let’s look at a few stupid ideas […]

The smells of memory

It was after a speaking engagement in Chattanooga when I was signing books that an arm slipped over my shoulders from the back and a woman leaned forward to press her cheek against mine. Before I saw her, I smelled her fragrance. I stopped, my Sharpie paused inches above a book, and I drifted back […]

A word of encouragement for this busy time of year

Can you believe we’re over halfway through October? At this writing, we’re still in short sleeves and enjoying summer-like temperatures. No jacket weather yet. But football is happening, pumpkins are for sale, and the World Series is right around the corner, so it must be Fall. And what about that big, bright moon appearing on […]

Part 2: Ken Burns’ Vietnam documentary is a great lie

[Editor’s note: Last week in Part 1, Terry Garlock began an examination of documentary filmmaker Ken Burns’ “The Vietnam War.”] There certainly were villains in the Vietnam War, but a bit different than the film portrays. The chief villains were Communist invaders intent on conquest, feeding to naive anti-war types like Burns and his predecessors […]

The fog of fear

Someone recently asked me, “If you had it to do over, what would you do differently in high school?” Although I would do a great deal differently, my first response was, “I’d run for student council.” “Why didn’t you?” the person inquired. “Fear,” was my simple response. A few years ago I read a book […]

Dad’s sage advice

While growing up on Flamingo Street, I tended to listen to folks. I listened to Older Brother Richard and Big Brother James because if I didn’t, they’d punch me in the arm ‘till I did. Didn’t take long for me to decide that listening to whatever they had to say wasn’t going to be nearly […]

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