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 […]

Defining evil

Responding to the recent Las Vegas concert shooting that killed more than 50 people and injured hundreds more, President Trump described the act as one “of pure evil.” One definition of “evil” sounds so inadequate in today’s culture: “morally wrong or bad; immoral; wicked: evil deeds, an evil life.” As the Supreme Court wrestled with […]

Ruby and Louise

On the drive home from a speaking engagement in Savannah, I answered a call from Tink, who sounded fairly frantic. Whenever possible, he travels with me. But for that trip, he was on deadline with a movie script so he had stayed home and stayed up all night, working against the hours that were ticking […]

Come celebrate The 500th

Western Civilization was changed forever, for the good. Our world took a dramatic turn toward the better for all. Our world was given new shape and enlightened thought with these events we now remember and ponder anew. Our relationship with God was re-defined and re-established, very much for the better. The reality of “what one […]

Don’t offend me

You would have to be a hermit living in a far-away cave somewhere not to be aware of the political correctness debates going on in our country these days. As a parent and child therapist for many years, I find odd how many times we would address a conflict or behavior with children and yet […]

What kind of example are we setting?

The other day, volunteering at my daughter’s school selling ice cream, I had the opportunity to observe the social behavior of some adorable elementary school-aged children. At first, there weren’t many children coming up to purchase ice-cream. However, as time went on, a line began to form. During this time, I noticed one boy being […]

E-SPLOST and the Golden Goose

In November we will be voting on whether to maintain a sales tax for one of our county’s shining assets, the public school system. Typically chambers of commerce don’t like our businesses paying more taxes, but when the tax supports the key asset for attracting jobs and investment, we understand that not voting for the […]

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