July 4th — A contrarian view

The recent July 4th holiday meant different things to different people. It was, of course, a celebration of the American Declaration of Independence in 1776, and for those who care there was the excitement of parades and fireworks. But my attitudes take me off the popular celebration path. For me July 4th multiplies my frequent […]

What about a note box?

Pretending you asked my advice, I believe we all should have a “note box” in a handy spot, especially parents. I will tell you why, an explanation which would ordinarily be at the end of this column, but I don’t want to lose you in the story. The box is for what I would call […]

TV news encourages active shooters

I tell young Americans their best defense against propaganda is reading two good newspapers to be informed, one that leans right and one that leans left, because reading requires them to think, whereas TV news relieves them of that burden by delivering feelings. The few willing to do that work better hurry, though, since newspapers […]

Propagandists, not historians

I was only one of many Vietnam veterans who wrote opinion columns criticizing the Vietnam War film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, opining their work seemed more like propaganda than history. In doing so I occasionally used “Burns” as shorthand for the pair, to which Ms. Novick emailed me her objection. She is correct, […]

Book review: ‘Direct Fire’

On the occasions I am invited to speak to a veterans group, I tend to start with these bites of humble pie: “Compared to many of you guys I was just a bit player. I was in the Army only four years, and my stint as a helicopter gunship pilot was cut short when my […]

The angels we call ‘caregivers’

Not all of us think the same way about angels. The angels I think of are all around us every day, in every city or town of any size, living on our street or even next door. They often wear a weary look from their unremitting daily tasks, along with the smears and smudges that […]

About Doug Field

The writer who first caught my interest was John Steinbeck. I will spare you the details of how that happened, but over a two-year period in my early 40s I read everything he wrote and published, and then I studied his life. It was a journey of curiosity, reflection and a little bit of self-discovery. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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