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Ladies and gentlemen, as I write this column, I am listening to the election returns from primaries across the nation. Imagine with me, if you would, that the 2022 election returns for the nation are … more
Sometimes I ask students to list off for me some of the stereotypes of Appalachians widely held outside our region. Here’s what I tend to get: backwards, lazy, alcoholic, moonshiners (or … more
There is so much that has been going downhill for so long that, when you start examining our problems with saving America for Americans, it is stunning, even overwhelming. For just a little while, … more
 In the last two columns, we have determined that 1) there is a long history of drug-and/or-alcohol-related crime in the Upper Cumberland compared to the rest of the country, and 2) the Upper … more
There is much to cover, so let’s get to it! In the aftermath of World War II, the economies of Europe were shattered. Many buildings, bridges, and roads had been destroyed or damaged, and … more
Last week, I may have painted myself into a corner. I made the point that the Upper Cumberland has a long history of drug-or-alcohol-related crime, which I argued was in large part due to the … more
As I said in my previous article (or should have), we are meeting again after huge changes have taken place in our nation. As a result, I am doing my best to get us a base of information from which … more
I’m currently working on a project that includes, among other sub-topics, violent crime in Appalachia. I am reminded of my topic, as if I could escape it, as I drive around the county and see … more
 Last week, in my basic U.S. History course, we came to one of my favorite things to lecture about: popular culture during the Great Depression. It gives me a chance to talk about several things … more
 In a recent speech regarding the Russian-Ukraine War, our illegitimate and incompetent president, Joe Biden, said, “For God’s sake, this man cannot be allowed to remain in … more
I talked last week about the legislative bill that bans “divisive concepts” such as privilege, unconscious bias, structural racism, and other terms from higher education classes. This … more
Conservatives around the country have been twisting themselves in knots over “critical race theory” for a year-and-a-half now, even though very few of them actually know what it is. As I … more
 Several people have responded to my column from last week, when I said it seems like the whole world is going crazy. This has included some of my conservative, as well as liberal, friends. I … more
Joe Biden has only been our “sham” president for 15 months, and the damage he has done and continues to do is enormous.  Just to be sure that I am understood, the meaning of the word … more
 Russia attacked Ukraine, on Thursday. Feb. 24, 2022. The war is now entering its fourth week. And, thanks to around-the -lock worldwide media coverage of this baseless and horrific war, … more
The world seems to be getting crazier every day. It is amazing the number of things happening now that most of us thought were permanently in the past or would have been dumbfounded 15 years ago to … more
 Russia’s military invasion and unprovoked attack on the sovereign nation of Ukraine is into its third week.  Having underestimated the strong will of the Ukrainian people to fight … more
 Most of the world watched in horror this past week as Russian forces invaded Ukraine, with combat troop mobilization that has not been seen in Europe since World War II. Even many of the … more
I begin this article with a time-frame notification. I am still away from home, and, due to conflicting time restraints over the next few days, I am submitting this article several days in advance to … more
People who are terrified by critical race theory almost always prove unaware of what it actually is: a legal studies framework that examines how race has been affected (and, in part, created) by law. … more
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