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In November, most people’s thoughts (in the U.S., anyway) turn to two things: Thanksgiving and voting. Among other things, we are taught from childhood to be thankful for liberty and freedom; … more
A few years ago, my family was watching the newest episode of Big Bang Theory. In the episode, an elderly professor passed away, opening up a tenured position, and the four main characters started … more
It’s October, and many of us have Halloween on our minds. When I drive around town, I seem to see toy ghosts and witches in every yard. Many of us also have our minds on politics, which … more
 I am currently teaching one of my favorite classes: historical methodology. It is taken by history majors, usually in their sophomore year, to prepare them for upper division history courses. … more
 This week I am going to conclude my series on labor history and coal mines, but will go outside the county line. I am speaking of the 1932 strike at the Wilder and Davidson mines, which … more
Let’s resume our discussion of organized labor and coal mines, which we will conclude next week. Although booming at the turn of the century, within a decade the Bon Air Coal and Iron … more
 Last week, in honor of Labor Day, I started a series on labor history of White County, which is mostly going to focus on the coal mining industry. The Bon Air Coal Company was a booming … more
I am sending you a copy of a recently published two-part Opinion Article which I authored.  It is critical of you, and deservedly so.  Your performance during the recent House Armed Services Budget Committee meeting established more
 Labor Day has become, for many of us, a vacation day… a go-to-the-lake day, a day to take advantage of sales. The reason it is a holiday, though, is to celebrate the Labor Movement in … more
 “Broken Arrow! I say again. Broken Arrow! Coordinates 1303459.99 Degrees North, 1074259.99 Degrees East.  Broken Arrow!” In November 1965, approximately 450 soldiers of … more
 Recently, the CDC recommended a vaccine booster for those with health issues that affect the immune system. My wife and I got ours on Tuesday. It was a remarkably easy process - I suspect, in … more
Are we all familiar with Mike Lindell, the “My Pillow” guy? Well, over the past few days, Mike and a team of scientists - computer science, statisticians, white-hat hackers and the like - … more
I’ve received a good bit of private feedback from readers about my column in the six months or so I’ve been doing it. Though I am not privy to any letters the newspaper receives on the … more
In this column, I hope to tie together several things that I have been discussing the last several weeks. I’ve talked about the conservative shift away from facts and how that has coincided … more
 It’s a little over... blame Thomas Paine! And so, if you have been able to follow the discourse across editions, our bottom line conclusion is that in most ways, whites and Blacks in … more
Last week I shared statistics about presidential elections in White County over the last 120 years. For most of that time, the Democrats won by huge margins, with only a couple of exceptions (plus … more
 Part I of this opinion article contained yet another dire warning about the Socialist Democrat Party’s (SDP) effort to turn the United States into a one party Socialist country.  … more
For the last several weeks, I have been talking about the gradual slide of conservatives away from objective, empirical facts. On a local level, the timeline of that transition coincides with the … more
 I’ve been talking about Republicans’ slow slide from reality, and last week I discussed how denying climate change got conservatives used to the idea of denying science and facts. … more
When our article ran out of space, we were addressing the issue of Institutional Racism and what that phrase really means. We should all agree that racism is a cancer on a system like the one in … more
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