December 22, 2011
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One of my coworkers is a member of the Osage Indian Tribe and many of his relatives live in Oklahoma. He heard I was making a speech about World War II and my association with the 45th Infantry Division.
I do like living in a small town. Sometimes when eating in a local restaurant, people will walk up to my table, introduce themselves and tell me they enjoy reading my column. How nice. I do so enjoy sharing their experiences and hearing about them and their families.
It seems like people have to worry about some crisis or another every day. Maybe it is an earthquake, fire, tornadoes, floods, political upheavals, etc.
I would guess that the hoopla over Georgia’s new gun law has just begun.
Diplomacy has prevailed so far as Russia, the United States, the European Union and Ukraine have eased crises and compromised to prevent the outbreak of armed conflict. President Obama remains skeptical.
I suppose you were among the many Americans who watched when President Obama took his oath of office. For crying out loud, don’t oaths mean anything anymore!
My grandson has a degree in marine biology and is a certified diver. He has used his skills and his education to film underwater. Some of his footage has appeared on National Geographic and Discovery channels. He has been swimming with sharks and has seen their reaction to blood in the water.
This past week, I have done a few things I’m out of practice doing and haven’t done for years since leaving the northeast USA.
Hey, I’m not preaching here about the evils of gambling. Folks have to make up their own minds about wagering. What I am doing is relating my own experiences. If they offer something of value, so be it.
When you go out into the community and talk to folks you meet, you get the impression that they think our country is in a “mell-of-a-hess.”
We have some unusual rules and laws. Others do as well. Many are archaic and have been on the books for years. They haven’t been updated to make them relevant in modern society. They aren’t even enforced.
As comic Oliver Hardy used to say, “Well, this is a fine mess we are in.”
Edward Snowden has sparked debate about the balance between liberty and security.
It is becoming depressive. All this rain, day after day. Night after night. I’m sure the plants are loving it, but folks are wearing out with all the weather radio warnings given throughout the day and night.
On my birthday several years ago, my family members gave me a gift of blueberry bushes. Loved ones even helped me plant them.
We recently noticed a new neighbor in the vicinity of our home down here in south Rockdale: wild coyotes.
Don't be a victim of telephone scammers.
The cicadas are coming!
It is scary to think of the consequences if we cannot reverse the decline in bee deaths.
Just when you think nothing else will confirm your belief that we live on a crazy planet, something new turns up.
When I see a label on a product that reads "Made in the USA," I get a good feeling.
Sears catalog houses were popular between 1908 and 1940.
Think back to 9/11/2001. Do you remember the news coming over the television?
I think it was in the 1980s. Mike was beginning a new career in law enforcement and asked if an old veteran like me had any words of wisdom I could pass on.
What an old combat soldier like me objects to is that this new medal ranks above the Purple Heart and Bronze Star.
Elders have lived through infancy, childhood, adolescence and under Obamacare are in their final stage, obsolescence.
Let me begin by saying I'm glad Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta recently announced combat jobs will now be open to women.
In the Great Depression many stood in poverty, but in our own way we rose and endured in the face of calamity.
I'm not the slightest interested in trying to make big bucks hunting pythons.
I have come to the conclusion that senior citizens eat out a good bit.
A wise man once said, "politics is a dirtier job than cleaning toilets."
No question about it. The worst mass shooting in U.S. history is on the minds of everyone.
The time was approximately 7:52 p.m. when we got a call from Kingston, Jamaica.
Many kind words were spoken to veterans on Veterans' Day. Among them were "thanks for your service."
How many young people do you know who have college degrees and have no jobs?
A new day is dawning. We have some relief from all of those political flyers, calls during the dinner hour, television ads and campaign promises.
While driving down Ga. Highway 20 the other day, we noticed as we stopped at each traffic light, a young lady in the adjacent car was texting.
If you don't wish to discuss the record, you talk about binders.
When at the polls, voters should remember to give party loyalty when it has been earned.
His name is Jim. It is a friendly alias, but for purposes of this column will have to do.
Due to the economy and higher prices, many people have had to seek cheaper transportation.
You say you want change. Well, go to the polls and cast your vote.
Are you tired of all this political outrage -- charges and counter charges?
After so many years of being southernized, we can no longer brag about being damned Yankees -- and maybe we no longer care for the title!
Sheriffs face challenges during austere times.
If the government grants a pardon to a special group of people for political reasons, you can call it Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals if you want to, but chances are it is amnesty.
Many people out there have good things to say about cornbread and buttermilk.
London has done well with Olympics 2012, which brings back memories of the Atlanta Games.
Better watch out. Better not shout. I’m telling you why. You just might find yourself in trouble just like the 80-year-old couple in Elyria, Ohio. They are being sued by the city and it isn’t for not paying taxes. No, it is (are you ready for this?) for feeding wildlife in their backyard. Now how about that? Christian charity.
The months of November and December are well known for important holidays. They are also known as big months for home burglaries. Thieves like to kick in your door and steal your merry Christmas.
The new J. Edgar Hoover movie has renewed speculation about the director being gay and abusive of power. For years his enemies have continued to downgrade his contributions to law enforcement. Since he isn’t here to defend himself, it has become easier to besmirch his reputation and vilify him. This helps sell books, newspapers and movies.
Janet Ruth, for a moment I thought they were here. Those pesky stink bugs you told me had infested your northern Virginia home last fall. I did see six or eight of them and felt they were advance scouts crawling on the south side of my house seeking entry.
Recently there have been what are called Occupy movements across the country. As they are publicized in the media, they seem to have become more popular. Some feel these protests are a way to empower minorities.