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5 to go, will America make 250?

July 3, 2021
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Forty-five years ago this weekend, I was between my Freshman and Sophomore years of High School.  A lanky Kansas farm kid who was now fully useful on either a tractor, combine, pickup or wheat truck. But the biggest event that summer for this budding history geek was that America had made it to 200. ...

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Every Dad has a story

June 19, 2021
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For far too many, Father’s Day 2021 will not be a celebration with dear ol dad but a remembering of how one day he was there and then all too soon he was not.  For some this is already the second fatherless Father’s Day, for other’s their first.  But all of them happening in...

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Manchin vs the Mob

June 12, 2021
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Robert Miller, Billings, MT – Harold Zuckerman, East Hampton, NY – Barbara Baird, Rayland, OH – Matthew Lefluer, Albert, VT – Bruce Gasber, Summerfield, FL – Carol Hart, Napa CA – Kent Johnstone, Katy Times Reader – Leslie Darga, Edgewater MD – John Gacnik, Glenwood Springs, CO – Ronald Russo, Willoughby, OH, -George Rubertt,...

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Trump v Patton and the Biden disaster

June 5, 2021
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There’s a scene in the movie Patton where Karl Malden playing Omar Bradley informs General George Patton (George C. Scott) that Third Army supplies are being diverted to British forces in the north to destroy German V-2 rocket sites targeting London. Patton suspects his war time rival, British general Bernard Montgomery, who he’d always...

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It’s not the sale, it’s their sacrifice

May 29, 2021
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The task seemed simple enough.  Take to the internet in search of a new patio rug. I started with one of the more popular online sites and before I even had a chance to browse the selections, there it was, in all its disgrace, a banner ad blaring out: “memorial day blowout – 70%...

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Through strength and perseverance, a pride well earned.

May 22, 2021
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When Joplin was ripped apart on that afternoon of Sunday, May 22, 2011 I was safe at home recovering from outpatient surgery.  It would take an agonizing four more days before I could do anything of value in town so I did the only thing I could at the time.  I scribbled together some...

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