It’s reassuring to know that “others” are out there, separate from our kind. Helps us to feel more secure, part of an identifiable group whose members are closer kin to us. And, therefore, better than those others.
Recently, relations between the United States and Turkey broke down to the point where both sides have canceled visas for visits to each other, and we’re one step away from breaking all diplomatic ties with one of our NATO allies. Many, from Turkey’s leader to several Trump critics, have blamed President Donald Trump for the mess. They’re wrong.
Since the fight over the Robert E. Lee Monument in Charlottesville, Virginia, we’ve heard a lot about memorials to the Confederacy and how it’s really about history, and heritage. But is that really the case? A lonely park dedicated to a huge win by the Confederacy can be quite revealing.
It’s sad that a nation famous for forging ahead, defying the odds, and finding solutions to problems is defeated. But some of the loudest voices insist that’s the case. Each time there is a new mass shooting, anguished cries for some effort to be made to control the gun saturation of the country are met with the familiar insistence that it can’t be done, you just can’t get there from here.
It has long been a theme of this column that campaigns are antithetical to governing. The polarity of partisan bases continues to push candidates into untenable positions that are demanded by voters but lack sufficient grounding in reality for legislation and implementation.
If you haven’t watched the Ken Burns and Lynn Novick documentary “The Vietnam War,” I hope you will. It’s long and often depressing, but I think citizens owe it to themselves and to the country to watch it. And owe it to those who paid for the war in blood and death, and to those who loved them.
As our jaws drop from shock when read about the latest terror attack, we cringe as we prepare to learn who the killer was. Who was the Las Vegas shooter? Was he a Muslim fundamentalist? Was he right-wing? Was he left-wing? What was his race? Was a woman helping him?
After church last Sunday my husband Bill and I sat outside our local bookstore reading the New York Times. Bill glanced up from the sports section and said, “I hate all this kneeling during the national anthem. Can’t they protest some other way? I mean, the national anthem,” he added, emphasizing the last two words. “If they don’t like our country, let them get on a plane and go to Australia.”
I have two outstanding students, who both happen to be football players for LaGrange College. One’s black, and one’s white. One’s liberal, and the other is conservative. One’s a “skill position” player while the other battles in the trenches. One thinks players should take a knee in protest, and the other wants to proudly stand for the National Anthem. But both support the rights of players to kneel.
At Synovus, we never stop thinking about the future. That’s why Synovus is proud to be a sponsor of Georgia Pre-K Week 2017 for the fourth consecutive year. Organized by Voices for Georgia’s Children, Georgia Pre-K Week raises awareness of our state’s unique pre-kindergarten program, which happens to be celebrating its 25th anniversary.
There is very little that can serve as fodder for today’s outrage machine more than an error, a lapse in judgment, or a poor decision made by a classroom teacher. It is the nightmare scenario not only for most teachers, but also for principals and other high-level bureaucrats within the education system.
It isn’t unusual for me to spend an exasperating amount of time trying to remember where I put the book I was just reading a short time before. On the other hand, I can with no problem remember specific details of events that happened 75 years ago or more.
Hundreds attended the 21st Annual Historic Linwood Foundation Fall Ramble Thursday evening at Columbus' historic Linwood Cemetery. The sunset tour featured presentations by reenactors portraying some of the local people involved in the establishment of Camp Benning. The tour was dubbed "The Beginning of Camp Benning" and also featured presentations about a World War I casualty and a local physician who was a victim of the Spanish flu.
Mike HaskeyThe Ledger-Enquirer
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