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ENTER ECONOMIC & CULTURAL DARK AGES

As the great Roman Empire wound down and collapsed, it could look back on its great cultural contributions to the world and its powerful military.  Finally, all it really had was a military.  Fast forward to current America...

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TV WEATHER NEEDS JOURNALISTIC PRINCIPLES

Today's local TV stations use weather broadcasting as hype for the station and its advertisers.  Yet the weather is programmed as a part of news.  As such, it needs to follow some objective, honest, journalistic principles.  The problem is that local news itself is used to hype broadcast revenue.  Objective news reporting, including weather, no longer exists.  Edward R. Murrow must be turning over in his grave because of the way news reporting has "evolved."

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REAGAN-BUSH LEGACY WORSE THAN IMAGINED

Yes, closing Guantanamo is absolutely necessary.  Now comes the hard part.  Cleaning up the horrible mess created and left by Reagan-Bush.  And though Clinton left Bush a surplus in the federal budget, he was not up to straightening things out because of the time given over to defending his immoral private activities.  But the disasters now facing us began with Reagan's "trickle down" economic policies that the first George Bush called "voodoo economics" until he, too, was bought out by the corporate behemoths who benefited so greatly from right-wing hand-outs.

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"DADDY KING," MY PERSONAL REMEMBRANCE

As we go through these days of honoring the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the  inauguration of the first African-American president, it is time for me to reflect on a man who did much to bring about the rise of these two stellar men.  I met him in Atlanta some years ago.  He was a humble man with a strong, low voice that could shake the  rafters, but with empathy and compassion in it.  He was the pastor of a then-modest red brick church near central Atlanta.  His congregation loved him.  His family played an important role in his ministry.  I only saw him wear an old, shiny, blue business suit, worn from long and modest years in the Baptist ministry.

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YES, I RESPECT RELIGION, BUT...

As H.L. Mencken stated, I respect all religions, but to the extent that I feel compelled to say a man's wife is beautiful or his children are smart. 

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