ARE AMERICANS LOSING LOVE OF COUNTRY?

A reader called my attention to Peggy Noonan’s recent article in the Wall Street Journal. It was titled: Privacy Isn’t All We Are Losing … The Surveillance state threatens Americans’ love of country. Noonan is a weekly columnist for The Wall Street Journal; previously, she was primary speech writer and…

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RELIGION … NEVER A GOOD TOPIC TO ARGUE

I’ve never been one to argue about religion. I will share my beliefs with you, and they are essential to my faith, but I’m not interested in arguing over religion — even if we are of the same religion. So, I’m not going to debate what an Oklahoma minister did,…

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TRAITOR OR HERO?

Edward Snowden admits he leaked details of a secret government program collecting massive phone and Internet data. He immediately triggered a major news story that is still growing; in fact, there are reports that even more information will be coming. Snowden was a contractor with the National Security Agency and…

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AN AMERICAN STORY

I appreciate that so many of you have asked if I would resume the Friday tradition of AN AMERICAN STORY. I’m glad that you have enjoyed them and this is the first on this new FB page. In the future, I might repeat someprevious stories knowing that now I’m also…

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EXTORTION 17

I want to call your attention to an article this week (June 5) by Jude Eden for The Western Center for Journalism. Extortion 17 was the call sign of a special operations mission in Afghanistan on Aug. 6, 2011; the mission was responding to backing up an Army Ranger unit…

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JOURNALISTIC BALANCE

JOURNALISTIC BALANCE: how does the public “right to know” compare to “victim privacy”? A standard rule in journalism is … no rape or sexual assault victim will be identified unless the victim chooses to have the publicity. One other exception comes into play if the victim was murdered and the…

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IRS INVESTIGATION

Watching developments about the IRS this week will be like watching a train wreck … and both sides of the political aisle will be demanding more answers. Today (June 3) the new acting commissioner of the IRS is scheduled to appear before a subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee. Danny…

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Houston Firefighters

There’s deep grief for 4 firefighters killed in the line of duty. They were in Houston, but firefighters all over the nation are a family, so I know local departments are also feeling the pain. Firefighter EMT Robert Garner, probationary firefighter Anne Sullivan, Engineer Operator EMT Robert Bebee and Capt.…

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