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America Today

November 17, 2019


A few weeks ago we left off with some Attorney General William Barr’s assessment of modern America. He presented this view in a speech he delivered October 11 before the School of Law at Notre Dame University on the freedom of religion and its underpinning of American life. Christianity is on the decline in the […]

The Dog Park

November 16, 2019


There is a marvelous experiment in social science that takes place every day in Tuscaloosa, except for Thursday mornings when the Will May Dog Park in Munny Sokol Park is closed for “maintenance.” The maintenance includes picking up a lot of dog poop, which is the downside of the social science experience I’m talking about. […]

The War for the Soul of America

November 16, 2019


Last week we challenged higher education’s goal of diversity rather than excellence in mission and teaching. Today, let’s rachet up the stakes a bit. Our nation today is engaged in a war for its very soul. I don’t want to exaggerate for the sake of notoriety or getting your attention, but a speech by Attorney […]

Prince Valiant

September 30, 2019


Prince Valiant, as many of you know, is a character in the comics of the same name, Prince Valiant, which appears every Sunday in my local newspaper, The Tuscaloosa News, and I’m sure many hundreds across the nation. Prince Valiant’s life is a study in surviving a never-ending series of catastrophes that occur with astounding […]

Landings and Take Offs

September 3, 2019


A few weeks ago, as I was walking my dogs, I saw a squadron of about fifteen geese on their final approach to a beautiful and graceful landing. They were in delightful formation, descending and weaving in and out of as they aimed for a lake at the old University golf course over by the […]

The True Beginning of African Slavery in the Americas

August 25, 2019


By now, unless you are a hermit or living under a rock, we all know from the avalanche of media that slavery began in America four hundred years ago, in 1619, with the arrival of a Dutch ship off the coast of Virginia with some African slaves they traded to the Virginia colonists for some […]

The Good Old Days

August 17, 2019


Occasionally, like so many people my age—I’d say older than fifty or sixty—I revisit the “good old days” and remember nostalgically how much better life was in the good old days. The President even was elected in 2016 with his version of the good old days with his slogan, “Make America Great Again.” He’s running […]