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REMEMBERING ARGUING WITH MY DEAR FRIEND JOHN

We met over 50 years ago, and immediately got into an argument.  He was a member of the White Station High School Debate Team.  I was a member of the Frayser High School Debate Team.  We squared off against one another in a speech tournament at old Messick High School, vigorously arguing an issue of American foreign policy.

I can’t recall who won.  I am sure my friend thought he did.  I thought I clearly won.  We probably had an argument about that right after the debate. 

CRITICAL RACE THEORY AND AMERICAN EXCEPTIONALISM CAN BOTH EXIST IN TENNESSEE SCHOOLS

Students can only truly understand how exceptional our nation is if they are also taught about our "original sin" of slavery, the continuing sin of racism, and how we have sought and still strive to address it.

WHAT MRS. GILLESPIE TAUGHT ME ABOUT THE RUSSIANS

When I was in the fourth grade I had a wonderful teacher, Mrs. Gillespie.  We did not change classes in the fourth grade at Frayser Elementary School, so Mrs. Gillespie was my only teacher that year.  With the exception of recess and lunchtime, I was at my desk in Mrs. Gillespie’s classroom from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. every weekday.  

Mrs. Gillespie taught me math, English, science, arts and history.  

She also taught me something about the Russians. 

IS FREE SPEECH BECOMING AN OXYMORON?

Increasingly, many of us are reticent to express our opinions as we fear discord, ostracism and even reprisals from co-workers, family and friends.

BACK WITH MY CARDINALS IN JUPITER

JUPITER, FL, MARCH 18:  Once again this year, I have flown south during the month of March and landed in Jupiter.  Not the fifth planet from the sun, but this beautiful town in south Florida.  I fly down here every winter, not as a snowbird, but as a Cardinal.  You see, Jupiter is the “winter home” of my beloved St. Louis Cardinals, and I join them here every March for spring training.