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"We can't even have a Civil War themed event"

By PAUL BOIS

The raging marauders have now frightened people into cancelling a Civil War reenactment for fear that the presence of Confederate symbols would be too triggering for some, resulting in another incident such as Charlottesville.

Though reenactments have typically been a sign of national unity, as Americans of all stripes come together to particpate in a history lesson of what is perhaps one of the darkest chapters in United States history, the city of Manassas, Virginia, says that's no longer the case.

In a statement, the city council announced that the event scheduled from August 25 to August 27 has now been cancelled “for the safety of our residents, visitors and reenactors,” according to FOX5DC.

"Recent events have ignited passions in this country surrounding the Civil War and the symbols representing it. The City of Manassas is saddened by these events and abhors the violence happening around the country," the statement read.

Following the horrible incident in Charlottesville recently, which left one woman dead when a white nationalist plowed a car into a crowd of protesters, divisions have erupted across the country over the removal of Confederate monuments. Rather than have a healthy debate over the issue, leftist marauders, some of whom are card-carrying Marxists who support North Korea, have either vandalized or removed statues, entirely in violation of the law.

However, Civil War reenactments have nothing to do with the reverence associated with public statues, and have always been about historical theater. Schools even take their students on field trips to such events. Matt Walsh of The Blaze described the family-friendly atmosphere present at this particular reenactment and his disappointment that the city council would capitulate to such political correctness.

My sister was looking forward to bringing her kids to the Civil War weekend in Manassas. They have reenactments, wagon rides, costume balls, battlefield tours, etc. It's a fun, educational event for the whole family. Or it was, anyway. Apparently the city has canceled the annual festival due to "safety concerns."

This is insane. After 150 years, suddenly we can't even have a Civil War themed event or Civil War battlefield tours. Suddenly any mention of the Civil War may provoke violent outrage. AFTER 150 YEARS. Why should the Civil War be a more sensitive subject for us than it was for our great grandparents? How has it become MORE contentious after a century and a half?

This is total madness. Everyone involved in creating this craziness is a disgrace and a fool. They should all be ashamed, but I doubt they are capable of it. And no, I am not sensitive to their perspective nor do I care about their ridiculous feelings. There is simply no rational reason for a person to be lashing out about a war that ended 150 years ago, and that for decade upon decade has been nothing more than a fascinating historical subject for reasonable Americans of all races.

I'm not saying we all must have the same opinion of the war, but I am saying that we should all be able to control ourselves when discussing the subject considering it ended in freaking 1865. Is that so much to ask?

Manassas was the site of two Civil War battles. No other reenactments have announced cancellations at this time.

 

Why Do Some Old People Get Cranky?

By Dr. Glenn Mollette

I hear you already. All old people aren't cranky. I have a friend who is 96 years old and is the delight of all who know her. She is independent. She works in her garden every summer. She drives herself to church and the grocery store. She exercises a couple of time s a day. She lives in a very small humble house but it's her place and she takes care of her home.
Too often my wife and I are out and "hear" crotchety old people. Often they are battering the waitress about the service or the food. Often we get out of their way at the grocery store in fear of being maimed for life by a grocery cart. When visiting in Florida we look both ways when crossing the road more than once because of several occasions we've almost been run over by a senior adult.

Let me move quickly here and say most of my friends are senior adults. I guess I have become one numerically but mentally I don't want to really embrace this reality. However the other day at McDonald's I was expecting to get the senior adult coffee rate and the cute young lady at the register said, "I'm sorry sir but you don't look like a senior." I paused a moment and almost smiling replied, "Uh, well, just how old am I," I asked. "I guess about 42," she said. I handed her the full $1.06 gladly for the coffee. "Well sir, am I right?" I replied, "Honey, you are good. You nailed it," I said as I happily walked back out to my car to tell my wife about my pleasant coffee buying experience. By the way, my wife just shook her head when I relayed the conversation to her.

I don't know for sure why some old people get cranky but I can just imagine. Lots of things change. Hearing changes, eyesight changes, hair grows in weird places, the body is simply no longer 18. For some reason Alice Cooper's song, "I'm 18 and I don't know What I Want," just does not relate any longer. Cooper should come out with a new song, "I'm a senior adult and I don't know what I want." Now, that would be another platinum record for Cooper because many seniors are still a lot like they used to be growing up - trying to figure it all out.

Seniors face reality that their longevity is running out. Often money is tight because so many seniors haven't saved much if any money. Social Security isn't enough. The aches and pains are often only calmed by prescriptions and often retirement is not what they had envisioned.

Adult children factor into senior's attitudes as well. Adult kids who still need the financial help of their old parents are a drag for everybody. Or, the adult children who simply still use mom and dad for merely babysitting or solving life's crises take a bit of the spark out of the senior years as well.

Now let's go back to my 96 year old friend. Recently her family invited her to go on a vacation with them for a couple of weeks. They said, "Mom, we are going to rent a condo for vacation and we want you to go with us on vacation and cook for us." She smiled. She thanked them but said, "I don't want to do that." There, in that one sentence could be the secret to happy senior adult living - longevity with the independence to still make choices. Good luck!

Glenn Mollette is a syndicated columnist and author of twelve books.
He is read in all fifty states.


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MOREHEAD, Ky. ---The Morehead State University Foundation has announced that Ashley Rose Honeycutt of Keaton is the recipient of the Richard L. Dorton Scholarship.

Ashley Honeycutt Ashley Honeycutt Honeycutt, who graduated from Lawrence County High School, is the daughter of Jon and Vicki Rose of Ulysses.

The senior social work major attends MSU at Prestonsburg. Honeycutt is a member of the Student Association of Social Workers (SASW).

The scholarship supports married students from Adams, Brown, Highland and Clermont counties in Ohio and Johnson County in Kentucky.

The recipient of the award must be a full-time student with a 2.7 GPA or above.

Additional information is available by contacting MSU’s Enrollment Services at 606-783-2000 or the MSU Foundation Inc. at 606-783-2033 or at www.moreheadstate.edu/scholarships.

 

FOR ONE BRIEF MOMENT...

Most people from coast to coast scurried around to either buy eclipse glasses or checked out Pinterest in order make something at home in order to view the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse, the first total solar eclipse’s in 38 years. ...for those in contiguous United States (excluding Alaska and Hawaii).

Lazer reporter Tame' Mosley ready to see the eclipse yesterday like millions of other Americans.Lazer reporter Tame' Mosley ready to see the eclipse yesterday like millions of other Americans.

The last time anyone in mainland US saw a total eclipse of the Sun was on February 26, 1979. If you live in the US and miss this event, you'll have to wait 7 more years, until April 8, 2024, to see a total solar eclipse from a location in the contiguous United States.

Skylar Staley, Ivy Vinson and Ann and John Nolan watching the eclipse in Louisa,  KYSkylar Staley, Ivy Vinson and Ann and John Nolan watching the eclipse in Louisa, KY

What makes this eclipse extra special is that it is the first time since the total solar eclipse of January 11, 1880 that a total solar eclipse will occur exclusively over the continental United States—no other country will see totality, though many countries will see a partial eclipse of the Sun.

Because of these reasons, the eclipse is also being called the Great American Eclipse.

Although Louisa didn’t experience complete darkness, Western Ky. did. Governor Matt Bevin visited Hopkinsville, Ky. During the eclipse, as it was said to be one of the greatest places to watch it from.

But our favorite place was in the Lawrence County/Ft. Gay area, always is...

 

How To Avoid Another Charlottesville 

By Dr. Glenn Mollette

Does anybody in America truly want to repeat another horrific Charlottesville?

I hope the answer is 'no' but it seems there are different groups lusting for more of Charlottesville. Three people were killed and many others injured in a display of civil warfare reminiscent of what I used to watch on the evening news back in the sixties.

Are there hate groups in America? The answer is yes. Is there racism in America? The answer is yes. Is the solution to hate and racism violence? No. Hurting one another, cursing each other, violating each other and trying to kill each other comes from the basest and most depraved human beings.

Where is the commonsense of what happened in Charlottesville, Virginia? There was no commonsense.

How do we avoid another Charlottesville?

Freedom of speech does not mean freedom of violence. Every group that protests in any community in the United States should first gain a permit from the local county or city government for a day and length of time with an exact location to hold the march or protest. The protest must be civil. There is no need for guns at a march or at rally to speak. Freedom of speech does not mean freedom to start shooting off guns.

Next, the group should be required to put up a deposit of cash. It takes money to clean up a town after hundreds or thousands of people have dropped their cigarette butts and pop cans everywhere. Part of the cash deposit should be refundable if the group marches orderly and leaves the community orderly.

Tell all the local people that the protestors are coming and to leave town or find something else to do. In other words ignore them. The best way to kill anything is indifference. Indifference has been killing churches and marriages for many years now.

Forbid another group to protest at the same time. Civil freedom of speech should mean I get a turn and then you get a turn. However national cable television news and Presidential debates have proven that there is little civility and manners in our nation anymore. People start talking and then opponents begin yelling trying to drown them out. Any group that has a permit to march and speak about their cause should have a chance to say what they want to say. When they are finished the opposing group should pay their fee to march and have their say about the issue.
Yelling at each other and throwing things and driving cars into crowds gains nothing but death, more hatred and more violence.

A date and time set by the city and county gives local and state police the opportunity to organize in such a way to save lives. An event such as Charlottesville requires hundreds of state police people and maybe even the National Guard. Yes, this is tragic.

When a group marched in Pikeville, Kentucky last April 29 no one was killed. Lots of words were hurled by the opposing groups but the community and the police kept the order. The groups came, the police made convincing barricades and lives were sparred. The Pikeville commissioners notably disallowed either of the groups to wear hoods or masks in their protesting. This is another good move that all city and county governments need to enforce in the future.

When groups interrupt and act violently toward those speaking they should be hauled off to jail until somebody pays their fine to get them out.

I was in the St. Louis airport the other day and there is a Freedom of Speech stand in the airport. People can stand at that location and give a speech. Nobody was giving one while I was there. Every community should protect freedom of speech. No one speaking and conducting him or herself in a civil manner should have to fear being assaulted or run over by a car. Those speaking should never be threatening to anyone physically nor should listeners be allowed to threaten the speaker. Where or how does violence resolve any issue? Unless of course people want another Civil War where hundreds of thousands of people were killed in order to get the point across. Is this what we want in America? Surely we do not want to go backwards to such a brutal and archaic time in our history?

Violence will only provoke more violence and more hatred. We are a multicultural society. All colors and backgrounds live in America. The solution to our success is to quit biting and fighting each other and work together. Or, have we become just too barbaric?

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Glenn Mollette is a syndicated columnist and author of twelve books originally from Milo, Ky. He is read in all fifty states.

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