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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Civil War

Secession petitions taking things a bit too far

If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em. That’s a common response. Editor Don Whitten points to a new response – if you can’t beat ‘em, secede – that’s popping up around the country after the recent election, and he writes that it appears lots of folks apparently don’t recall their history lessons very well. (November 14, 2012, Page 4)

Historical ‘shames’ should be shared, not censored

With Martin Luther King Jr. Day this week, local columnist Deidra Jackson takes a look at her feelings about that history, the iconic Lorraine Motel in Memphis and how some schools are glossing over parts of our past that should not be forgotten or overlooked. (January 19, 2012, Page 4)

The Windy State? It’s possible, but unlikely

Most people have heard of the Windy City – Chicago. Is it possible that the Windy City is about to become the Windy State? Editor Don Whitten takes a closer look at the proposal of a state legislator in Illinois to make Cook County and Chicago the 51st state. (November 30, 2011, Page 4)

OK, it’s time for a mid-summer pop quiz

Since it’s halfway between the end of one school year and the beginning of another, perhaps it’s just the right time for a mid-summer pop quiz – on the holiday we’re celebrating Monday. Editor Don Whitten has questions, answers and ratings in the short quiz on the Fourth of July. (July 1, 2011, Page 4A)

Whitewashing American history hurtful to all

Do you remember the epic TV presentation “Roots” from the late-1970s? Perhaps you’ve seen it since and felt its impact. Local columnist Deidra Jackson recalls when she saw the series and wonders about how we don’t seem to have many insightful, educational and entertaining things like that to teach history to the youth of today. With political correctness and other factors, she wonders if we’re not whitewashing our history, which does no one any real good. (March 3, 2011, Page 4)

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