Letter to the Editor, Dec. 4
Dear Editor, Martin Luther King, Jr. was a key leader in the civil rights movement in 1960's America. His assassination is one of the most famous in history, and his death resulted in thousands of startled and distraught Americans. Following his death on April 4, 1968, a series of riots began known as the Holy Week Uprising. ...
A coincidental night to remember
It's amazing, sometimes, the way in which we connect and reconnect with people. I graduated from Oral Roberts University in 1984. Anyone who attended Christian college can tell you that it has its good points and its bad points. Sometimes, there's a numbing kind of conformity; I had a dorm director once say in a devotion that Christian college was one of the hardest places to be a Christian, because it was so easy to just drift along with the crowd and do all the right things for all the wrong reasons, or for no reason at all.. ...
'Hunger Games' and Ferguson shooting
My wife, up until a week ago, had tried to get me to read the "Hunger Games" Trilogy. I refused to read it because it was labeled as a young adult novel. It didn't interest me. The latest movie was about to be released so my wife and I decided to re-watch the first two movies leading up to the latest. Upon revisiting the films I found myself suddenly interested in reading the novels, which I did. I finished all three of them in a week and then we saw the most recent film...
The man, the mentor, the legend
He was my mentor, my friend and someone I really looked up to. I sought his advice and thoughts and ideas more than anyone could imagine. He developed me into the journalist and photographer I am today. But he was much more to me than that and his knowledge goes far beyond that of our profession...
Website polls may not reflect reality
Every week or two, a plaintive cry can be heard in the Times-Gazette newsroom. "Does anybody have a good idea for a poll?" I'm the person who is responsible for posting polls to the front page of the T-G web site. (Sports editor Chris Siers posts polls to our sports page.) I try to mix things up a bit -- some fun topics, some more serious topics...
Letter to the editor, Nov. 2, 2014
Dear Editor and Citizens of Tennessee, I am excitedly writing to you from the smallest state in the union, Rhode Island. I am a seventh grade student attending Goff Junior High School in Pawtucket, R.I. For my geography class we are steadily working on a semester-long project in which we are responsible for creating a oral, written and poster project on a particular U.S. state. I quickly chose to do my report on Tennessee...
A meaningful time to remember
Words can hardly describe what it's like for an editor like myself to attend a ceremony such as the one held at Arlington National Cemetery Wednesday, memorializing the homecoming of Cecil Harris (see related story). It was surreal, and leaves me speechless, an appropriate parallel to how the family probably felt as their loved one was honored yesterday...