Author: Harry Herget

Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country.

Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country.   Remember that line? It dates back to WWII and was a part of our national chorus to entice recruits to fight the forces of evil that were gaining momentum in Europe as well as in Japan.   For me, a student typist a decade or so later, it was an assignment I was given so that I could train my fingers to skillfully orchestrate the keyboard of my Remington Standard typewriter.   If invoked today, this call to action would take on...

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The Seven Sentiments of a Highly Disillusioned American

The Seven Sentiments of a Highly Disillusioned American   I confess. I did it. I voted for George W. Bush in 2000. At the time, I was convinced (1) I was doing the right thing; in fact, I was so fatigued with the revolving scandal-gate that overshadowed the Clinton administration, I wanted someone new in the White House who would change the headlines and help restore the moral high ground to the esteemed office of President. Bush’s inauguration on January 20, 2001, was a good day for me. The aftermath of September 11, 2001, only bolstered my conviction that...

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Indian Mascots

Those who suggest the use of an Indian as a mascot is a kind of racially or ethnically abusive behavior are hypocrits. Bigots. Tu quoque. Bigotry is to be confronted and defeated at every level and at all times.  The schools who surrendered to the NCAA’s policy prohibiting use of Native American imagery by forfeiting their right to challenge this unmitigated policy of intolerance, should be ashamed.  Acquiescence is tantamount  to the crime. Losers all...

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Bait and Glitch

Bait and Glitch   It’s fair to say most people who borrow money to buy a home don’t read the fine print on documents their mortgagor requires them to sign at closing.  Even if they did, most wouldn’t understand the convoluted legal-speak. I don’t. Over the past twenty years, in an effort to attract more and different types of borrowers, mortgages have evolved like tennis shoes by exploding from two basic models. In the case of mortgages, they multiplied in fixed and adjustable rate varieties while tennis shoes morphed exponentially from the basic choice between high and low tops....

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Show Me The Disaster

Editor   Show Me The Disaster   My wife and I cringe every time we cross the bridge going to and from our second home in Memphis.  There are two bridges, in fact, that connect Arkansas to Memphis, and they are aptly described according to their age; one is the “new” bridge, and it’s eons younger than its predecessor, the “old” bridge.  According to local legend, the “old” bridge was built by Lewis and Clark to help transport their camels and various and sundry other expeditionary forces across the mighty Mississippi. Fortunately, the new bridge is more convenient for our purposes and, thanks to the...

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