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In the mid-1990s, when I was starting to get into high school, we had a neighbor who would host exchange students every year or so. One year, they got someone from Germany. I should add, that they lived in the part of Germany that used to be known as East Germany….yep, the communist part. They …

The security of our allies in the civilized world means that we also have good security. If we keep hateful terrorist s out of as many countries as possible then it will be harder for them to recruit and form attacks on the United States. Islamic terrorism is scary in the idea that they are …

Email is such a wonderful thing. I remember when I was in the military it was literally my lifeline to the outside world. People that I would otherwise call once a week when I was in the United States would get an email back and forth where we would usually answer two or three times …

When my mother passed away a few years ago, I got a phone call a couple of days after she died from someone who was taking care of her will for her. This person met with me and handed me this mound of cash that my mother had been saving little by little. It was …

You can usually tell why something happened by following the money trail and yes, there is always a money trail. Say for instance you are at a minor league hockey game. At some point, they will have the owner of some local business come in to give a speech and all that, and you sit …

I have never understood the idea of sitting around and doing nothing while someone was in trouble or in need of assistance. I cannot count how many times I have been driving past someone that was in some sort of distress while people just walked past. If you have the chance to do something, you …

If there is one thing that will always be the case no matter what period in history you might be living in, it’s the idea that the government will never pass up a chance to waste money on something that had nothing to do with the reason why they were given the money. For example, …

Sometimes, you just have to push back at people that keep pushing you. It is one of those things that show that while you might be tolerant of people acting the way that they at you are only going to let it go so far. The past couple of months, President Trump has been accused …

If there is one thing that adversity will often do, it will show you who is capable of being a leader and who should have never applied for the job. COVID has definitely proven that. The past year has given an unfortunate display of who is up to the task and who should have let …

I recently had a conversation with someone that honestly, I never thought I would hear from ever again. It was a chaplain that I knew when I was in the military. Good guy, tougher than a two-dollar steak, but one of the most honest people I have ever met in my life. He is someone …

Ted Cruz is one of those people that knows how the game is played and at the same time he knows how to blend honesty into all of it. These days, we have far too many people that try to just blend in the game playing and not so much of the honesty. He’s someone …

People always have things that happened to them in days gone by that they would probably rather not talk about, but they don’t exactly try to make a point of letting people know about them through being total hypocrites. My son when he was about sixteen, once asked me if I had ever gotten so …

While I have never been the type of person to openly censor any work of creative expression, there is the idea that there are some things that the kids might not be ready for yet. For example, I have a six-year-old nephew that will sit and watch old wrestling with me when he is over …

When I get something as a gift or money that I do not expect, I like to know where the heck it came from. If a family member suddenly handed me five thousand dollars, I would want to see the lottery ticket that caused them to have such an amount of money. Otherwise, you might …

As someone that lived through the Cold War, I can tell you that the slightest possibility that there might be nuclear involvement on any scale is frightening. I recall in the early to mid-1980s, my father was stationed at a military facility in the Panama Canal Zone. My mother and I were watching the movie …

Throughout history, we have always been able to judge leaders based on the decisions that they make. We can always look back and see what they did to figure out whether or not they were someone of good character. We can also go back and judge them based on the decisions that they didn’t make. …

One thing about people and politics, you have to keep folks happy or else they can turn on you without any notice whatsoever. That being said, that doesn’t always mean you have to give people everything that they want. You simply cannot do that, someone will inevitably get mad about something. The key is to …