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Posted on November 17 at 4:16 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I had recently gotten off active duty with the Air Force and was taking a final exam at a Community College. Emerging from the test to see our flag flying at half staff and being a 4 year veteran, with still 2 years on my inactive enlistment, I was wondering what calamity had befallen our Nation. At that time, 50 years ago, we did not lower our flag because someone's dog died... different times I guess. I raced to my old Chevy.. turned on the radio and discovered that JFK had been shot and had died. Having experienced the Cuban Missile crisis from the vantage point of active service, I wondered if I would be called back up to serve. I actually started packing my things... I remember they were very scary times.

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Posted on October 30 at 6:29 p.m. (Suggest removal)

rpterry...I suspect someone told OCR. How about the special education teachers... now that wasn't that hard..was it?

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Posted on October 15 at 7:52 a.m. (Suggest removal)

So "Cracker" seems to be saying what was said was "not right", but it wasn't all that bad because others have been saying it for some time and that worst things can be said of Amsterdam. I suspect I read "cracker's commentary" quite a few times..fascinating collection of words.. but I never attribute to malice that which can be explained by this case it took me awhile to figure out.

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Posted on October 13 at 4:12 p.m. (Suggest removal)

It will be interesting to see what happens in the next few days. Will the BH-BL district offer an apology? Will the community offer excuses instead of outrage and contrition? Will they circle their wagons? Intolerance and hate is a learned response, it doesn't occur naturally. We live in rather sad times where our politics and religion accept intolerance as a basic freedom. It is my understanding that the folks in the stands on the BH-BL side didn't raise an objection. Why did it take a rather courageous coach to step forward to stop it? Did the people in the stands agree with the students or are they cowards? Perhaps we will never know.

From: Racial chant mars BH-BL homecoming win over Amsterdam

Posted on July 15 at 9:19 a.m. (Suggest removal)

As William Faulkner said " we don't see things as they are..rather, we see things as we are". His rather clear observation can be applied to explain the comments of "airedale1950". I can be fairly certain I can get the following somewhat rhetorical questions answered correctly... Cable news watched, political party affiliation, probable job/profession. Yes, the jurors did a remarkable job, but the question remains for this country to eventually resolve. Do we understand the actual meaning of "Reasonable Doubt". And what Thomas Jefferson would lament... a time in our history when we place fear above reason and justice. We've made a cottage industry out of hate and intolerance....from our airways and pulpits...from the right and from the left. I have been very impressed by the African-American community. They seem to be taking the "event" with a degree of grace, understanding and tolerance.

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Posted on June 22 at 5:34 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Justin Mason, as usual, does a masterful job of reporting. He leaves it to the reader to connect the dots. Crawford's connections to and association with, known/published hate groups... was missed by other reporters for some reason. Fascinating to read the "shocked-to-hear" responses from his church community, the Charlton politicians and generally the folks around Galway. Mason give you the option of believing that perhaps Crawford's actions came as a surprise. I prefer to connect the dots.

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