Saturday Series

Further thoughts on buzzards and the unexplainable

Faith & Inspiration | A former rancher offers reflections on a world beyond our comprehension
by John R. Erickson
Posted 12/14/20, 11:29 am

John R. Erickson, author of 70 Hank the Cowdog books and other ranch-based stories, knows his subject matter. He was a working cowboy and ranch manager in Texas and Oklahoma. A few weeks ago, he shared thoughts on some strange animal behaviors, including from buzzards. Here are two more essays from him as part of our Saturday Series. —Marvin Olasky

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Associated Press

In denial about division

Books | Pre-Civil War rhetoric sheds light on what happens when leaders deny polarization
by Elizabeth R. Varon
Posted 12/12/20, 09:08 am

In this year of polarization and racial tension, Elizabeth Varon’s Armies of Deliverance shows how Northern leaders in 1861 didn’t believe that the United States was deeply polarized. They thought wealthy plantation owners were not only bossing slaves but bossing poor whites as well, and the Civil War would be “a crusade to deliver the Southern masses from slaveholder domination.”

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The press and politics, 1919-2021

Politics | An imagined Q-and-A with Walter Lippmann
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 12/05/20, 09:36 am

We’re hearing lots of pessimistic talk about the state of media and public opinion in America, with the suggestion that we’re in worse shape now than ever before. Much of that concern is warranted, but I should point out that it’s nothing new. Walter Lippmann, one of the founders of The New Republic in 1914, was an influential journalist and columnist for more than half a century, with unofficial titles like “the father of modern journalism.”

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