Delivering ourselves from evil

ROLLING FORK—It strikes me that we should just stop aiding and abetting. Indications are, after all, that quite enough of that’s gone on already.

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Just a few words about words

ROLLING FORK—Ask any good craftsman about the contents of his tool box and you will quite likely set him to talking, so today I feel inclined to talk about the contents of my tool box.
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A thought on forests and trees

ROLLING FORK — Are you gonna believe him, or your lyin’ eyes? And ears?

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The dilemma of the dying dumb

ROLLING FORK — Sometimes you might really be surprised by the kinds of things that cause consternation to newspaper folk.

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I’ve had some good years

COAHOMA—I think it was easier being a kid when I was one. Oh, there weren’t any hand-held computers we call cell phones or 200-plus-channel TV and “steaming” packages to entertain us, but neither were there any drugs or child predators or gangs or many other of the things which threaten kids today — at least not here, in the then wonderful little northern Coahoma County hamlet of my rearing.
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No more sympathy for the devil

ROLLING FORK—Toward the climax of Steven King’s underrated modern morality tale, “The Stand,” one of the protagonists says to minions of the literary demon incarnate, “Just so we understand each other: Randall Flagg is an apostate of hell, and you guys kiss his a- -.”

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Thoughts on the facts of life

ROLLING FORK — I was perusing amid the legion of reference books that line the shelves in my office the other day when I stumbled upon a long unopened one, the contents of which may well hold the answer to one of the more troubling questions plaguing contemporary American society: Why are so many people so apparently willing to simply ignore facts within the forming of their views of this and that?
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Musings on the original Ray

My father was wont to say of his that he could set concrete on fire with a box of penny matches. And, I reckon that was about right.
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We used to be better than this

ROLLING FORK — If we are going to consider ourselves and call ourselves “the civilized world,” then we are going to have to act like it.
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The emergent propaganda state

ROLLING FORK — The thing about propaganda is—it works. There are all manner of historical examples to prove the validity of that but we have no need for any of them. We have a front row seat to witness it every day. Lucky us.

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