Yearly Archives: 2017

Christmas In The Rearview Mirror

by Mike Pyatt 

Mike Pyatt

Christmas 2017, is on the books. The National Retailers Association bragged about a record Christmas, both in brick and mortar, and online sales. Economic optimism and President Trump’s turbo charged economy appear to be the drivers behind that report. Consumer Reports said millions are still hamstrung with credit card debt from Christmas of 2016, and they spent 3% more this year. Myths about Christmas persist. Scoffer, naysayer, and scrooge carped after discovering another lump of coal in their stocking. Prince, president or royalty gain no greater joy than paupers. Some have cast unwarranted blame at the Christmas season and attendant festivities for a spike in suicide. According to Psychology Today, the suicide rate peaks in the springtime, not wintertime. Certainly not at Christmas. To the contrary, most people with suicidal thoughts find some degree of insulation from such perverted thoughts by the proximity of their family, relatives or friends at Christmas time, and the prospect, of “things getting better from here on.” A legitimate springboard for hope. read more

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Groping For Answers in Wyoming

by Mike Pyatt

Mike Pyatt

The recent allegation against Wyoming’s Secretary of State Ed Murray, considering the onslaught from #Me Too campaign, surprised few. Murray vehemently denied the allegations from thirty-fives years ago. His accuser evidently has a renewed interest in making the details public, after discussing it with her seventeen year old daughter, who reportedly pressed mom to tell her story. Tatiana Maxwell insists her allegations aren’t politically motivated. The alleged sexual assault happened, she maintains, when she was an eighteen year old intern at a law firm in Cheyenne in the 1982. When she was reached by phone by the Denver Post, Maxwell said, “This supersedes politics, because it affects women across the spectrum,” she continued, “It’s about standing up for ourselves and younger women who followed us.” Though she insisted it wasn’t a comfortable thing to discuss, she used graphic details to outline that incident, that “horrified and disgusted” her. According to a CST article, Maxwell had donated nearly $73,000 dollars to Democratic organizations in Wyoming, Colorado and nationally since 1998. She claimed she was unaware Murray had considered a gubernatorial run. Murray said, “I struggle to understand what would motivate someone to make this kind of accusation.” If it’s true, did Maxwell have amnesia? If it’s untrue, how does Murray refute it? Was she swayed by the recent allegations against men across the nation? Is it assassination by accusation? read more

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A National Conversation On Race

by Mike Pyatt

Mike Pyatt

When Hammerin’ Hank Aaron shattered Babe Ruth’s MLB career home run record, on April 8, 1974, it was hailed as one of the biggest sports events of the century in Atlanta Fulton County stadium before more than fifty-thousand fans. Pearl Bailey sang the national anthem that day. Millions watched TV in anticipation. Typically Atlanta openers had 17 policeman on duty. That day there were 63. Aaron’s life had been threatened, before and after. He received hate mail for years because he was black. One letter exemplified the stark racism, “Dear (deleted) Henry, you are not going to break this record established by the great Babe Ruth if I can help it…Whites are far more superior than (deleted). My gun is watching your every black move.” Years later Aaron spoke out, “If I were a white man, all America would be proud of me,” he was quoted by the New York Daily News. “But I’m black. You have to be black in America to know how sick some people are. I’ve always thought racism a problem, even with the progress as America has made.” Is it, as Aaron remarked, a sickness? Is it contagious? Or is it ingrained in the heart to be expunged by legislation? read more

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Thanksgiving Proclamation by D.J. Trump

BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

A PROCLAMATION

On Thanksgiving Day, as we have for nearly four centuries, Americans give thanks to Almighty God for our abundant blessings. We gather with the people we love to show gratitude for our freedom, for our friends and families, and for the prosperous Nation we call home.

In July 1620, more than 100 Pilgrims boarded the Mayflower, fleeing religious persecution and seeking freedom and opportunity in a new and unfamiliar place. These dauntless souls arrived in Plymouth, Massachusetts, in the freezing cold of December 1620. They were greeted by sickness and severe weather, and quickly lost 46 of their fellow travelers. Those who endured the incredible hardship of their first year in America, however, had many reasons for gratitude. They had survived. They were free. And, with the help of the Wampanoag tribe, and a bountiful harvest, they were regaining their health and strength. In thanks to God for these blessings, the new governor of the Plymouth Colony, William Bradford, proclaimed a day of thanksgiving and gathered with the Wampanoag tribe for three days of celebration. read more

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