Category Archives: Editorial

Who’d Skip Thanksgiving?

by Mike Pyatt

Mike Pyatt

Many know the presidential ceremony of “pardoning” the White House Thanksgiving turkey, dates back to the 1940’s. The other fifty million meet their fowl demise on our dinner tables. Since September 28, 1789, just before leaving for recess, on the same day the first Federal Congress passed the Bill of Rights, a resolution was approved, asking President Washington to recommend to the nation a day of Thanksgiving. Lincoln proclaimed in 1863, after expressing gratitude for a pivotal victory at Gettysburg, that the nation celebrate an official Thanksgiving Holiday on November 26, 1863. FDR, on November 26,1941, signed a bill establishing the last Thursday in November, as the modern holiday we now celebrate. With the historical underpinnings established, that day’s upon us again. For some, it’s another day off work. Few will skip the festive side of the day, and all the attendant activities. Those less fortunate, may find themselves in a local rescue mission or soup kitchen. Or, as a result of commerce, at some unfamiliar diner or truck stop. Sadly, some are left out in the cold-alone. read more

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Revisiting Lamentations

by Mike Pyatt

Mike Pyatt

For those unfamiliar with the writings of the late Dr. Francis A. Schaeffer, evangelical theologian and philosopher, who published twenty four books, with a central theme of revealed Biblical truth in our modern culture, a pivotal work, written in1969, Death in the City, against the backdrop of the 1960’s countercultural upheaval. It reads like today’s headlines nearly fifty thereafter. He contended there’s a inextricable link between the intellectual, cultural and spiritual orientation of society and impending death, physically and spiritually, when a society abandons a Biblical view of God, and Fallen man. The title of this compelling book parallels the writing of the Old Testament, The Book of Lamentations, attributed to the prophet Jeremiah, who lamented that death and destruction had devastated his beloved Jerusalem. read more

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Alfred, Hugh and Harvey-Sleaze Merchants

by Mike Pyatt

Mike Pyatt

In a October 2000, interview with Fox News’ James Rosen, conservative pioneer, William F. Buckley, who wrote columns in Playboy Magazine for nearly four decades, was asked why he wrote for that magazine, quipped, “It was the fastest way to communicate with my seventeen year old son.” What compelled Buckley to write for Hefner’s magazine, that he publicly found so abhorrent? Buckley’s explanation that the best writers in the world published in the magazine fell woefully short of the “moral smell test” in appealing to others who opposed everything the Playboy Philosophy advocated. His February, 1974, column about court rulings on obscenity, Buckley assailed “the thoughtlessness of the Playboy philosophy, and the individualization of ethics, which of course the sexual revolution has been the driving wedge.” read more

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With Predictability

by Mike Pyatt

Mike Pyatt

Four years ago this columnist wrote about a Cheyenne church that bucked the national trend, voting not to renew ScoutTroop102’s charter, in opposition to the Boy Scouts of America’s executive decision to admit openly homosexuals into their ranks. Two years later, permitting the same as Scout Masters. The column asked, in the last line, “Is it worth deliberately placing a youngster in a heightened position of risk? Why not girls? Call it ‘Scouting America!’ What do you think?” That prediction didn’t require a prophet or seer, merely reading the sign posts to see this coming-BSA inviting girls, and allowing them by 2019, to earn the rank of Eagle Scout. Not everyone’s embracing the move. Girl Scouts America issued a blistering rebuke to the BSA’s decision to allow girls into their ranks. The GSA’s executives railed against their counterparts, in a statement to ABC, “The Boy Scouts’ house is on fire,” they attacked, “Instead of addressing systematic issues concerning sexual assault, financial mismanagement and deficient programming, BSA’s senior management wants to add an accelerant to the house fire by recruiting girls.” read more

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Country Above Self

by Mike Pyatt

Mike Pyatt

Our military branches boast a motto or creed, officially or otherwise, designed to convey the character of the men and women who serve in their respective uniforms. The Navy boast one that bears repeating-Non sibs sed partriae. ”Not for self, but county.” In our current culture, that glorifies self-serving, flies in the face of the Navy’s motto. Unless one’s a recluse, who could ignore this “bending a knee” during the National Anthem that has divided many since Colin Kaepernick, who occupies a multi-million dollar, secure, gated fortress, refused to stand because he believed the flag represented police oppression of minorities. Pundits claim disputing the issue only perpetuates its life. That’s why critics quickly blamed President Trump for reigniting the rift, claiming it was waning, with his tweet about SOB’s disrespecting the American Flag. read more

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