Turn the tape recorder back on

by D.G. Martin William Friday has been dead a year now, and we still don’t know how we are going to get along without him. He was a living monument to all that is, or was, right with our state. Optimism, confidence in the basic goodness of others, respect for those who disagreed,...

Apologize sincerely

by D.G. Martin Apologize, my mom told me. When you hurt somebody’s feelings, she said, apologize, even if they misunderstood or even if you didn’t mean it the way they took it. Say you’re sorry and move on. And that is what I did when some folks took offense at my recent column...

A new book reminds us to say, ‘Thank you’

One on One by D.G. Martin “Our landings in the Cherbourg-Havre area have failed to gain a satisfactory foothold and I have withdrawn the troops.” So wrote General Dwight Eisenhower on June 5, 1944, 69 years ago. According to Rick Atkinson’s new book, The Guns at Last Light: The...

July 4th and the ‘Revolutionary Summer’

by D.G. Martin In the early summer of 1776 in Philadelphia, where our founders were waxing eloquently about their newly declared independence from Great Britain, modern day Tea Partiers would have felt at home. There was a lot of talk there about freedom, small and limited...