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& N Hi 0 'PaRCH'by Will Davis Catching the big one all the time? Having trouble getting going in the ,: morning? Are your lips and back peeling like a fake ,leather couch? Yes, you too may have the dreaded Post-Beach Trip Blues. The only cure is time. Well, more salt and sand might work too, but then how would you pay your bills? We headed to Emerald Isle, N.C: last week where our family has had a beach place for decades. We were fortunate to have some- where to go. Two of our favorite beach des- tinations were hit by hurricanes last fall. First, on Sept. 14, Hurricane Florence struck the North Carolina coast where my parents have places on the Bogue Banks. Mom's condo in Pine Knoll Shores seemed OK until they found that sideways rain had gotten into the walls. They had to remove all belongings. By that time, all the storage facilities were already full so morn had to move everything to a storage unit 90 miles away, in Greenville, N.C and repairs are expected to continue into the fall. Fifteen miles away at Emerald Isle, N.C. my dad's home had a few cedar shingles missing but was otherwise in good shape. Then on Oct. 10, Hurricane Michael struck the area around our other beach destination, Cape San Blas, on the Gulf Coast in Florida. Tryingto rent a place on VRBO was almost impossible because it was hard to tell what was available, and what was under repair. Then we heard there was only one gas station still operating on Cape San Blas and it was run from a temporary trailer. Nearby Mexico Beach is reported to still be in tatters, and the re -building work has hardly begun. So we headed to Emerald Isle last week, a 9-hour drive. My dad's home overlooks the inlet where the ocean meets the sound. The sunset,views are fantastic. But the walk to the water is harrowing, about 250 yards of sand. We're not complaining though. About 15 years ago, you could fish offmy dad's deck. The ocean moved doser and closer to the home every year. Finally my dad had to buy huge sand bags to try to save the home. "The' I thought, "will never work2' Miraculously though, the ocean at last began to recede. A friend told me that a dredging project had dumped millions of tons of sand on the beach, and that storms then deposited that sand in front of my dad's house. Whatever happened, however it happened, we're just glad our house isn't h nder water, even ffthe walk is daunting. The North Carolina,coast iswell known for good fishing, and we hired a charter tohelp us find them.: We played Wack-A-Mole with a school of Spanish Mac- keml, chasing them and the seagulls that hunted them all over the inlet just off Fort Macon in Atlantic Beach, N.C. We wound up with enough for a delirious fish fry. Then we took a trip up to the Neuse River for trout and drum that was less successfnl. But our biggest catch of the day was yet to come. We were motoring back toward the inlet when I laid down on the bowto take a rest as the boat bobbed up and down in the surE. Then I felt something fall out of my pocket. "Will!" a friend yelled. "Your wallet!" It had slid down the boat's rail and then plummeted into the Atlantic Ocean. Our guide circled back but I was doubtful. I got tired of things falling out of my wallet so a few years ago bought a giant man purse, a murse, with a zipper. Surely that would sink like a fat grouper My buddy pointed to where he thought it might have dropped and sure enough, there it floated amidst the jelly fish. I scooped it up as we passed. "In all my years taking people fishingS' our guide laughed, "I've never seen that? As we headed back:to the marina, I had only one question for him: "Will you take a damp check?" the Monroe County www. 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Publication No. USPS 997-840 T "Declare among the nations, and publish, and set up a standard; publish, and conceal not." -Jeremiah 50:2 A 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016 winner: Editorial Page excellence~ 2019! 2018 winner: Best Headline Writ!ng /O~tk~X 2oIg winner: Best C ity Service I~Dl-ffg i~1 2019 win=. Best Loyou, and Design ~"~~, oI 2019 winner:. Best Serious Column [])on Daniel ~,~,~N~,~F/ 3 ICS, by Kyie WingfieJd I his seems like a good time for Americans to remember their Faulkner, and one of his most famous lines: The past is never dead. It's not even past. For several years now, we have and shipped a sneaker honoring the Fourth of July with a 1770s-era flag on the back, only to, withdraw the product after paid endorser Colin Kaepernick said that symbol is associated with a period in which Ameri- ca condoned argued over whether visu- al reminders of our past amount to an endorsement of all they represent. South Caro- lina began this debate slavery. By that light, we should toler- ate nothing predating at least Jan. 1, 1863, and the Emancipa- tion Procla- mation. Not when it - ap- propriately, in my view - removed to mention that, for all the grievous shortcom- a Confederate battle flag long displayed on its state capitol grounds, after a white supremacist shot 12 worshippers, nine of them fatally, inside a historic black church in Charleston. From there, and as many of us who agreed with that fliig's removal warned at the proverbial sl E{ihas proved slip.peay A few re- cent exam'i ies two from Georgia, demonstrate as much. The pas is not just alive, but more ,c0mplicat- ed than our insta-tweet society acknowledges. Nike gave us the first example this past week. The company designed, manufactured ings of our nation when it comes to race, the moral logic driving what progress we have made originated in 1776, with the dedaration that "all men are created equal." That was the "promis- sory note" which Martin Luther King Jr. in 1963 said the civil rights move- ment "had come to cash." That promise from 1776, as King argued, wasn't dead, or even past. It was alive, even if it went nearly 200 years without being fully kept. Now for the complica- tion: Betsy Ross, who is credited with designing that famous flag, was a Quaker. No religious group in the 13 colonies was more vocally or ar- dently opposed to slavery. Like Ross, they chiefly lived in Pennsylvania, where the Continental Congress voted for inde- pendence. The fact their view did not prevail at the time is a tragedy. But to condemn as irredeemable the entire era, with all of its peoples and symbols, and the force for good they set in motion, is wrong. Another example is smack dab in Atlanta. MARTA is consulting nearby residents about possibly changing the name of its Bankhead raft station: The reason? The station, taking after the erstwhile Bankhead Highway, was named for a Confederate soldier and alleged KKK member, John Hollis Bankhead, Complicating matters here is what the name Bankhead has come to mean to most 21 st-centu- ry Americans: a geo- graphic reference made by numerous Atlanta- based rap artists. One suspects most people opining on the issue had no clue about the namesake. (Confes- sion: I have no idea for whom my own street was named.) Even so, and even if the dead soldier was indeed a full-fledged racist, could there be much more of an afterlife comeuppance than to have his name re-appro- priated by the very group of people he hated? Finally, we return again to Kings words, and another famous reference now and again in the news: Stone Mountain. Recall that, before last year's gubernatorial election, Stacey Abrams endorsed sandblasting the famous carving of a Confederate trio from the mountain's face. Recall as well a different idea floated by others: Commemorating King by placing a Liberty Bell replica atop the granite giant. ("Let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia!" King dedared in 1963.) The bell tribute is entirely worthy, but not the sand-blasting. After all, couldn't the bell lose some of its symbolic power if it didn't vis- ibly tower over the men whose cause was lost for good? Alive and kicking: That's our past, still actively jabbing at Our soft places. History is a complicated thing. The way to treat it properly is not with sani- tation but with honesty and forthrightness, about the good as well as the bad. The president and CEO of the Georgia Public Policy Foundation, Kyle Wing, field's column runs in papers around the state of Georgia. f " 1 i' TAKING A LIKENS TO YOU by Dale Likens 1 e Last week Karen and I decided to begin our Independence ay Celebration putting our flag out onthe 8"unday before the 4 h of Juty. We then turned our television onto the marvelous singing of the Mormon Taberna- cle choir and orchestra. Of course their pro- gram was spectacular as usual, s'mging and praising God and coun- try with favorite songs, such as "This Land is Your Land, This Land is My Land" to "God Bless America? The videos of America's country- side were as beautiful and stunning as one might expect with magnifi- cent bird-like views of our impos- ing oceans and grand and colorful rivers that run through the heart of America. Tall buildings from New York City to breathtaking views of the Grand Canyon, the green corn fields of Ohio, the waving wheat fields of Kansas and the famous Mount Rushmore quickly sped by our television screen reminding us of this wonderful land God has blessed us with. Then, as the program began to come to an end, we were reminded of the hundreds of graveyards across our nation and Europe filled with the thousands of bodies of those valiant men and women who gave their lives through World War I, World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. We sat there stunned and so grateful that God truly has blessed all of us in America. Thank you God for those soldiers of so many different races and creeds :who proudly gave their lives that we may enjoy the free- doms we areso.blessed with today! Later that day we turned Fox News and One America News on to news commentator began to speak, so-called Anti Fascist (Antifa) groups of young men and women, dressed in their usual black jackets and hoods that cov- ered their faces, ran across the screen, gathering around one conservative reporter beating on him, kicking him, throwing wet cement on him, driving him to the ground where they gathered around him beating him beyond recognition. L;kej.h5 Quickly the news com- mentator began show- ing long rows of tents lining the streets of San Francisco and many other large cities across America explaining how many of these street people had been there for weeks using the streets for their homes and toilets. Other people were walking around or past the tents as though it was common everyday life, unconcerned of the filth that surrounded them. Nearby, many of our govemment leaders live in their mansions surrounded by walls for protection. Sadly we were reminded of a news video a few days before where a 13-year-old was umpiring a young girls softball game when some unruly parents disagreed with the young umpire's call. The parents ran onto the field, and quickly a brawl broke out with fists swinging everywhere. One person was knocked to the ground while a number of others gathered around and kicked him and beat on him mercilessly. My wife thought it was the young umpire, but I thought it was an adult. I prayed it wasn't the 13-year-old umpire. Chills ran down my spine and anger flooded my soul! The contrast of the wonderful music of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and that of the Antifa men and catch up on the latest news. As our television screeni ghtened and the women and adults at a child's little league game is sickening. It's not the America I grew up in! It's not the America I wish for my children or grandchildren. This past week the Democrats had their first debate for their choice of a candidate for the presidency of the United States of America. Both debates left no doubt as to where America may go in the future. With no shame, the entire list of candidates proudly professed their beliefs in a socialistic form of government for our future America. Once again I am reminded of the great contrast in the two political parties of America. On the one hand we may vote for a president who truly believes in a socialistic form of government where we offer free col- lege to all, free health care to all and free handouts to those who refuse to work. elect a president who wishes to continue our present form of government known as capitalism where any person whether white or black, Christian or non-Christian or legal alien may rise to the top in any field he or she pursues with a little ambition, hard work and dedication. Sure some may rise to wealth and positions many of us may never attain. Maybe they even gained their fame and fortune in ways we do not see as fair or hon- est. It happens. It does not mean our government should place higher taxes for those who have begun their own business and now employ tens or hundreds of others along the way to pay for those who did not attain such heights or even attempt to. I love the America I've alwavs known where each of us can strive for our best and if we are blessed to succeed we may help others along the way. That's the America I dream of! That's the America my wife and I will vote for in the coming 2020 elec- tion. God bless! Dale Likens is an author who lives in Monroe County.