Posts made in April, 2007

Alabama State Legislature: Apologize for What?

April 16, 2007 Alabama State Legislature: Apologize for What? by Ted Burnett Considered by historians as the last greatest U.S. President, Abraham Lincoln had the courage—the guts—to carry out what the first 15 Presidents could not or would not do, including Washington and Jefferson. Or as some of Lincoln’s critics might argue, he was simply the consummate politician in picking an issue what would galvanize the Union and its Army against the Confederacy. He signed by executive order the Emancipation Proclamation Act of 1863, thus setting free slaves for the first time in the United States. After the South surrendered and rejoined the Union, did anyone or any government supporting the importation of cheap labor to fuel an agrarian economy across the United States...

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You got to die before you can really live.

April 1, 2007 You got to die before you can really live. By Ted Burnett Several weeks ago over dinner, my mother and I had a heated discussion about her concerns for me since my latest manic episode. In every previous phone call or get together, I could hear the tension in her voice and see strain on her face, which made for an all around uneasiness for both of us. It was an unspoken topic of conversation but plainly bled into every word uttered by either one of us. While voices were elevated I blurted out to her, “I am living on borrowed time.” After all, since being diagnosed manic with psychotic features at age 32, I had been arrested twice and taken to Mobile County Metro Jail and spent another night in Apalachicola, FL. In every detainment, I was...

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