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Charlie R. Claywell
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Freelance Writer, Ghostwriter and Web Design
Freelance Writer, Ghostwriter and Web Design

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I spoke with a young black man this week who is from New Orleans. Since I was in New Orleans a couple of years ago, our conversation drifted to the various statues and monuments in the region. He said he walked past the statue of Jefferson Davis on his…
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“This post is so gross. Non-violent drug offenses drain tax payer money. These people need treatment not prison.” An English teacher responding to the post. The Gratis Police Department replied, “Who said anything about prison?” When I screen-grabbed the…
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If you enjoy American history, and a well-narrated story, tune into Wild, Wild Country on Netflix. It’s binge worthy. This six-part Netflix original weaves together hours of newsreel beginning in the early 1980s and commencing near the end of the decade.…
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When I see christians embracing the NFL decision to restrict a player’s right to dissent and nullifying a player’s freedom of speech I am reminded of how morally weak too many of them are. It reminds me of the mindset that led to the creation of the…
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Lisa Watson is a modern-day Apostle Paul. ‘Chief of sinners’ Paul was doubly bad — being a Jew persecuting Christians. According to Christian tradition, Paul was travelling to Damascus when a voice from heaven and a bright light interrupted the trip. The…
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“It is dangerous and misguided to fund and operate rural high schools with the primary goal of getting the academically oriented student to college and assuming that the non-college bound will somehow get a job on their own.” — Hollowing Out the Middle:…
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When you’re raised in an Evangelical church and you want to be rebellious — without going wild — and it’s the late 1970s, you buy a LP of Only Visiting This Planet by Larry Norman, or any of his works. As a teen you knew that any Norman album was hands…
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Two of the selling points for living in a small, rural town, is less crime and less drug use. Life is often portrayed, especially in farming communities like mine, as more natural — even holy. But, the myth has been destroyed in recent years as news…
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“Boredom and a sense of uselessness and inadequacy—these are human failings that lead you to just want to withdraw. On heroin, you curl up in a corner and blank out the world. It’s an extremely seductive drug for dead-end towns, because it makes the…
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I’ve been doing a lot of newspaper research recently dealing with the 1960s and 1970s, and as I was skimming through a publication I came across a 1974 Burt Lancaster movie advertisement for Executive Action. The movie is a fictional look at the…
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