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As we noted last week, former president Donald Trump is considering running for president again in 2024. If he should win, he would be the second ex-president to return to the White House. The only pe...

 

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As we noted last week, former president Donald Trump is considering running for president again in 2024. If he should win, he would be the second ex-president to return to the White House. The only pe...

 

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Once people have served as the president of the United States, they are faced with the question of what to do with the rest of their lives. Some live for several years after their term ends but...

 

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As a U.S. historian with an interest in politics, I have long studied the careers of American presidents. I have noticed, of course, how much their lives change when they become the person occupying t...

 

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After a rather unsuccessful beginning, Wayne Carson had, by 1971, written several songs that made him well known on both the country and rock music scenes. Then in 1972 he co-wrote “Always on My...

 

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Soon after its release in 1967, “The Letter” and the airplane featured in it roared to No. 1 on the Billboard Magazine rock charts and stayed there for four weeks. Songwriter Wayne Carson, who...

 

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By As we have seen, Wayne Carson’s songwriting career was originally unsuccessful after his move from Colorado to Nashville, Tennessee. Things changed, however, in 1966 when Eddie Arnold recorded...

 

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As we noted last week, Wayne Carson eventually became an extremely successful songwriter after moving from Colorado to Tennessee in 1962. The first four years after his relocation were trying times...

 

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Previously, we looked at a musical group called the Contours who had one big hit in their career: the original version of the Motown song “Do You Love Me?” The story goes that Berry Gordy, the...

 

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As we have seen, the U.S. Constitution gives vice presidents only two functions: to break ties in the U.S. Senate and to carry out the duties of the president if the president is unable to do so....

 

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As we saw last week, the Founding Fathers of the United States created the executive branch of the U.S. government when the Constitution went into effect in 1789. The executive branch was to be...

 

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Most Americans, I believe, know that the United States came into existence when colonists fought against Great Britain and won the American Revolutionary War in the late 18th century. I also think tha...

 
 By Roger Hardaway    Local    August 6, 2021

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Previously, we noted that the United States has been without a vice president for approximately 36 years since the Constitution of the United States went into effect in 1789. As we will see, most of...

 
 By Roger Hardaway    Local    July 30, 2021

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As we saw last week, nine times in U.S. history a vice president has succeeded to the office of president of the United States because the previous holder of that office died or resigned. Five of...

 
 By Roger Hardaway    Local    July 23, 2021

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When the so-called “Founding Fathers” wrote “The Constitution of the United States of America” in 1787, they embodied within it the executive branch of the U.S. government. That branch is...

 
 By Roger Hardaway    Local    July 16, 2021

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This is the story of Roy Worters who was born in Toronto in 1900. Like many Canadian boys, Roy dreamed of becoming a professional hockey player. As a young adult, Roy played for several teams in...

 
 By Roger Hardaway    Local    July 9, 2021

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As we saw last week, Levi Lincoln Sr. had a remarkably successful political career. Although he lost a few elections, his governmental resume was nevertheless impressive. In his native state of...

 
 By Roger Hardaway    Local    July 2, 2021

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Certainly, one of the most well-known American historical figures is Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln served in the Illinois state legislature (1834-1842) and the U.S. House of Representatives (1847-1849) bef...

 
 By Roger Hardaway    Local    June 25, 2021

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While trying to obtain a New Mexico driver’s license, I had run into a problem. I had to figure out how to replace a defective headlight without driving my car. Then the state trooper responsible...

 
 By Roger Hardaway    Local    June 18, 2021

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Getting a New Mexico driver’s license was turning out to be harder than I ever imagined. And it was all my fault for letting my Tennessee license expire. So, now I had to complete a driving exam...

 
 By Roger Hardaway    Local    June 11, 2021

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Once upon a time several years ago I moved from Tennessee to Las Cruces, New Mexico, to go to graduate school. Soon thereafter, I went to the local motor vehicle department office to swap my Tennessee...

 
 By Roger Hardaway    Local    June 4, 2021

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As we saw last week, I found myself – a few years ago – in the Las Cruces office of the New Mexico motor vehicle department trying to obtain a local driver’s license. In the process of moving...

 
 By Roger Hardaway    Local    May 28, 2021

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Several years ago, I moved from my native state of Tennessee to New Mexico to attend graduate school at New Mexico State University (NMSU) in order to follow my dream of becoming a historian...

 
 By Roger Hardaway    Local    May 21, 2021

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Sometimes I drive myself crazy! Sometimes other people do it for me. Recently, I got to thinking once again about a minor episode in my past that I have often thought about over the years. Whenever I...

 
 By Roger Hardaway    Local    May 14, 2021

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On July 19, 1952, the Fitzgerald Pioneers visited the Statesboro Pilots and played a professional baseball game in the Georgia State League. The Pilots won easily. The highlight of the game came in th...

 

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