From the Wood Shed by Whitey Harwood: the good, the bad and the ugly – Salisbury Post

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From the Wood Shed by Whitey Harwood: the good, the bad and the ugly

Published at 00:00 on Sunday, August 28, 2022

Reviews are like belly buttons, everyone should have one. Here’s mine on some Salisbury Post articles.

“Two Ways to Learn”, by Roger Hull, gave us a good quote from “The Righteous Mind” by Jonathan Haidt. When I read it, I thought of flag whoppers and balloon droppers. It was a good quote and a good story and it reminded me of this quote from one of my heroes, Bubba. He said, “Sometimes when you think you’re thinking, maybe you’re not thinking.”

“A Better Way”, by Roger Barbee, was a better “good” story. I met Tim in the 80s, but his name was Sam, not Tim. He was a doctor, not a maintenance supervisor. He was the greatest human being I have ever met. Bubba and Dr. Sam were born in 1919, so they were 30 on me before I got here. They had the dots connected.

How ironic that on the same day the two Rogers had good stories on Page 8A, a headline on Page 1A read, “Spencer Considering Adding ‘In God We Trust’ to Government Cars and Buildings.” Richard Lanier said: “It’s absolutely legal, absolutely allowed.” The same goes for releasing balloons, but that’s absolutely wrong.

George Jones sang “A Good Year for Roses,” and I say it was a good day for Rogers. This Spencer story made theirs even better.

I was at the barber shop the other day and this old boy said he heard that Landis was thinking of putting something on their buildings, “In Bezzlers We Cuss.”

The best “good” story was that of Luke Hamaty – “No Flag Needed at Bell Tower Green”. Thank you very much, Luke. I was telling a friend of Harris-Teeter about Luke’s letter. He said: “It was very impressive, but he might want to weigh down his next one. I don’t think many people in Rowan County could understand what he was saying.

Now for the bad. “We”, myself, my brother Jeff and our friend Tony from the South End are going to rally around Ronnie Smith.

“We” don’t need you, or anyone else, to speak on our behalf. “We” all went to South Rowan High School, so “we” are all very capable of speaking for ourselves.

Have you ever heard the old saying “Two wrongs don’t make a right?” How about the new saying “My Bad”? It was for the letter from “Wild Bill” Corriher. Where were you “Wild Bill” when RoCo came out with their silly, “Be an original”? It did not mean “Be an obedient”.

Want a better example to support our country? Go out and pick up other people’s trash and don’t tell anyone.

Now, Ronnie and “Wild Bill”, are you ready for some naughty?

Gather around a record player and dust off your old Johnny Cash records, and play “The Ballad of Ira Hayes.” If that’s not ugly enough for you, gather around a DVD player and watch the PBS special, “The Blindness of Isaac Woodard.” If you still need to rally, rally around these issues.

How many flags will you need to wave to put out the fires in California?

How many flagpoles will you need to erect to stop another house from sliding off a mountain in Eastern Kentucky?

How much, how much, I wonder, but I really don’t want to know. Thanks, Eddy Arnold for that line.

Some people can’t see the trees for the balloons.

Some people can’t see the balloons for the flags.

And some people can’t see anything except what other people tell them to see.

So take a good look at those flags you are so proud of and see that one of them was “Made in China”.

By the way, here’s a new motto for RoCO, “We Tolerate In toxicate”.

No need to thank me. You’re welcome. Keep smiling.

Whitey Harwood lives in Rowan County.

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