Jay Greeson

Maybe we just need to start finding elected officials in Virginia who do not have a black-face incident in their past.

OK, two of the top three elected officials in the state's executive branch have admitted to being photographed during their school days in blackface.

These days, that kind of behavior is regarded as offensive and is universally condemned.

But if we are going to go back in time and recalibrate how many of us acted in the 1980s with a 20/20 lens of our almost 2020 politically correct sensibilities, well, good luck.

In the 1980s we had movies about white people pretending to be black to get into an Ivy League school ("Soul Man"), well-known Democrat actors showing up in blackface for parties (Ted Danson), and a semi-regular spoof of Negro League baseball players featuring very white Billy Crystal on "Saturday Night Live."

But the sins of frat boys and sorority girls of 35-plus years ago now are a huge deal?


Razor's edge

Get you some, Soddy- Daisy.

OK, Celestial Chaise Harris was arrested at Soddy Daisy Middle School on Wednesday.

She was at the school to pick up her daughter, who during a class change went into the girls bathroom and starting scrapping with another student.

Ms. Harris got neck deep in it and was later arrested for obvious reasons.

And know this: When we are puzzled why kids can't behave in school, well, we need to remember that parents apparently can't behave in these schools either.

Maybe Ms. Harris should watch the Gillette commercial for better social understanding.


Obit Observation

Johnny Arledge was less than a month from his 92nd birthday when he died Sunday.

He was buried with military honors. He spent much of World War II serving in the Navy in the Pacific.

He was married for seven decades — yes, seven — and had a best friend who lived to be older than 100.

But the glorious takeaway from his obit observation was the love letter that was the final tribute from his daughter.

And as someone who has buried a great dad recently, there is no true treasure like a treasured father.


Saturday stars

To our Tennessee legislators, including Rep. Ron Travis, R-Dayton, who are trying to make legalized medicinal marijuana a reality.

For too long, too many who could have their suffering eased and their pain relieved by the benefits of cannabis have been denied.

The sooner Tennessee gets on board, the better.

Well done, folks.

Until next time.

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