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About Ronald E. Yates

Author,  former  foreign correspondent for the Chicago Tribune, and Dean & Professor Emeritus of the College of Media at the University of Illinois, his acclaimed works are now available through this site.

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How Political Correctness & Cancel Culture are Destroying America (Part 1)

A long time ago, a Pulitzer Prize-winning Kansas editor named William Allen White wrote an editorial in the Emporia Gazette entitled “What’s the Matter with Kansas?” In it, he railed against obtuse populist politicians and visionless citizens who he was convinced were running Kansas (my home state) into the ground. …

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A Personal Memory of Olivia Newton-John

When I learned that Olivia Newton-John had passed away at 73 Monday after a 30-year battle with breast cancer, my mind returned to January 29, 1990, when I had the privilege of meeting the renowned singer and spending a little time with her. Olivia Newton-John was in Tokyo for a …

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Writer’s Block: Some Advice & Remedies

Anybody who writes, whether amateur or professional, at one time or another, will suffer from the dreaded condition known as WRITER’S BLOCK. It is an unavoidable component of the writing life. Many writers have devised distinctive remedies for this constipation of the brain. They range from running as far away …

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So You Want to Travel Back in Time?

This is a post I shared a couple of years ago. It deals with how much different life was in the distant and not-so-distant past–something of which anybody who writes historical fiction constantly needs to be aware. Enjoy! When I taught journalism and writing classes at the University of Illinois, …

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James Stewart: A Hollywood Legend Leads a Combat Mission over Vietnam

I am reposting a piece I received recently from This Day in Aviation. (https://www.thisdayinaviation.com/). It tells of Hollywood Legend Jimmy Stewart’s last combat mission — leading a flight of B-52’s out of Guam and over Vietnam back in 1966. I bet many people have no idea of this man’s incredible …

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“Why We are Against Transgenderism:” The National Association of Scholars

I have often addressed the insanity of transgenderism and its impact on millennia of settled science, human biology, and women’s athletics. Now, the National Association of Scholars, an organization I belong to as a former professor (now emeritus), has boldly issued a statement and rationale against the cult of transgenderism …

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Flash! China is NOT our Friend or Ally

I have said it often in my posts, and I will say it again. China is not our friend. Far from it. In fact, China is our number one enemy, and the American people in general and our political leaders, in particular, had better wake up sooner than later to …

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Happening Now: The Marxist Conspiracy to Transform America

In 1958 a former FBI agent and author named W. Cleon Skousen published a book entitled “The Naked Communist,” which examined the goals of Communism in the United States. In his book, Skousen revealed the strategies the Communist Party in America was using to destroy American society and its constitutional …

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A Simple Man in a Woke Country

When I look at our country today, I see a nation where everything seems upside down, irrational, and, frankly, dangerous. It’s a woke country where men are women, and women are men; where you lose your job if you use the wrong pronoun; where we have a demented president, an …

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Saturday Funnies for Your Enjoyment and Edification. Enjoy! 

Saturday Funnies for Your Enjoyment and Edification. Enjoy!                      [If you enjoyed this post, please consider subscribing to ForeignCorrespondent and tell your friends to subscribe. IT’S FREE! WHAT A DEAL! If you’ve received this from a friend and would like to be added to our …

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Political Smears in 2022 are Tame Compared with the Past

As the 2022 midterm elections draw ever nearer, the slurs and mud-slinging are picking up. Liberals are calling conservatives domestic terrorists and white supremacists. Conservatives are calling liberals leftist lunatics and depraved communists. Pretty nasty stuff, right? Not really, not when you look at the kind of mudslinging gutter politics …

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White Guilt and those Dreadful (Gasp!) White Men

Given the mood of our country today, I am resurrecting one of my commentaries I posted a while back about white guilt and those terrible creatures known as “white men.” (Spoiler alert: I am one. Gasp!) White men, after all, are the ones that committed the unpardonable sin of writing …

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