Duke Southard

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Relections of Trust

Our pastor this morning used the phrase “failure to trust” as a lynchpin in his sermon. I started thinking about how much my trust in so many things has eroded. His reference, of course, was to the trust we have or do not have in God. My thought drifted to another area, primarily my belief that people are telling me the truth. This belief, for sure, has eroded, and I don’t think that erosion is related to my cynicism increasing with age. I think it has to do with the reality that the truth has become a tool to stretch,… Continue reading

Ouch! A Response

“In an open case, such as Stacey Ann Keane Burns, specific investigative steps that have been taken or have not been taken are not open for discussion. That includes who may have been interviewed or have not been interviewed.

The above statement came in an e-mail from a frequent correspondent, one who has worked diligently on keeping this case alive. It apparently is an official response to Wednesday’s post regarding “in good conscience” in which I suggested (dared to suggest) that perhaps a “minimal update on the case” could be supplied to the general public.
I don’t think I… Continue reading

In Good Conscience

“In good conscience” is a wonderful phrase, just recently used by John McCain as he explained his vote against the current health care bill in the U.S. Senate.  It’s like the “do no harm” phrase in the Hippocratic oath.

If a person truly means it, in good conscience tells us that the person has thoroughly explored an issue or an idea and has drawn a conclusion based on that exploration. McCain followed his statement with a whole litany of reasons for his position.

It doesn’t matter where John McCain stands in your political eyes. Would that we would follow… Continue reading

Back to work

After a two week hiatus, I will begin posting regularly on this blog. The last couple of weeks have been fun, spending quality time with our grandkids visiting from Maryland (shown in the photos petting stingrays at the Desert Museum and taking a horseback riding lesson) then traveling back with them and visiting friends in New Hampshire and at the Jersey Shore.

 Watch for a post on Monday which will provide an update on the “progress?” in the Stacey Burns murder case.

Despite the great times on the east coast, it’s always nice to come home.

Thanks to all… Continue reading

Catch up

For this past week and the next, any posts will be sporadic at best. We’ve had our grandchildren, ages 9 & 12, here for this week and then we travel to the east coast with them back to their home in Bel Air, Maryland. What a great visit with young kids! Needless to say, writing and posting have not been high priorities-just keeping up with them is a fun challenge. It is the second year of what we are calling Camp Arizona, with horseback riding, museums, plays, and a lot of just plain being together.

I will… Continue reading

Two wrongs

Do you remember your parents admonishing you for retaliation on a sibling or a classmate who had wronged you in some way? “Two wrongs don’t make a right,” they would say as you wondered why it is always the second person into the fray that takes the blame.

Isn’t it amusing the way people in general but politicians in particular use the poor behavior of others to excuse their own? For example, the abhorrent, amoral sexual behavior of Bill Clinton is used as a reason that is all right for more than one contemporary… Continue reading

Twenty-five Years-A Tribute

Twenty-five years today, we lost a son, a brother, and a steadfast, unique individual  to all who knew him. His death turned the week from heaven into the week from hell.

Those years have passed by, as years seem to do, in the proverbial blink of an eye. Thank God that we have twenty-nine years of memories to draw upon before that awful day when Gary left us.

We all miss you dearly. I think all the time of what might have been in your life, in your career, in your marriage . . .

You were a good… Continue reading

Admissable versus inadmissable

Regarding my last post, if something is lacking, such as admissible evidence, does that mean that there might be inadmissible evidence?

Just wondering . . .what if there is evidence that because of some legal issue is not admissible in a court?

We’ve all heard of it. It could be either illegally obtained or collected or might have been mishandled.

The question- is there some inadmissible evidence out there that we should know about?

Just wondering . . .

Duke

Contact Information

I regularly receive responses to blog posts, both my own and others.

For the record, if you name  a person as the killer of Stacey Burns, I will contact you to see if you truly want me to publish that post so that the general public may see it.  However, in several cases recently, I’ve sent e-mails to those who posted responses to see if they wanted those responses made public and the emails have been returned to me.

Please, if you have submitted an post on my blog and have not seen it yet, it… Continue reading

Walking Back on Walking Back

Someone very close to me pointed out that I admitted to fibbing to my friends when I was young in the last post. That is very true, but most of us came to the conclusion that lying is not good, whether that realization came at age five, thirteen, or twenty or whatever.  However, we all know some people who never did come to that conclusion.

These are the folks for whom “walking back” becomes a way of life.

Someone once observed, humorously, that he couldn’t be a liar because he didn’t have a good enough memory to remember… Continue reading

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