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Confederate War Memorials

Just writing the title of this blog I know some folks will want to label me a racist. I’m not. That’s a ploy done by people of lesser minds so they don’t have to confront logic or facts. […]

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Pardoe’s Perspective: A Nation of Cynics

I have been a cynic most of my life, long before it became trendy. I have always believed it is healthy to challenge the status quo, to question, to display a lack of trust in the government or individuals. I’ve even written books on being cynical at work. […]

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Pardoe’s Perspective: Hunting for history

I have a bit of an unusual hobby (beyond my writing). I hunt Civil War relics. I go out on the weekends and evenings with a metal detector and look for bullets or buttons dropped during the war. With the exception of a fresh construction site, I don’t trespass. I get the permission of the land owner via the mail before I go. […]

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Pardoe’s Perspective: Cold Murder Cases in Virginia: A call for action

As a true crime author I write about cold cases in my books. I spend my time interviewing victims’ families and law enforcement officers who have worked such cases. In the last year and a half I have been writing about a string of serial murders here in Virginia that are unsolved after 30 years. In doing so, I have come to a conclusion – we simply are not doing enough to try and drive these ice-cold cases to prosecution. […]

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Pardoe’s Perspective: What the presidential election is really about

To say I’m enjoying this presidential race would be an understatement. In a political climate where many Americans are shaking their heads in mock disbelief, I’m openly and enthusiastically embracing this chaos. Why? Because this is the most important political decision we have faced in decades. It’s about the American direction of the next four years in a world of chaos and turmoil. More people than ever are engaged in political conversation. People passionately waste many hours on Facebook attempting to ignorantly sway people’s opinions…despite the fact that this has yet to happen. Both candidates have stirred anger, frustration, and passion. The process is exciting, frightening, and invigorating. […]

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Observations on Orlando

I was going to write about my vacation to Orlando with my grandson. We were at Disney at the time of this terrorist attack, blissfully sheltered from the grim reality only a few miles away. […]

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Pardoe’s Perspective: Approaching a moment in history

We have all experienced a moment of history at one point or another in our lives. One such moment is approaching this summer with the coming political conventions, especially the GOPs. We are witnessing the transformation of the Republican Party. The die has been cast, whether you recognize it or not. Change has arrived for the Republicans and little can be done to prevent it. This change is generating a great deal of turmoil and tension in the corridors of power, a sign that it has been a long-time coming and is going to be dramatic. […]