Ray V. Hartwell, III

Ray V. Hartwell, III was a Washington lawyer and a senior fellow at the Alabama Policy Institute. He died on February 7, 2014, in Anniston, Alabama.

A Christmas Eve Message to the Troops

 

It is not often noted and perhaps little remembered these days, but seven decades ago this month the battles around the small Italian village of San Pietro decimated the olive groves and many of the American men advancing on well-fortified German positions. My father was commander of Company H of the 143rd Infantry Regiment, 36th […]

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Rules of Engagement Here and There

 

Historically, the rules by which our various armed forces play have differed depending on their location and the nature of their adversaries. Thus we find it appropriate to distinguish between the approach taken with foreign enemy combatants engaged by our troops on the battlefield, on the one hand, and the reaction of armed security personnel […]

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Our Children at Risk in Alabama!

 

Still new to the Deep South, on Sunday afternoon we attended a holiday cultural performance held in our Alabama hometown’s splendid high school auditorium. The elaborately decorated stage was resplendent with professional performers who were joined by local school children. The latter had plainly taken their rehearsals seriously and were visibly thrilled to be participating. […]

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The ‘Benefits’ of Greater Dependency

 

The Wall Street Journal carried a report this past weekend on the continuing partisan confrontation over a new farm bill. Democrats are already accusing Republicans of “politicizing what had traditionally been a bipartisan bill” by demanding that Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program — or “food stamp” — expenditures be scaled back. For their part, Republicans can […]

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Persecuting Our Heroes

 

Honor and Betrayal: The Untold Story of the Navy SEALs Who Captured the “Butcher of Fallujah” – and the Shameful Ordeal They Later EnduredBy Patrick Robinson, with Matthew McCabe and Jonathan KeefeDe Capo Press, 356 pages, $26.99 On Veterans Day in 2010, I published an article in the Richmond Times-Dispatch about three heroic Navy SEALs […]

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Not Interested in ‘Immigration Reform’

 

In “Still A Great Place to Visit,” I observed that this year’s resurgence in Greece’s tourism business is “a silver lining in an ominous cloud of unrest and violence” across the Middle East. Unfortunately and unsurprisingly, the warmly welcomed tourists we saw in museums, at tavernas, and on the beaches are not the only visitors […]

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Still a Great Place to Visit

 

My wife and I spent the month of September in Greece. As always, there was no shortage of pleasant pursuits, from revisiting back issues of The American Spectator we took along, to sampling the seafood at the waterfront tavernas and drinking red wine produced from our neighbor’s vines fewer than fifty meters away. We had […]

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Still a Great Place to Visit

 

My wife and I spent the month of September in Greece. As always, there was no shortage of pleasant pursuits, from revisiting back issues of The American Spectator we took along, to sampling the seafood at the waterfront tavernas and drinking red wine produced from our neighbor’s vines fewer than fifty meters away. We had […]

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Shutdown Artists

 

Press and pundits on the left and right seem in agreement that our government’s ongoing “partial shutdown” highlights the extensive federal presence in our everyday lives. Unsurprisingly, the current predicament provides yet another illustration of this administration’s disturbing view that its powers are boundless. In this instance, our president claims unlimited “shutdown authority” over any […]

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Joe Wilson Was So Right

 

All across the country, people are gearing up for festivities that will mark the first annual “Joe Wilson Day.” Please let me be clear, this is not a day aimed at honoring the ambitious Joe Wilson who at last report was married to the glamorous Valerie Plame. No, here we are talking about the genuinely […]

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