Ronald Wilson Reagan Part 70

My sons Wilson (on right) and Hunter  went to California and visited Yosemite National Park with our friend Sherwood Haisty Jr. (Sherwood on left) March 21-27. Here they are standing in front of the tallest waterfall in North America

I am posting a great March Madness Moment from the article by A. J. Foss called Ultimate March Madness: The 20 Greatest Moments in NCAA Tournament History

16. 1973 UCLA-Memphis
One year earlier, UCLA center Bill Walton gives a near-perfect performance as he hits on 21 of 22 shots for a championship game record 44 points to give the Bruins their seventh straight national championship with a 87-66 victory over the Memphis Tigers.

It is fitting that it is time to post this today because we are also remembering the great life of Larry Finch who died yesterday at age 60 after a long and hard illness. I had the opportunity to attend the 1972 summer Memphis State Basketball Camp and Larry was one of the helpers at the camp. I will never forget his lessons on free throw shooting. It helped me out tremendously.

I later got to visit with him in 1988 when I saw him at a high school game in Chattanooga. He was always a gentleman and very personable. I got to attend the Memphis v UT Chattanooga game in 1995 or so (in Chattanooga) and I got to visit with him after the game too. That was the last time I saw him in person. You can read about his life in today’s Commercial Appeal.

Picture of Nancy and Ronald Reagan sitting together on the White House grounds for an official portrait.
(Picture from the Ronald Reagan Library)

Official portrait of the Nancy and Ronald Reagan on the White House grounds. (November 16, 1988)

MR. SMITH

Governor Reagan.

GOVERNOR REAGAN

That is a misstatement, of course, of my position. I just happen to believe that free enterprise can do a better job of producing the things that people need than Government can. The Department of Energy has a multibillion-dollar budget, in excess of $10 billion. It hasn’t produced a quart of oil or a lump of coal or anything else in the line of energy.

And for Mr. Carter to suggest that I want to do away with the safety laws and with the laws that pertain to clean water and clean air, and so forth — as Governor of California, I took charge of passing the strictest air pollution laws in the United States — the strictest air quality law that has ever been adopted in the United States. And we created an OSHA, an occupational safety and health agency, for the protection of employees before the Federal Government had one in place. And to this day, not one of its decisions or rulings has ever been challenged.

So, I think some of those charges are missing the point. I am suggesting that there are literally thousands of unnecessary regulations that invade every facet of business, and indeed, very much of our personal lives, that are unnecessary; that Government can do without; that have added $130 billion to the cost of production in this country; and that are contributing their part to inflation. And I would like to see us a little more free, as we once were.

MR. SMITH

Volunteers are reflected in a glass door as they work to distribute used clothings for evacuees as a man wearing a mask walks in front of a room at an evacuation center in coastal city of Rikuzentakata, Iwate prefecture, northeastern Japan, 19 March 2011. The number of estimated dead and missing person kept rising on 19 March, adding another fear to evacuees who have already been spending their days in dire conditions as they hopelessly wait for a good news on their loved ones whereabouts since a 9.0-magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami hit Japan on 11 March 2011.  EPA/DAI KUROKAWA
Volunteers are reflected in a glass door as they work to distribute used clothings for evacuees as a man wearing a mask walks in front of a room at an evacuation center in coastal city of Rikuzentakata, Iwate prefecture, northeastern Japan, 19 March 2011. The number of estimated dead and missing person kept rising on 19 March, adding another fear to evacuees who have already been spending their days in dire conditions as they hopelessly wait for a good news on their loved ones whereabouts since a 9.0-magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami hit Japan on 11 March 2011. EPA/DAI KUROKAWA

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Free-lance columnist Rex Nelson is the president of Arkansas’ Independent Colleges and Universities. He’s also the author of the Southern Fried blog at rexnelsonsouthernfried. com.

Rex Nelson wrote in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette on April 2, 2011 a great article called “Arkansas Bucket List.” The readers of his blog http://www.rexnelsonsouthernfried.com came up with a list of things you must do at least once in your life to be considered a well-rounded Arkansan. Nelson asked others to add their suggestions at his website. I am going through the list slowly.

1. Attend a Battle of the Ravine one fall Saturday afternoon between Ouachita and Henderson in Arkadelphia. (I have not done this but I really want to. I have attended a game at OBU’s stadium. It was in 2003 and it was a practice game between the senior high Bryant Hornet football team and the Eldorado Wildcats. My son Hunter was a 10th grader and he got his first playing time at the senior high level that day. There was a beautiful sunset that August day and the campus was very beautiful.)
2.Eat barbecue at Craig’s in De-Valls Bluff and then walk across U.S. Highway 70 to buy a whole pie at the Family Pie Shop. (I have eaten at Craig’s and I was told to go across the street and get some pie from my friend Sherwood Haisty Jr. who nows lives in California and was very jealous of my opportunity to go to Craig’s. He says they just don’t have good Barbeque in California.)

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