Ronald Wilson Reagan Part 73

Picture of Nancy and Ronald Reagan holding each other after horseback riding.
(Picture from the Ronald Reagan Library, courtesy of the National Archives)

Photograph of the Reagans at Camp David. (July 21, 1984)

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

18. 1991 Duke-UNLV
One year after losing to UNLV 103-73 in the championship game, Duke avenges that humiliating by knocking off the undefeated and defending national champion Runnin’ Rebels 79-77 as Christian Lattener hits two free throws with 12.7 seconds left.

Duke would win the national championship two nights later as they defeated Kansas 72-65 to give coach Mike Krzyzewski his first national title after five trips to the Final Four.

My brother in law Robert Parks once met Mike Krzyzewski when Mike spoke at a convention he attended for his business. His son Jeremy Parks went to high school with Elliot Williams at St Georges in Memphis and Elliot played for Coach K at Duke, but later transferred to Memphis and now is in the NBA.

1980 Presidential Debate Carter v Reagan


Governor Reagan, Americans, through conservation, are importing much less oil today than we were even a year ago. And yet, U.S. reliance on Arab oil as a percentage of total imports is much higher today than it was during the 1973 Arab oil embargo. And the substantial loss of Arab oil could plunge the United States into depression.

The question is whether the development of alternative energy sources, in order to reduce this dependence, can be done without damaging the environment, and will it mean for American families steadily higher fuel bills?


I’m not sure that it means steadily higher fuel costs, but I do believe that this Nation has been portrayed for too long a time to the people as being energy-poor when it is energy-rich. The coal that the President mentioned: Yes, we have it, and yet one-eighth of our total coal resources is not being utilized at all right now. The mines are closed down; there are 22,000 miners out of work. Most of this is due to regulations which either interfere with the mining of it or prevent the burning of it. With our modern technology, yes, we can burn our coal within the limits of the Clean Air Act. I think, as technology improves, we’ll be able to do even better with that.

The other thing is that we have only leased out and begun to explore 2 percent of our Outer Continental Shelf for oil, where it is believed by everyone familiar with that fuel and that source of energy that there are vast supplies yet to be found. Our Government has, in the last year or so, taken out of multiple use millions of acres of public lands that once were — well, they were public lands subject to multiple-use exploration for minerals and so forth. It is believed that probably 70 percent of the potential oil in the United States is probably hidden in those lands, and no one is allowed to even go and explore to find out if it is there. This is particularly true of the recent efforts to shut down part of Alaska.

Nuclear power: There were 36 powerplants planned in this country — and let me add the word “safety”; it must be done with the utmost of safety. But 32 of those have given up and cancelled their plans to build, and again, because Government regulations and permits and so forth make it take more than twice as long to build a nuclear plant in the United States as it does to build one in Japan or in Western Europe.

We have the sources here. We are energy-rich, and coal is one of the great potentials were have.

This photo, taken on 11 March, shows waves forming in the sea after the tsunami hit Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant
This photo, taken on 11 March and released on 23 March, shows waves forming in the sea after the tsunami hit Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant


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 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 the Hope Watermelon Festival and buy cold slices of watermelon for all of your friends. (Back in 1977 I drove my grandparents from Memphis, TN to Crosy, TX to spend Thanksgiving with my cousins. My grandfather Everette Hatcher Sr. told me that he read an article in the Wall Street Journal about Hope Arkansas having the largest Watermelons in the world. I continued to drive that same path from 1977 to 1982 for my grandparents and every year we passed through Hope, my grandfather repeated that trivia fact. It is about time I get down there and check out the Watermelon festival. I am probably one of the few Arkansans that has not got around to it.)
2.Eat a watermelon from Hope and Cave City on the same afternoon before beginning a debate on which one is better.

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