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 By Robert Tate    Opinion    April 1, 2020

There is Never a Wrong Time to do the Right Thing

If you have been reading my column long enough, I am sure you already know one thing for sure; I love WWII history. Whether talking to folks at Orange Theory, meeting a new First Officer or basically...

 
 By Robert Tate    Opinion    April 1, 2020

Never Write When You Are Angry

There is an idea out there that when you write a column of any kind, one should not be angry when writing. Although I adhere to this most of the time, I am going to violate this rule. Having already...

 
 By Robert Tate    Opinion    March 1, 2020

Michael Who?

Before I get started, I would like to express my condolences to the Ed Jones family on his passing this past week. I got to meet him when I first started writing for the Gazette and he was always...

 

Wars and Rumors of Wars

In War: Resolution In Defeat: Defiance In Victory: Magnanimity In Peace: Good Will The time is quickly approaching in the war on terror where the stakes will increase exponentially. There are dozens o...

 
 By Robert Tate    Opinion    January 1, 2020

Out of the Mouths of Babes

The other day, I was sitting in a mall food court reading a magazine I just bought while my bride was shopping. I like to sit, read and of course watch the world pass by. I have to admit, I am a...

 

Bits and Pieces #9

After a trying weekend of watching Alabama Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa getting his hip dislocated, I am following up with yet another edition of “Bits and Pieces.” Here we go. 1. MIDWAY: In the...

 

A TRIBUTE TO: NINE-O-NINE

On 2 October of this year, I was in the Orange Theory Fitness facility getting ready to start a noon workout. Sitting there waiting for class to begin, I was reading through some of the current news f...

 
 By Robert Tate    Opinion    October 1, 2019

ONE TRICK PONY

I am sure most of us are familiar with this term. It means that someone has only one thing they are either good at or one issue that they feel strongly about. I don't want to be that person. Many...

 

PRISON VIOLENCE NOT ACCEPTABLE

Since I have been out of flying for a while trying to get this shoulder of mine back into working order so I can climb back into the cockpit, I have thankfully had the opportunity to do a lot of...

 
 By Robert Tate    Opinion    August 1, 2019

The Squad

This is almost too sad to write. By now all of us have read or heard of the exploits of the fearsome-foursome; the freshmen Congresswomen also known as “the Squad.” These four women, Alexandria...

 
 By Robert Tate    Opinion    July 1, 2019

BITS AND PIECES, #8

As I write this Robservation, I am admittedly saddened by what fate possibly awaits me. I am not sure what to do actually since this is quite a new arena for me. You see, the other day I got this...

 
 By Robert Tate    Opinion    June 1, 2019

Don't Hate Me Because I'm Right

Do you guys remember the 1980s-ish, super-sexy Pantene shampoo commercials featuring actress Kelly LeBrock? She stared into the camera, fluffed up her hair and said, “Don’t hate me because I’m...

 
 By Robert Tate    Opinion    May 1, 2019

THE "C" WORD

Easter morning, I woke up to celebrate the most amazing miracle in the history of the universe. The resurrection of my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. We talked about this at length last Friday night o...

 
 By Robert Tate    Opinion    April 1, 2019

ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS ARE JUST THAT: ILLEGAL

Amazingly, I wrote this column for another newspaper back in 2006. Here we are 13 years later and we are still fighting this stupid battle that nobody really seems to want to fix. Since then, we have...

 
 By Robert Tate    Opinion    March 1, 2019

BITS AND PIECES – EVIL ON DISPLAY

It never ceases to amaze me the amount of evil on display here in the good ole’ US of A. Here goes a small sample of what I have seen over the past month. 1. Martha Plimpton: htt...

 

DEFINE YOUR MOMENT

As I sat in my interview some 21 years ago, I watched as two senior Delta Airline Captains leafed through my logbook. Luckily for me, it was something that I had kept up with since my first day in pil...

 

BITS AND PIECES; YET AGAIN

Hey, folks. Here we go again with another edition of "Bits and Pieces." There is so much going on right now that I would like to address just a few of them now and then perhaps expand upon some of...

 
 By Robert Tate    Opinion    October 1, 2018

Tigers & Monkeys & Blue Tick Hounds – Oh My!!

Once again, we find ourselves inundated with progressive, non-sensical idiocy that defies all rational belief. Everyday it seems as though the progressive, oh heck, let's just call them what they...

 
 By Robert Tate    Opinion    October 1, 2018

THE LIE...do you know Elihu YALE?

According to a 19th century legend, the Truth and the Lie met one sunny summer day. The Lie told the Truth, “It surely is a very beautiful day today, is it not?” Truth looked around suspiciously...

 

A SPECIAL KIND OF STUPID

Ah, yes. In the immortal words of Yoda, well not really Yoda but. . . , “The stupid is strong with this one.” And yes, it is on display in full regalia these days. Just a couple of examples for...

 
 By Robert Tate    Opinion    May 1, 2018

Observations The Combat Report

People who know me, know that I consider myself a Luftwaffe WWII historian. I have studied the German Luftwaffe (Air Force) in WWII for almost my entire life and I cannot seem to get away from it. I...

 
 By Robert Tate    Opinion    March 1, 2018

Tragic? Yes. Scary? Yes. The NRA's fault? Get real!

I don’t know about you guys, but I love the Twilight Zone. Twice per year, I eagerly anticipate and when I can, watch as much of the Twilight Zone Marathons the SciFi Channel shows. Hour after...

 

WHO KNEW?

I have to admit that I kind of pride myself on being a fairly up-to-date guy on World War II history when it comes to the air war in Europe. For those of you who may have been reading my column for se...

 
 By Robert Tate    Opinion    January 1, 2018

Winston Churchill: The Historic "Great Man" and the "Darkest Hour"

Earlier this year I did a review of the movie “Dunkirk” and clearly stated that I am in no way a movie critic. But I went to see “Darkest Hour” opening day and felt compelled to write...

 

U-n-g-r-a-t-e-f-u-l

By now, all of us have heard about the three UCLA freshmen basketball players who were caught shoplifting in China a couple of weeks ago. Yeah, that is a pretty bad thing. Stealing is bad enough but...

 

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