Christmas Memories

By John J. Duncan Jr. We are blessed beyond our comprehension to live in this country, and we should be especially thankful at Thanksgiving and Christmas. I read not long ago that almost half the people in this world have to get by on $4.00 or less a day and that about three-fourths have to […]

My jobs through the years

  By John J. Duncan Jr. My brother and sisters and I were very fortunate to have parents who put great pressure on us in a kind, loving, but strict, way to do well in school. Good schools are very important, but I think it is also true that most people learn just as much […]

Our children are at risk

By John J. Duncan Jr. One of my sons-in-law, Jason Brown, recently sent me two articles about the dismal results of online education. The reports were from two school systems very far apart but strikingly similar in their findings. Dr. Joe Gothard, superintendent of schools in St. Paul, reported that nearly 40% of St. Paul […]

Land Management for the Future

By John J. Duncan Jr. It was very sad to see the news reports on the loss of lives and the homes and even entire small towns that were burned in the recent fires in California, Oregon and Washington State. What made it even sadder is that much of this loss could have been prevented […]

The Study for Knowledge Never Ends

By John J. Duncan Jr. Many years ago, when my son John was in the fourth grade at Sunnyview Elementary School in East Knox county, I had lunch with him and some of his fellow students and was then supposed to speak to his class. At lunch, I got two of his friends to agree […]

Trump Defeated by the National Media and Fraud

By John J. Duncan Jr. Donald Trump lost the presidential election because of the extreme bias of the national news media. This bias was the main cause of the extreme hatred that millions developed for the president.  The hatred was so strong that one analyst said that most who voted for Joe Biden would have […]

Loyalty to My Party

By John J. Duncan Jr. The day before the second presidential debate – the one in Nashville – I got a call from the White House.  The caller said his name was Brian Jack and that he was the political director at the White House. He said, “Of all the former members of Congress, the […]

Raising a Generation of Idiots

By John J. Duncan Jr. Bob Harvis and I were in the same grades all the way through Chilhowee, Holston, and UT and we both grew up in Eastminster Presbyterian Church. He has lived in the Atlanta area for most of his life and sends me text messages several times a day with quotes, columns […]

A Gift to the Left?

By John J. Duncan Jr. I saw Jane Fonda on television saying “COVID was a gift to the Left.” Coronavirus should never have been used in a political, partisan way, but it certainly has been. The Democrats tried for about three years to bring Donald Trump down with the hoax of Russian interference in the […]

Don’t let hate win

By John J Duncan Jr. As almost all readers of The Focus know, I grew up in a political family. I went to the Knoxville airport for a rally for the Nixon-Lodge ticket a week before the 1960 Presidential election and followed that campaign closely. In 1963, when I was 16, I worked in my […]