Author name: wpickett41

1913 again?

Earlier this month, I attended a panel discussion at the World War I National Memorial and Museum in Kansas City.  Dr. Matthew Naylor, President of the Museum, made some observations that frightened me.  “There has never been a time since 1913 that is more like 1913 than today.”  In 1913 the world and especially the …

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Expenditure Entitlements and Tax Entitlements

As presidential campaigns begin, it is important to understand the difference between these two and the people who benefit from them. The so-called federal entitlement programs include Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid along with a few others.  These programs totaled $1.9 trillion for 2010 exlcuding Veterans benefits.   Ninety-one percent of these benefits go to …

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Family History

Suggestions for documenting family history based on my recent work on family narratives. Family stories will not outlive family members. I have become newly engaged with my family history.  This fall I began work on a set of family narratives focused on my four grand parent family lines:  Pickett, Muir, Platt, and Campbell.  So far …

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