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Walkerville Weekly Reader archives: The Walkerville Weekly Reader went online under innovative editor Carolyn Purcell in 1993. We’ve preserved select articles from the early years, and everything from 2000 on up.

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Monday, July 8, 2024
Carolyn Purcell, Editor

Hark Thrice

The celebrated jumping editorialist of Madison County, Virginia, Hark Thrice has written for the Reader since his death in 1910.

The Reader revisits Reverend King’s Meloncollie Dream
Tuesday, August 28th, 2018: Hark Thrice the Walkerville Weekly Reader’s columnist emeritus, recalls Martin Luther King, Jr.’s most important speech on its 55th anniversary. All animals are created peaceful… but some are more peaceful than others.
German chancellor dies in gun accident
Monday, August 8th, 2016: German men denied asylum in Britain and deported from France, often become victims of gun violence, BBC and Reuters report.
Republican President must keep Roosevelt’s word
Monday, December 7th, 2015: Even if a future conservative president doesn’t believe Americans of Japanese descent are disloyal, says Irwin Stelzer, he should think twice before rescinding President Roosevelt’s Executive Orders. The President’s honor—and the nation’s—is more important than politics.
Nothing to Queer but Queer itself
Monday, November 23rd, 2015: You’re just being paranoid, America. Nobody’s forcing you to take part in gay marriage or forcing your children to approve of transsexuality. Just let them be themselves and they’ll leave you alone.
Why firing bad teachers won’t make room for better ones
Monday, August 25th, 2014: Bad teachers provide an immense service to this country. You don’t see private industry firing bad workers. The best companies are the ones that have the most bad workers.
Republicans ram civil rights past Democrats
Wednesday, May 20th, 2009: Advocates of civil rights are poised to win a Congressional victory that eluded them under a Republican president.
Kennedy using straw-man arguments in speeches
Thursday, March 23rd, 2006: When a politician uses straw-men, he kills some part of the world. Hark Thrice examines the use of straw-men by presidential candidates.
Not at Our Expense
Monday, October 31st, 2005: Hark Thrice’s classic column decrying book reviews in the New York Times.
A New Crime
Friday, July 31st, 1998: On July 1, 1998, Maureen Dowd rhetorically asked her New York Times readers, “How would Hark Thrice skewer Kenneth Starr on Larry King?” The question is an odd one, because Mr. Thrice would never appear on Larry King. He writes for us, and has, ever since his death.
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