On Virtue by Daniel B. Rundquist

SPECIAL TO THE CALDWELL JOURNAL (March 29, 2019) -- It is a grand understatement to say that virtue is a deep and an often-complicated subject. I believe it to be wholly misunderstood and mostly forgotten in America these days. This is…

A Time to be Thankful By Daniel B. Rundquist

SPECIAL TO THE CALDWELL JOURNAL (November 2, 2018) -- “Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should…

The Islands of Men by Daniel B. Rundquist

SPECIAL TO THE CALDWELL JOURNAL (By Daniel B. Rundquist) -- "No man is an island entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main; if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a…

A Nation That Must Be United

SPECIAL TO THE CALDWELL JOURNAL (By Daniel B. Rundquist)…This month we observe our national Independence Day on the fourth of July. It is our 242nd such celebration. I like to believe in a grand, romantic notion that America was founded in…

Who Stole Caldwell County?

GRANITE FALLS, NC (By Dan Rundquist - March 25, 2018)...Someone has committed a grand larceny and it is unlikely that anyone will ever be charged or ultimately brought to justice for it. It is quite obvious who the perpetrators were—we call…

Reforming Reformation by Daniel B. Rundquist

Special to the Caldwell Journal…A lot of folks think that Congress just passed a measure that will bring tax reform. Well that’s a nice thought, but it’s only that. The bill was even widely talked about as “tax reform” but this is not so.…

Take Your Time by Daniel B. Rundquist

SPECIAL TO THE CALDWELL JOURNAL (By Daniel B Rundquist)...I didn’t expect that living in North Carolina in the 1980’s was going to be much different than in my home state of Minnesota, except for the weather. I was a teenager and I was so…

Because We Owe Them by Daniel B. Rundquist

SPECIAL TO THE CALDWELL JOURNAL (November 11, 2017)…It is soon Veteran’s Day according to your calendar. My calendar looks a little different. I show 365 Veteran’s Days on it. That’s because in America every day is in fact, Veteran’s Day.…

A Community Effort by Daniel B. Rundquist

SPECIAL TO THE CALDWELL JOURNAL (October 28, 2017)…By the evening hours of Monday October 23rd, more than 30,000 of us were suddenly without power, dealing with downed trees, wrecked homes and property as a result of the EF-2 tornado that…

Sam’s Addiction

(SPECIAL TO THE CALDWELL JOURNAL by Dan B. Rundquist)…We have a relative named Sam. Sam’s a pretty good guy and most folks like him fine. But how Sam mismanages his finances has us all very worried. Sam has done pretty well for himself and…

We Hold These Truths to Be Self Evident

SPECIAL TO THE CALDWELL JOURNAL (By Daniel B. Rundquist)…It is a fact that today we live in a world littered with all kinds of news stories and what is called, “social media.” Americans are constantly assaulted with forever updating news…

Erasing History

SPECIAL TO THE CALDWELL JOURNAL (By Daniel B. Rundquist)…The recent events in Charlottesville and Boston and elsewhere are examples of how violent “protestors” are when it comes to not getting their way. Upset over the surprise outcome of…

A Father’s Advice

SPECIAL TO THE CALDWELL JOURNAL (By Dan B. Rundquist)…This month I have the new experience of sending my oldest son away to college. With the high school graduations and parties past, it is all but certain that in the long term much of…

The Cross and the Crown

SPECIAL TO THE CALDWELL JOURNAL (By Daniel B. Rundquist)…There continues to be endless debate in America over the notion of “the separation of church and state.” This has probably occurred more so in the twentieth century than at any time…

What America Means By Daniel B. Rundquist

SPECIAL TO THE CALDWELL JOURNAL (By Daniel B. Rundquist)…July is the month that Americans traditionally celebrate the founding of our nation. After the fireworks and parades are gone it is appropriate for the citizens to take some time for…

Decoding Joara

Special to the Caldwell Journal by Daniel B. Rundquist…It never takes long for folks to figure out that I’m a history junkie. People who have spent more than a few minutes with me or have read my work know that no matter what the subject,…

The Truth About Change

Special to the Caldwell Journal (by Daniel B. Rundquist)…In 21st century America, we are constantly being told that we live in a world of change. That we must be all be willing to blindly accept change and adapt to whatever comes, or pay…

The America We Choose to See

Special to the Caldwell Journal (by Daniel B. Rundquist)...As Americans, we value our uniqueness. It is grounded in our right to free expression from our Founding and so is deeply woven into our culture. But not everyone sees America as…

The More Perfect Union…By Daniel B. Rundquist

Special To The Caldwell Journal (By Daniel B. Rundquist - 03/05/2017)…There is that phrase at the very beginning of the U.S. Constitution that nagged at me when I first set out to study this subject many years ago. It was the preamble, “We…