The end of year 2018 marks the end of my column which has now run over 10 years. My health is the major concern now plus I have simply run out of subject matter after about 450 articles.

The end of year 2018 marks the end of my column which has now run over 10 years. My health is the major concern now plus I have simply run out of subject matter after about 450 articles.

I wish to thank the News-Star for giving me this opportunity few are ever given. Tina Bridenstine has been my chief person of contact these past few years, and I am very grateful for her treatment of my column . The Publisher and Editor have permitted it for which I am also very grateful.

I end without regrets or unsaid laments I’ve enjoyed complete freedom in my content which I hope I haven’t taken advantage of. Though often tempted, I’ve tried to leave political and religious sentiments for the pages the News-Star provides for such subjects.

I’ve tried to write on historical subjects having some contemporary relevance as well as being interest to me. I am not a historian and often chose topics that would force me to learn about unfamiliar historical topics I wanted to learn about. Though leaving much historical content on these pages, I took much more with me than I left. At my age, much was simply memory of events that I observed in my lifetime. What I didn’t know I obtained from Google and many award-winning books. I footnoted quotations because it is the practice of academics and permitted readers to purchase m sources if they had an interest beyond the article.

This is a time when the nation is deeply divided on many subjects—a sign of a healthy free country and democracy. Too much opinion today is simply shared ignorance by folks who either don’t read or read and watch only media that shares their myths and biases. If I have done anything through this article I hope it has been to increase respect for history and truth.

It’s been a good run. May the Lord bless and keep you.

— Bob Allison