Mike Cope's blog

Saturday, August 20, 2005

Remembering three days in Guatemala . . . I want to say a few good words about E. coli: when nothing else works, E. coli can cure constipation. The downside is that you think you're going to die. - - - - Congrats to my brother for being named co-President and co-COO of Liberty Group, a company with 270 newspapers and shoppers. He got the business genes from my dad. I do well to balance my checkbook. Did I miss those genes . . . or was there a less businesslike gene in the pool? (I'm not making any accusations here, Mom.) - - - - Since yesterday I've been hearing from fellow Harding alum and parents of Harding students wanting to know WHY Ann Coulter can speak at Harding but Jeff Walling can't. My encouragement is to call Harding and ask. Start perhaps with the president's office. Also, you can ask for a list of the Harding board members and ask them. Do it politely and respectfully (of course). Just express your confusion that Jeff is no longer allowed to speak there (along with lots of others), while Ann Coulter is. Please keep in mind that this isn't a decision of the wonderful faculty and staff. The decision comes from another level.


  • I had to check something out first before I could offer my congrats to your brother, but tell him congratulations!

    You see, my husband is the publisher over a daily and weekly out of Picayune, Mississippi, the Picayune Item and Poplarville Democrat and I had to look at all of Liberty Group's websites to make sure your brother didn't work for the competition!! ha! But, I found no Liberty Group papers in Miss, which is just one of many states with papers owned by the big news group my husband is part of pretty much nationwide.

    And you do yourself a disservice to say you don't have any of the genes for newspaper work. You may not have the business side as much, but you are definitely a very good writer and could, at least, be a sports writer, don't you think?

    I mean, I never knew I had it in me, either, till I first went to work for the Picayune Item years ago, myself, without any job experience, but found out right off I had a talent for it. In fact, the publisher tried to hire me to be the sports editor if I wanted the job (I became the Community Editor), but he asked me if I smoked cigars, which I didn't, although I told him I could try it out if he wanted, so I choose being Community Editor, instead.

    But, it's a great business, as you know, although tons of work, and it's in a huge transitional situation right now as a whole with all of the changes and advances in technology and competition from so many other sources for news. But, there's still nothing like picking up a newspaper to sit and read. (In my opinion, anyway. Of course, I may be a little biased, you understand.)

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8/20/2005 09:18:00 AM  

  • I want to say a few good words about E. coli: when nothing else works, E. coli can cure constipation.

    The downside is that you think you're going to die.

    Sorry, Mike, can't help myself. :o)LOLOLOLOLOL

    As you can imagine after 30 years in Latin America, I've been there, done that. Again, LOLOLOLOL :o)

    By Blogger Kathy, at 8/20/2005 10:36:00 AM  

  • Thought you might like to review the article in the Searcy Daily citizen...


    By Blogger Brian, at 8/20/2005 10:49:00 AM  

  • My latest salvo at Harding, and my last...for a while:


    It is pretty common knowledge that Mike Cope and Max Lucado (along with Rubel Shelley and Rick Atchley, et al) aren't allowed to speak at Harding, at least using their own voices on the Benson (or any other) stage for that matter.

    Yet, the Harding University Bookstore carries "One Holy Hunger" and a number of Lucado titles. They sell "Come Thirsty," I found out, for $22.99, which is about $7.00 higher than Amazon.

    So, they aren't allowed to pollute the innocent minds of the students, unless HU can get a 30% markup?

    By Blogger Greg Kendall-Ball, at 8/20/2005 11:13:00 AM  

  • An article similar to the one in the Searcy Citizen announcing Ann Coulter and the other ASI speakers scheduled at Harding was in yesterday's Arkansas Democrat Gazette, the Little Rock paper.

    So, does this mean Harding thinks asking Ann Coulter to speak is good publicity?

    What is there about Ann Coulter that promotes Harding's mission?

    By Blogger Vkls, at 8/20/2005 11:39:00 AM  

  • My recommendation for Harding is to replace Ann Coulter with Rebecca Hagelin. She is VP of Communications for the Heritage Foundation and the author of Home Invasion (www.homeinvsasion.org). She is a conservative and reflects personal values that are more in line with Harding than Ann Coulter.

    By Blogger David Michael, at 8/20/2005 12:28:00 PM  

  • Mike & Greg
    Thanks for the transparency you have shown in dealing with these issues. Mike, so much of what you deal with is navigating opposition and we are the better for it. Greg, I believe you are a thinker because your world has been diverse and you know that life exists right across the globe and not just in this neck of the woods.

    There is perhaps nothing more scary to me than "Patriotism" that is not heavily tempered with critical thinking and radical kingdom living. Too often our churches and para church organizations and institutions are filled with people who have uneducated worldviews or none at all.
    HU's heavy diet of political conservativism leaves it malnourished to say the least.

    By Blogger Arlene Kasselman, at 8/20/2005 01:04:00 PM  

  • Check the second entry of Friday, Aug. 19, at paxfellaship.blogspot.com for an example of one attorney's letter to the Harding University development office about Ann Coulter's invitation to speak at Harding. I have tried to find a list of the Harding board of trustees online but can't find it. It's a matter of public record, and I may just have to ask for it (which in fact I've just done). But if anyone knows of someplace online where there is a list of the trustee members with contact information, please let us know.

    Let's remember to be respectful to these people who volunteer their time and energy to help guide Harding.

    By Blogger Mike, at 8/20/2005 01:05:00 PM  

  • Where can I find a list of Trustees at ACU?

    Not wanting to be controversial, I just want to see if a friends dad is still on the Board.

    By Blogger Hoots Musings, at 8/20/2005 08:23:00 PM  

  • Hoots -

    Again, I'm not sure where online. But I think you could call either the development office or the president's office. Thanks!

    By Blogger Mike, at 8/21/2005 04:18:00 AM  

  • Thanks Mike,
    It just occurred to me I can ask my daughter. She works for the Dean of Student Life.

    I can be so blonde!

    By Blogger Hoots Musings, at 8/21/2005 11:29:00 AM  

  • Mike, try having an E-Coli attack and riding a "chicken Bus" from Antigua to Guatemala city. I spent 6months in Antigua in the mid 80's in Porjecto Ligusitico Francisco Maroquin. My room and board including meals: $100 per week, I had been spending $100 per hr at ACU. In fact if I ever need long term care I will fly to Antigua Guatemala and live my days out.
    Also in 1986 I drove to Guatemala from Abilene. Adventure--yes, Sold the Toyota Pick up and flew back.
    Me Gusta Mucho Guatemala! A beautiful country who's culture touches a rich past!
    Glad you got to see and enjoy it

    By Blogger Homer, at 8/21/2005 03:36:00 PM  

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