Obituaries for March 20

The Rev. John W. Beardsley, 91, of Hilo died Feb. 6 at the Hale Anuenue Restorative Care Center. Born in Choteau, Mont., he was a retired pastor for the former Trinity Community Assembly of God and Pepeekeo Assembly of God, secretary for the Hawaii Assemblies of God District and a graduate of Laupahoehoe High School and Northwest Bible School. Visitation 1-2 p.m. Saturday (March 26) at The House Hilo, 2282 Kanoelehua Ave. Celebration of life at 2 p.m. Casual attire. Survived by wife, Betty Beardsley; children, Keith (Joanie) Beardsley, Janice (Terry) Neumann and Lisa (John) Tipsword; brothers, Frances (Karla) Beardsley and Raymond (Glenda) Beardsley; 10 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

US lawmakers visit Poland, urge help for Ukraine military

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A bipartisan delegation of U.S. lawmakers visiting Poland said Saturday that the most urgent need in Ukraine’s fight against a Russian invasion is to equip and support the country in every way that will help it defend its independence.

Not all propaganda aims to persuade

When Russian President Vladimir Putin says he’s denazifying Ukraine, he no doubt expects some people, in Russia and abroad, to believe him. Many in the West and on the international stage have expressed bewilderment at these claims. But this does not mean his propaganda strategy is failing. He is engaging in “hard propaganda,” which is meant to convey the speaker’s power — not persuade.

Embracing an institutional inspection

When I was in college and my parents were going to come to visit, I always embarked on a frenzy of housecleaning. My friends and I would laugh about how getting the apartment or house “mom and dad clean” was a little more challenging than just tidying up. Not that our parents would go around with a white glove looking for dust above the door frames or anything like that, thank goodness, but we always envisioned our parents’ homes being much cleaner than our own. We would do the dishes, put away the laundry, dust and vacuum. I’ll admit we usually did not go so far as to scrub the floors, but we would tackle the bathroom! Would they have loved us less if the apartment was a mess? No, but we wanted to demonstrate that we were responsible adults; we wanted their approval.