David A. Smith is a senior lecturer in American history at Baylor University, specializing in cultural and military history. His latest book is The Price of Valor: The Life of Audie Murphy, America’s Most Decorated Hero of World War II, published by Regnery books. In addition to a weekly column on art, culture and history for the Waco Tribune-Herald, his journalism has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the Weekly Standard, Foxnews.com, Townhall.com, the Dallas Morning News, the Houston Chronicle, the Naval War College Review, and many other outlets. He is also the author of Money for Art: The Tangled Web of Art and Politics in American Democracy. He is a frequent guest on radio shows and lecturer to arts and civic organizations.
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I’m sorry that this is your last scheduled column in the Waco Trib. You showed a needed light on the arts in our area, an area which sadly thinks the Silos and its contents are high culture. Thank you for expanding the definition and consideration of the arts. You have planted the seeds; hopefully, they will grow and bear fruit.
Thank you so much for your generous assessment of my column and for taking the time to read it. I agree that while the Silos may be a great business, it doesn’t amount to culture, which in Waco needs constant tending and encouragement. Even though my column won’t be in the newspaper very often now, it will still be here with regularity, so be sure to watch for it. (I may even keep the Thursday publication date!)