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webmaster | 05/15/13

Today, gentle reader, I’m just flying on a whim or whatever travels across the brain synapse into my fingers and onto the keyboard. Bear with this old bear.

A reader recently questioned my patriotism. Why, I can’t really say, but never fear people. In the words of an old desert sage, “A true patriot must be ready to defend his country against his government.” We might also add, against corporate greed, biased cable news networks and a non-people-representing, bickering Congress. That is from a column dated June 28, 2006. Sadly, I guess you could say we’re consistent, or to use the old cliché (forgive me, Tom Elias), some things never change.

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This is not turning into a fun column like I had planned. Actually, the statement above is not exactly true. Things have and are changing. Nineteen shot at Mothers Day Parade in New Orleans. Brother stabs and kills 8-year-old sister. You know what? I could go on, but I won’t.

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It doesn’t seem that long ago that my son, a professional photographer, and yours truly, did a story (with great photos) on the reunion in Fresno of the famous Doolittle Raiders. In 2001 we rode in B-25s around the Valley, and interviewed the dozen remaining brave airmen from that raid over Tokyo...


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