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webmaster | 11/08/13

Another Monday holiday. And this time it is well earned by the many veterans who have given their time, sweat, effort and ultimate sacrifice in too many wars.

This thankful and humble scribe had the honor of covering our local veterans on the first Honor Flight from the Central Valley that took off for Washington, D.C. on Oct. 29 with World War II veterans Ted Sanderson, J.B. Overstreet, Phil Benson and Frank Olono. They returned triumphantly to a hero’s welcome on Halloween night having paid their respects to their fallen comrades in visiting the many memorials in our nation’s capitol.

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It is November, and this one is special because of what happened 50 years ago in Dallas. Get ready to drown in Kennedy memorabilia, television shows and documentaries. Kennedy once had an approval rating of 82 percent. Strangely, it came after the failed Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba. However, the American people rallied behind their beloved president at the time. Even Kennedy was surprised and said, “My God, it’s as bad as Eisenhower (the previous president). The worse I do the more popular I get.”

Today, with an approval rating far below Kennedy’s, that is not the case with our current president, or congress with a rating of a measly 10 percent...


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