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God bless our troops, bring them home


Fri, Jul 20th, 2007
Posted in Commentary

If the politicians who call for war were the soldiers headed for the trenches, there would be no war.

I'm not really sure where or when I read that thought-provoking statement, but I certainly feel it is quite valid. I hope what I have to say doesn't offend my readers, but I am very much against the war in Iraq. Before the first missiles were launched at Baghdad more than four years ago, I participated in an anti-war march. The sign I carried read, "Diplomacy, not Bloodshed."

If another march was organized, I would march again. The sign I would carry would read, "God bless our troops, bring them home today!"

I think more and more people in this country feel the way I do. They support our troops, but feel the bloodshed, the exorbitant amount of money expended (nearing one trillion dollars), and all the hatred the war has fostered is not only unnecessary, but will be a very black mark on the history of this country.

I received an email from Richard Berman, president of Manhattanville College in Purchase NY., who is the cofounder of the My Soldier Pen Pal program. Berman suggests civilians "can make a difference in the daily lives of veterans and soldiers by participating in the My Soldier program. It offers a variety of ways to show our soldiers we are grateful for what they do to protect our freedom and liberties." The My Soldier office has even put together a list to help you get started.

Top Ten List of ways to show patriotic support:

1. Go to www.mysoldier.com to register for the "My Soldier" program and adopt a deployed soldier who could use a pen-pal friend.

2. Encourage children/students to spend their summer vacation creating this meaningful, even educational, pen pal relationship.

3. Join the My Soldier Pen Pal program as a family. Family writing projects can create a bond for a common cause, which deepens familial ties.

4. Wear a My Soldier bracelet to show your support (mailed to you free via a SASE).

5. Enjoy a parade and support the marchers!

6. Call the My Soldier Office (914) 323-5172 to find out how you can get free My Soldier bracelets in bulk to use as summer picnic or parade giveaways.

7. Submit the name of an active soldier who would like to be adopted through the website link.

8. Adopt a soldier and earn a community service award! Manhattanville My Soldier now offers the opportunity for high school students to be recognized for their service .....
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The nuclear "comb over"

Fri, Jul 20th, 2007
Posted in Commentary

We've all seen them. You try not to look, but it's inevitable with the worst ones. You know what I'm talking about, the "comb over". Yes, we all have seen the individual who either combs the hair from one side of his head over his entire head or eve ..... 
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Lying is lying

Fri, Jul 6th, 2007
Posted in Commentary

June 21, 2007, less than two weeks ago, the Supreme Court of the United States upheld the sentencing of Victor Rita. Mr. Rita is a 25 year veteran of the Marine Corps and served in Vietnam and Gulf I. He has received 35 medals during his service. He ..... 
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The rest of the story Rushford Village council speaks out about police service

Fri, Jun 29th, 2007
Posted in Commentary

There has been a lot of commentary in the local press recently concerning police services for the City of Rushford Village and the City of Rushford canceling the "Agreement of Understanding" to provide certain police services to the Village as a bac ..... 
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"The Graduate" revisited

Fri, Jun 22nd, 2007
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"Benjamin...I just want to say one word to you...just one word...are you listening......switchgrass. There's a great future in switchgrass...think about it. Will you think about it?" Imagine if Mr. McGuire had uttered "switchgrass" into Benjamin Bra ..... 
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We're all mad here

Fri, Jun 22nd, 2007
Posted in Commentary



Alice: But, I don't want to go among mad people.

Cheshire Cat: Oh, you can't help that. We're all mad here. I'm mad. You're mad.

Alice: How do you know I am mad?

Cheshire Cat: You must be. Or you wouldn't have come here. ..... 
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Truth, consequences, and responsibility

Fri, Jun 15th, 2007
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So, Paris Hilton doesn't like being in jail. Who would? She obviously broke the law and was incarcerated. Then, by some strange means she is released. Then, due to a public outcry of preferential treatment, she is sent back to the slammer, s ..... 
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It's not and never will be free

Fri, Jun 1st, 2007
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There are in excess of 47 million uninsured and 12 million under-insured under age 65 in the U. S. One in three non-elderly will go without insurance in the next two years. Half of all bankruptcy is due to medical bills. Most people in bankruptcy ha ..... 
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This was one field trip well worth attending

Fri, May 25th, 2007
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On Tuesday, May 22, 270 fourth graders from seven schools in Houston and Fillmore counties converged on the Mabel Steam Engine Grounds in Mabel for a Farm Safety Day Camp. The seven schools participating in the event included Caledonia, Chatfield, H ..... 
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