Dr. Bill Atwood

Dr. Bill Atwood

A patriotic weekend

This coming Monday the nation will take time to honor two wonderful groups of heroes. On Memorial Day we honor from dawn until noon the War Dead. More than 1,050,000 men and women have lost their lives on the field of battle to defend this nation and our freedoms. At noon we hoist the flag from the half staff position to the top of the pole to honor the War Injured. They are the ones who came home blind, deaf, lame, in wheelchairs, brain damaged, suffering from PTSD, burned, and other maladies that we can’t imagine. In November we will honor all the Veterans but this Monday we honor those who made a greater sacrifice.

Dr. Bill Atwood

A tough week

The past few days have been quite interesting if you happen to be a news junkie such as I am. President Trump fired the director of the FBI unifying many on opposite sides of the aisle in their comments. Donald Trump finds that he and Rosie O’Donnell agree on that issue and many conservatives who were mad at James Comey over not charging Hillary for her crimes are happy he is gone.

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Happy Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day to all. Yes, even the guys are wished a happy Mother’s Day if you follow the original intent of Anna Mae Jarvis, who conjured up the idea of celebrating the gift that mothers are in our lives with a special day. Miss Jarvis, who wasn’t a mother, wanted to pay honor to her mother and that was her idea. When she wished people a, “Happy Mother’s Day,” she was honoring that person’s mother and not the person to whom she offered the greeting.

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Rule of Law

Last week I had the opportunity to join with several hundred students and a couple of dozen federal and state jurists in the celebration of Law Day in Yosemite National Park under the leadership of the Federal District Court Magistrate, Michael Seng, who has a great team that provides a superb program for students.

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A little safer

Donald Trump seems to be a combination of a Timex watch and the Energizer Bunny. He just keeps on ticking people off and he just keeps going and going and going. The bombing raid in Syria confounded everyone. Many of his supporters were in shock because he had stated President Obama was wrong to be involved there and that he felt we should stay out of that Civil War.

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He is risen

Happy Easter - When many of us walk into our various churches on Sunday, we will greet one another with the statement, “He is risen.” The response back will be, “He is risen indeed.” This exchange has been going on for centuries and it is the statement that embodies why people are Christians. The tomb in which Jesus was buried was empty on the third day.

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Muddied waters

Does anyone anywhere have a clue what is happening in Washington D.C. with regard to who is spying on whom? Hollywood would have a difficult time selling this plot and the cast of characters in a movie. The viewers would find themselves so very confused with the plot and the lies and the “He said, no; he said, nope; I said, then again I said that he said that they said that he told them…”

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Leave us alone

Really? After being stuck with the socialist medical insurance now known as Obamacare for seven years since it was passed by the Democrats, and signed by the community organizer, the Republicans had a chance to spare us all from more governmental control of our lives. They dropped the ball to be sure.

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A robed wonder

Last week a federal judge in Hawaii staged a coup against the rule of law in this great nation. That doofus ruled against the temporary ban on refugees from nations that had been identified by Barack Obama.

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Only in America

We have been dealing with the issue of immigration for many decades in our history. In fact, it has been a subject for centuries, and as immigrants have come to our shores there have been benefits and costs related to the people that came here looking for something better than they left.

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Time to grow up

Years ago I had a caring parent bring her young son into my office to discuss how he was behaving at home and at school. As his principal at Mariposa Middle School I had never had a negative encounter with the young lad but his mother was very concerned.

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It’s cookie time

Last November I reminded all my readers that the Boy Scouts in North Fork would be selling trees for the Christmas season. The tree sale was a success and there will be many happy scouts visiting Scout Camp this summer because we responded.

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Presidential review

This Monday we celebrate President’s Day. There have been great presidents and there have been some bums to be sure. Let’s pause for a few minutes and reflect on the job of being the President of the United States and the men who have occupied that office.

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Keeping it in perspective

During my lifetime I have been in situations where ideas were presented and either my folks, my employers, or the members of the organization with which I was associated wanted to study a proposal or implement it with the plan to review it in three to six months. Many times when my brother or I came up with a request to do something our folks would simply delay the decision for a few days whilst they “thought about it.”

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Scouting provides many lifelong lessons

Back in 1909 an American publisher, W.D. Boyce, was visiting London and found himself lost in the foggy night. As he stood there befuddled a young man approached and asked if Boyce needed some assistance. Boyce stated his problem and the young man escorted Boyce to his destination.

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Women’s March

I saw a group of protestors Saturday morning in Oakhurst. It was a good sized crowd and it looked like a fairly mixed grouping of men and women. They were participating in a First Amendment right; the right of the people to peaceably assemble. They were holding up signs and as I sat waiting for the signal to change from red to green, I glanced over and noticed their concerns for abortion rights, racism, gay marriage, immigration. I am not sure of some of the others because the signs were a little small.

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Bye Bye, Barry

Tomorrow, Jan. 20, the peaceful transfer of power will take place on the steps of the capitol at noon. Donald Trump assumes the office of President of the United States and Barack Obama assumes the role of private citizen.

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Moving onward

My mother’s favorite hymn was Onward Christian Soldiers and we sang it at her funeral here in our little mountain Christ Church - Anglican. It had very special meaning for her and now it always reminds me of her.

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