Dr. Bill Atwood

Dr. Bill Atwood

Un-American

After kicking the budget can down the road on a number of occasions the Congress finally decided what to do. The House passed their bill and sent it to the senate. Having discussions, press conferences, more meetings, more discussions, the Democrats, led by minority leader, Charles Schumer, and decided that the Democrats in the Senate would put the welfare of 700,000 DACA kids ahead of every other single American in this country.

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Liberals just don’t get it

“The sky is falling,” cried Chicken Little. We witnessed other Chicken Little’s this past week or so. Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, and Elizabeth Warren were talking about the end of the world as we know it thanks to the new tax cuts.

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Eloquent King

He would have turned 89 this coming Monday. In April it will have been 50 years since he was gunned downed by a coward hiding in the shadows as he walked out of his motel room that morning in Memphis. James Earl Ray killed the man and not his Dream.

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Goodbye Erna

Pfiat di. That is the way they say goodbye in Austria. It was announced this past week that Erna’s Elderberry House and Chateau du Sereau have been sold. At long last Miss Erna will be able to take her well earned retirement and enjoy life without the day-to-day concerns of running a world-class operation.

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Merry Christmas

This coming Monday Christians around the world will be celebrating the birth of one little baby in Bethlehem that occurred 2,000 years ago. That little baby grew into a man who changed the world in more ways than any other human being who ever lived. The greatest kings, presidents, generals, and titans of industry combined haven’t affected us as much as that man. His birth and death are the focal point of the calendars for most around the world as B.C. and A.D.

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Joy of giving

At this time of year I think that most of us spend time remembering events and people whom we have known during our lives. We remember experiences and we look back on our success and also on our failures. The title song from the movie, The Way We Were includes the line, “What’s too painful to remember, we simply choose to forget…” does express a sentiment that many share.

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Never forget

27,759 days. It was Sunday morning and the men of the United States Navy stationed in Hawaii had enjoyed another beautiful Saturday evening with their buddies, shipmates and girls. You’re young, in great shape, been paid, in Hawaii and looking for a great evening. To be sure early Sunday morning many of the guys were experiencing hangovers. Some were in their bunks sleeping in while others were getting ready for duty.

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Scouts and Marines

It seems like only yesterday when I was putting away the boxes and boxes of Christmas decorations which our family and our circle of friends enjoy as we celebrated the holiday season.

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Giving thanks

Happy Thanksgiving. Today we pause to gather together with family and friends to share a meal as we give thanks to God for our many blessings. Ever since the Pilgrims arrived on our shores, the prayerful thanks have been offered. The traditional plays in schools showing the Pilgrims and the Indians gathering for a meal is wishful thinking. Without the assistance of those members of the tribes in the area surrounding Plymouth Rock, the Pilgrims most assuredly would have perished.

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Get shopping

I started to hear the Christmas music three days prior to Halloween. In a few more years I will know it is Labor Day by seeing the Santa decorations in the stores at the end of August. Off the soap box. Now about the “true” 12 days of Christmas which begin at sundown on Dec. 24 and extend to Jan. 5, followed by Night of the Epiphany, Jan. 6. Those 12 days are the days of the Christmas season and the 12 days or 38 days before the holiday are shopping days.

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Semper Fi

Last week while I was at the local True Value store, I noticed the hat worn by a man in front of me that stated he was a veteran of the second World War. I thanked this man for his service and my freedom. He had to be in his late 80s or 90s but his mind and wit were sharp. He shared that he did not have combat experience, that he had been assigned to help protect the Miramar Naval Air Station Tower.

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Halloween spirit

BOO! As this weekend approaches, there will be the usual pre-Halloween parties and then the big day arrives for the kids to enjoy. Where I live, a group of parents organize a cadre of spooks, goblins, witches, cowboys, assorted monsters, and other costumed kids and drive the Tricksters around to the various homes that have called in to tell them we are interested in the festivities. It is wonderful. The kids are organized, well-behaved, polite, and they all arrive at one time. I only have to get up once to answer the door and take care of 75-80 young ones.

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Game of ‘chicken’

It has been 55 years since the world held its breath waiting and praying about what John F. Kennedy and Nikita Khrushchev were going to do. The Cuban Missile Crisis began on Oct. 16, 1962 and it wasn’t until Oct. 28 that we could all relax. During those scary days, the world wondered who would win the showdown between those two very powerful men.

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Overpaid whiners who take a knee are disrespecting America

When you live in a nation with Constitutionally guaranteed rights that include the first amendment, you have to endure words and actions that may cause you concern or sometimes offend. I don’t agree with Bernie Sanders and his ilk, but he sure has a right to speak his beliefs and his followers to show their support. Too many lives were lost in defense of the people’s right to speak their minds.

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Angels in our lives

This past Saturday at the Heritage Days Parade, people were waving at the parade participants as they walked, drove, or rode by. That happens at every parade in the world. What was enjoyable to see and to hear was the reception for the local firefighters.

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It’s our history, so come celebrate at Heritage Days

On Dec. 8, 1980 I moved into this community. Having been offered a teaching position in the Raymond-Knowles School District by then principal Don Bryant, I left my home in Los Angeles. I knew little about here except that I enjoyed vacationing at Bass Lake and Yosemite. I was young and looking to carve out a life in this mountain community.

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