Ice bucket challenge brings awareness

Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014 — Like many Facebook users, my wall has been inundated with the ALS Association’s Ice Bucket challenge these past couple of weeks.

The purpose of the ice bucket challenge is to raise awareness and funds for the disease. Participants are challenged to donate money to the cause, dump a bucket of ice on their heads, or both. They post a photo or video on social media challenging others to do it.

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Meeting with the new Veteran’s Affairs secretary

Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014 — On Tuesday, Aug. 19, I was invited to meet new Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald at the regional office in Reno. McDonald, a former Procter and Gamble chief executive, Airborne Ranger and 1975 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York, was President Obama’s nomination to replace Eric Shinseki.

McDonald acknowledged VA is currently incompetent but said he plans to change that in the coming months. He said he plans to use $16 billion Congress appropriated to hire more doctors and nurses to care for the increasing number of veterans returning home from war.

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Have a wonderful Labor Day holiday

Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014 — Happy Labor Day. Every year the first Monday of September we celebrate Labor Day — the last big three-day weekend of the summer.

While the holiday may have started more than 100 years ago as a creation of the labor movement and unions to honor the contributions of American workers to the America, it has become the last long weekend for family fun before many schools start, the days get shorter and we all settle in for another fall and the arrival of winter.

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Help is available even when all hope is gone

Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014 — Like most of you readers, I also found myself shocked and stunned by Robin Williams’ apparent suicide last week. My first thoughts were how could a rich, famous and talented person with absolutely everything the world has to offer easily within his grasp make that fateful decision to take his own life? But once the reality of it all sank a little deeper into my brain a few seconds later, I realized the situation can’t be quite that simple. Despite his great wealth, fame and public acclaim, in the end Williams was a human being just like the rest of us, subject to the same human frailties to which we all suffer from time to time. Unfortunately, in his case, the feelings beneath those frailties must have finally overwhelmed him.

I’d be willing to bet if we are really honest about this subject nearly all of us, if not every single one of us, has entertained the idea of ending our life by our own hand at one time or another. I know I have.

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A reminder to use caution when driving around school zones

Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014 — For many local youngsters and teenagers, those long, lazy days of summer have finally come to an end, and it’s time to start lugging those heavy backpacks to class as another school year begins.

During the summer vacation, drivers need not worry about students on their way to or from class, but summer vacation has ended. We encourage drivers to slow down and remember the speed limit in school zones is always 25-miles-per-hour when children are present. Drivers should pay particular attention to student pedestrians on foot or on bicycles or skateboards — especially in the morning when students arrive at school and in the afternoon when they head back home.

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