Welcome home Vietnam veterans

Tuesday, March 24, 2014 — The Vietnam War fiercely divided America and left many scars, especially on the men and women who answered when their country called. Many of those veterans report they were treated badly by anti-war critics when they returned from Southeast Asia — being spat upon and even being called baby killers. Many still feel forgotten and unappreciated today. Despite their service to their country in a war that became increasingly unpopular as the years of conflict grew, many Vietnam veterans felt slighted upon their return to their homeland.

Certainly we cannot change the events of the past or undo the unfortunate treatment many veterans suffered upon their return, but we can and should make amends today to those brave men and women who fought in Vietnam — those who enlisted and those who were drafted — by celebrating Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day on March 30 each year. That welcome home is long overdue, and it’s been a long time coming.

Both houses of Congress passed resolutions in 2007 proclaiming March 30 — the official date of America’s final withdrawal from Vietnam — as Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day.

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I’m blaming this flashback on Best of Broadway

Tuesday, March 17, 2015 — I guess one can never know how or where or when an event might trigger a forgotten memory from one’s childhood. I had just such an experience when I attended a Best of Broadway show at the Veterans Memorial Hall right here in good old Susanville.

You see, way, way back in the 1950s, my family lived a few blocks from Lake Michigan on W. Grace Street just off Broadway in Chicago — not far from Wrigley Field, although to my regret we never saw a game there.

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Activity trackers make us face the truth

Tuesday, March 17, 2015 — I regularly wear a slender, black rubber bracelet on my left wrist. It’s not one of those silicone bracelets with an awareness saying imprinted on it, the kind that can be purchased in bulk. It contains a computer device that tracks how many steps I take each day and when that activity occurs (certainly not when I am writing at the computer); the distance I cover in a day; and how many calories I burn.

This piece of “jewelry” was under the Christmas tree, a gift from my husband.

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Here is a media conspiracy that’s good for you

Tuesday, March 17, 2015 — Editor’s note: The following editorial was written by Eric Newton, senior adviser to the president of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation in Miami, Florida.

Each spring for 10 years now, a vast media conspiracy has rolled across the hills and plains of this nation. Journalists of every stripe — cartoonists to commentators to hard news reporters — have been in on it. And not just journalists, but politicians, educators and librarians, as well as members of nonprofits and civic groups.

What’s the conspiracy? It’s called Sunshine Week, and it is built around the birthday of James Madison, the father of the Bill of Rights. This year, the week is March 15 through 21.

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Stone and Straw release a fabulous new album

Tuesday, March 3, 2015 — If most people were to run their grubby little paws through my music collection, they’d probably end up wondering who the heck are all these people?

Truth be told, I collect songwriters, the real artists behind the music. Oh, I’ve got some popular stuff, too. Why, I even bought a copy of Taylor Swift’s recent CD “1989” — not because I thought I’d enjoy another edition of her teenybopper country pop, but because frankly the 20-something songstress turned more than a million copies of that CD the week it came out. In fact, it was the best-selling album of the entire year. Very impressive, especially at a time when the public just doesn’t buy that many records anymore.

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