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Vol. 10, No. 12 – March 15 – March 28, 2017 – Mailbox

Dear Sheldon,

I would like to first say that the City of Ventura has done a fantastic job of trimming up the landscape along Seaward Ave. west of Ocean, near the train bridge. It is so much better to look at and for the pedestrians…now there is more available sidewalk.

It’s just wonderful, until you get to the chain-link fence section on the westbound side. It is a real mess full of palm branches and dead limbs, etc.. Who is responsible for upkeep of that area ? The landscaping appears to have all been planted at the same time along the street.


Christi Cunningham in Ventura

Hi Breeze:

Please make sure that if you covered the Trump Support/Anti-Trump Protest today (we didn’t), you state in your article that the Pro Trump contingent were from out of the area; specifically from L.A. and Orange County. The anti-Trump contingent, of which I was one, were made up of Venturans.

As an participant/observer of the protest, I thought you’d like to write up my observations or quote them.  In most cases the people there were polite and willing to just make their stance known. However, you had about 6 male ProTrump supporters who mingled with the anti-Trump contingent trying to get them to talk with them just so they could talk over their opinions. Listening was not their strong point. There were a couple of anti-Trump supporters that became belligerent in response. But most of the observed push came from the Pro Trump group from L.A. or Orange County. It was also obvious that those Pro Trump supporters intermingling had media equipment so they could then post their admittedly, one sided views on the web or twitter. Most of these were young college age students enjoying their use of media.

One other oddity that struck me, as cars drove by, I found that the Trump supporters often honked their horns in support. While the anti-Trump supporters just gave a thumbs up. Interesting.

Thanks for your time,

Joanne Fields, Venturan


I see that somebody’s proposing a new law allowing cyclists to roll through stop signs, saying that fewer cyclists will get killed if they don’t have to spend as much time on the road. Sorry, but I can’t see how rolling thought stop signs ever kept anybody from getting killed. I think you’ll have the opposite results more often than not. It’s like allowing them to take the entire lane in traffic. You don’t even have to swerve to take out several of them, they’re right there in front of you.

I really see these laws as an attack on sportsmanship, making it far too easy to run over them. The next thing you know they’ll be requiring those spandex cycling outfits they like to wear to have a target on the back.

But then the current administration is trying their damnedest to defund Planned Parenthood, so maybe this is somebody’s idea of population control.

Truly we live in interesting times.

Alfred J. Lewis



I just have to say that we love the way the Breeze is going. You have created a wonderful bi-weekly local newspaper and we hope it becomes essential reading for all of Ventura!

Shane from Ojai Concert Series

If people knew how hard I worked to get my mastery, it wouldn’t seem so wonderful after all.
~ Michelangelo

Vol. 10, No. 11 – March 1 – March 14, 2017 – Mailbox

Dear Sheldon

There is so much in your Opinion piece that I hardly know where to start. I guess your equivalency between your middle school wandering, off the path, toward stupid that was never perpetrated and only involved two teachers in a simple context of “exercising boredom” and the perpetration by two equally stupid youngsters that “exercised racism” in the context of Black Lives Matter and an alarming hate movement nationwide is most disturbing.

I certainly am not asking that these kids be prosecuted for a hate crime and, to my knowledge, they have not. But in this staid and peaceful community, largely white I might add, most of us are shocked and more than annoyed by the images celebrating the lynching of several African American men.

My granddaughters attend Buena and although they didn’t know the boys they were tearful when they saw the images and discussed it with friends.  Apropos of the hurt that can be inflicted, my one Hispanic granddaughter is the VP of the Black Student Union and she felt a wave of nausea about the whole thing.

The comment regarding the “maturating brain” seems, in your context, to rely entirely on biology which is about half the story.  Since the act carried out by the boys is a multiplicity worse than a torn up blackmail letter, I am hopeful that there will not be a grandmother around to soothe them very much in the punishment that will and should be applied.  That is the compliment of biology that will help in maturing their brains.

In friendly critique,

Karen Helen Szatkowski

Please read my response to this in my column on page 5. This is very important stuff.


Thank you so much for your recent article with the picture of my painting and the notice that Buenaventura Art Assoc. was having a donation request during the month.  Our back mirror is just full of hearts from people who have donated.  I know we would not have had such a good response without your helpful column.  We at BAA all thank you, Mr. Brown and “The Breeze” for helping make this so special.

Karen Wu

Hi Sheldon,

Just picked up my copy of the Breeze at the Ojai Library. I prefer the paper version to read through … accompanied by my early morning coffee. Thanks so much for including Guy Webster even in the Ojai News!  And also thanks for keeping your publication so healthy with lots to read. As the local Ventura paper (VC Star)gets smaller and smaller I rely on publications like yours for news and events – Kudos!

Warm Regards,

Myrna Cambianica Education Chair:
Ojai Photography Club

Happiness doesn’t depend on what we have, it depends on how we feel towards what we have.
We can be happy with little and miserable with much.
~ W.D. Hoard

In our last issue we had a GUEST COLUMN regarding Buddy Nation credited to Debra Reeves. Even though Debra is very involved with Buddy Nation this article was written by Cappi Patterson (now they are both famous).


Vol. 10, No. 10 – February 15 – February 28, 2017 – Mailbox

Sheldon @ Ventura Breeze

In response to the guy who took offence with substitution of the word “Dog” for “God” he obviously doesn’t know what dogs mean to people who love them like family!

I think the attached*expresses what God “for those who are religious” would have felt as well!

Sincerely one of your many readers

* Photo of God’s finger touching the paw of a dog with caption “I’ve turned my own name around and have called you Dog, my friend.”


The Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, saved my life. I had health insurance. I needed brain surgery. My health insurance company kept delaying approvals for necessary MRI and CT scans to find out what was wrong. Because they refused to pay for the CT scan that was needed to confirm a diagnosis, I had to pay for one of them out of pocket. They assigned an RN to my case to reduce costs. But, because of public pressure, when the Affordable Care Act was being drafted, my surgery was eventually approved by the insurance company in 2009.

As Congress moves forward on a path towards repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act, it is critical that our nation’s communities retain access to high-quality hospital services we need and deserve. Our hospitals not only provide lifesaving care, but they are also key economic engines, providing jobs and security to the entire community.

I am greatly concerned that legislation repealing the Affordable Care Act could leave in place devastating and historic cuts to my hospital. We need your help to protect access to care and our nation’s local economies.

This means that if legislation is approved that repeals the Affordable Care Act, it is imperative that it either replaces the coverage losses simultaneously or repeals the Medicare and Medicaid hospital reductions embedded in the law, so we ensure our community hospitals have the resources they need to care for American families and communities.

Kathy Miller-Ventura

Hi Sheldon,

I am a huge proponent of private property rights but simply can’t wrap my head around any of the arguments for allowing STVRs to operate in residential districts.

I can’t afford a gardener but believe I am entitled to lawn service whether I can afford it or not. Pygmy goats are the cutest things ever and would keep my weeds at bay, thus improving the aesthetics of the neighborhood. Pygmy goats are quieter and less annoying than the neighbors’ barking dogs.

Pygmy goats need veterinarians, groomers, feed, bedding and whatever else they need to thrive and survive – all services and goods I would never purchase but for the pygmy goats. Thus, I’ll create jobs and bring in revenue for businesses and the city.

To help defray costs, make ends meet, and to keep them from sitting idly by when I can’t use them, from time-to-time I’ll rent the pygmy goats to the neighbors. The children, many of whom would never have an opportunity to interact with pygmy goats, will be thrilled, enlightened and enriched by the experience. My pygmy goats could also provide love, affection and comfort for some of the elderly and lonely among us (which is way more than any STVR could do.)

The only people who would complain are whiny, petty and jealous neighbors who either can’t or didn’t think to buy their own pygmy goats.

I don’t know why it’s taken me so long to fully fully appreciate that our city can choose which laws to enforce and which to ignore. I also never dreamed that I could actually keep pygmy goats in my small backyard here at the beach. Fortunately, I guess all I need to do is ask the city to not enforce the zoning codes and issue me a pygmy goat permit. It’s a win-win all around!

Did I mention that I’m a huge proponent of private property rights and that pygmy goats are the cutest things.

Sharon L. Rishel
Pierpont Resident

Talk is cheap, except when  Congress does it
~ Anonymous

Vol. 10, No. 9 – February 1 – February 14, 2017 – Mailbox

Greetings dear amazing Sheldon and the Ventura Breeze!

Wow – you guys helped us get over 50 attendees at our January meeting from your notice in the January 4-17, 2017 edition…that was a beautiful layout!! I hung it up at the meeting for all to see (& the Lexington loved it, too, by the way! 😉

What a great way to start out the new year, by helping at least 10 folks find us for the first time; they were able to learn a lot more about Parkinson’s Disease than they were aware of (most of them were pretty newly diagnosed). I truly meant what I said in the ‘letter’ to you in the Jan 4-17 edition, “we are certainly blessed to have you” to help our Community! 🙂

Yours Truly,
Patty Jenkins


Just got home after picking up my copy of this week’s Breeze.  I just wanted to tell you that I agree with you on your response to Dan on the Dog/God issue.  I think you expressed the separation of church and state issue well.

Ed Wehan


Mike Kory (letter to editor in Jan.18, 2017 Ventura Breeze)does not speak for the residents of Pierpont. He is a resident of Camarillo, according to his registration with the City of Ventura, and is not a permanent resident of Pierpont as he states. It is immaterial that he has enjoyed vacation homes outside of Ventura, some of which are having backlashes from residents in the places he lists. The position that a periodic vacationer will out spend a permanent resident is preposterous.

Vacationers do not make purchases for family staples such as automobiles, auto services, barber or hair salons, insurance, florists, legal or estate services, veterinarians, medical, churches, or charities, etc. He states that it is a small group who complain about the rentals. That is far from true. It is true that many residents see this as a hopeless situation having battled this issue with the City now for 11 years. It is none of Kory’s business how residents have come to own their homes, as he characterizes “as the lucky ones”.

He projects the position of the Coastal Commission as justification to ignore our municipal codes that do not allow STVR commercial businesses in residential zones, by “use” or CUP. The Coastal Act is not in violation by the City for upholding it’s zoning ordinances. The City’s new attempt to justify its bad decision to circumvent zoning codes by reexamining the STVR ordinance is another folly. The City’s decision to take this course in itself is an affront to all residents and citizens of Pierpont.

John Whitman-Ventura

The fact that Mike Kory is a resident of Camarillo has not been verified by the Breeze.

Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s need, but not every man’s greed.
~ Mahatma Gandhi

Vol. 10, No. 8 – January 18 – January 31, 2017 – Mailbox

To editor Sheldon,
You missed the point.  I have only one issue . . . your substitution of the word “Dog” for “God.”  Show some respect for those of us who love our God.  I hope you reprint the initial narrative in concert with this response so that your readers will have the opportunity to view the totality of this exchange.
Dan Scully, SR.

Dan: I certainly do apologize to those whose feelings were hurt by this but not for putting it in the paper. In this god-awful world we live in we need to maintain a sense of humor to not always be depressed even if at the expense of God. Hopefully he understands. And would love to hear from other readers.

Printed from Jan.4 Ventura Breeze

In your December/January issue, you displayed your “Christmas present . . . a 50 dollar bill bearing your picture and the words “in DOG we TRUST.”  I, and I am sure the majority of folks in Ventura, are deeply offended by your substitution of the word “DOG” for “GOD, our Lord and Savior.  Freedom of expression is a two-way street, so please express your appreciation of same by publishing this letter.
Dan Scully, SR

Dan: So published as requested but I don’t think that the words In God We Trust even belong on our currency. Money is not the proper place to make a religious statement. Nor does Under God belong in our Pledge of Allegiance which was added in 1954 to show the commies that we are a God loving country.

Ventura Breeze Opinions:

I read, with great interest, your Jan. 4-17 article on the Audubon Society’s interest on the Salton Sea’s projected further shrinking, due to further restrictions on Colorado River inflow.

I learned to water ski there in 1959 and always found it a shame that such a “Riviera” type tourist attraction be allowed to wither and nearly die. But, I have always felt that there could be a cheap remedy, by building a pipeline, gravity fed, from the Gulf of California to the Salton, which is below sea level, to fill it back to previous levels. Then the Salton could truly be an inland Sea, with the same salinity as the Pacific. Thus the Salton’s coastal values would rise and it could also become a fisherman’s haven, while eliminating the clouds of toxic dust now emanating from its alkaline coast and making SoCal’s population sick. Why this has never been considered is a mystery to me.

Steven Schlah, Ventura resident

Ventura Breeze:

Ventura is currently re-examining its ordinance (municipal code chapter 6.455) which regulates short-term vacation rentals (STVRs) in the city of Ventura, including Pierpont Beach which falls within the Coastal Zone. My family has rented STVRs numerous times in many different vacation spots including Pismo Beach, Avila Beach, Monterey, Cayucos, Lake Tahoe, Mammoth, Palm Springs, Maui, Oahu, and others. If you have a family with kids, or if you want to vacation with extended family or friends, STVRs are an affordable and convenient alternative to hotels/motels. The access to kitchen facilities, multiple bedrooms and bathrooms, garages, and other amenities is ideal for many wanting to take their dream vacation.  In addition, the existence of plentiful STVRs in popular destinations brings tourist dollars to these communities and tax revenues for local governments.

Lately, a small group of homeowners in the Pierpont Beach area have been waging a campaign to have STVRs banned in Ventura, or severely limited. These folks use grossly exaggerated claims of noise, parking violations, and overflowing trash to justify their position, but the truth is that STVRs have no more of these issues than owner-occupied properties or long term rentals. These folks want to limit access to Pierpont Beach to the lucky few who were wealthy enough or fortunate enough to be able to acquire a beach house before the prices started to skyrocket. The California Coastal Commission has stated: “The Coastal Act places a higher priority on the provision of visitor-serving uses, particularly overnight accommodations, over private residential uses because such visitor-serving uses offer a vehicle for the general public to access and recreate within the state’s coastal zone. “

For the record, I own a STVR at Pierpont Beach in addition to being a full-time resident of Pierpont Beach. The majority of Ventura STVR owners also live in Ventura, or within 35 miles of Ventura.

Mike Kory

Any fool can know. The point is to understand.
~ Albert Einstein

Vol. 10, No. 7 – January 4 – January 17, 2017 – Mailbox


You gave an example of the seemingly backwards (my words ) custom experienced by a Saudi woman. In that editorial you said you found it hard to comprehend that kind of thinking.

Woman wearing pants, 2 piece bathing suits, smoking, buying birth contro products , are among a few of the things this very country made illegal at one time. Death threats as well, over the moral breakdown of society were common.

In 1973 I remember girls being sent home for wearing pants to school. Until the 1960s it was still illegal to marry interracially in some US states. Surely you remember that.

Customs change as society and rulers dictate. Religious beliefs play a large part of that. Change is inevitable. Even religious customs change as society dictates. Again change is inevitable.

To some , the US customs we follow seem just as perplexing…. Our obsession with Hollywood stars, our overeating, our superiority complex just to mention a few. These have me just as perplexed as you seem to be.

Mike Art

Editor, Ventura Breeze,
Reference December 21, 2016 issue,
Letters to the Editor: Mr. W. Dunlap & MS M. Wells

We have had a long-standing debate over the Electoral College for several decades.  The debate will continue until the day it is abolished, but that day should not come to pass for as long as we live in the United States.  The Electoral College is not perfect, it can be modified and kept to the original concepts it was created to assure.

Units of the Electoral College are established by each individual state, members of those units are governed by each state, and the rules under which members can vote are governed by each state.  If a change is to be made, then each state must agree to have their college members vote in accordance to the local population they represent.  Voting by personal feelings would not be permitted.

The original intent of our country’s founding fathers was to prevent large population centers from overpowering rural population areas.   Yes, Ventura County is still considered Rural area.  It might be okay for the County of Los Angeles to allow the County of San Francisco to dictate how LA will be operated, where money comes from, and how to police its citizens.  But, would the citizens of Ventura County allow the City of New York to tell them how they must live and conduct their lives?

If a change to the Electoral College were to be accomplished (abolished, or greatly modified), it would require another amendment to the U.S. Constitution, and several State Constitutions.  A feat nearly impossible.  We would have a better chance of dividing California into two independent states.

Michael Gordon

Dear Sheldon

Thanks again for all you do in support of the Ventura Parkinson’s Disease Support Group…and the people who you help find us; may you be abundantly blessed for all the great work you do for our community – we are certainly blessed to have you! 🙂

Yours Truly,
Patty Jenkins – Volunteer Coordinator
Ventura Parkinson’s Disease Support Group

In your December/January issue, you displayed your “Christmas present . . . a 50 dollar bill bearing your picture and the words “in DOG we TRUST.”  I, and I am sure the majority of folks in Ventura, are deeply offended by your substitution of the word “DOG” for “GOD, our Lord and Savior.  Freedom of expression is a two-way street, so please express your appreciation of same by publishing this letter.
Dan Scully, SR

Dan: So published as requested but I don’t think that the words In God We Trust even belong on our currency. Money is not the proper place to make a religious statement. Nor does Under God belong in our Pledge of Allegiance which was added in  1954 to show the commies that we are a God loving country.

“It’s easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled.”
~ Mark Twain

Vol. 10, No. 6 – December 21, 2016 – January 3, 2017 – Mailbox

Mr. Brown,

I read your December 7 Ventura Breeze editorial with great interest today.  Thank you for taking such a reasoned and important position in opposition to the electoral college.  After seeing the electoral results on November 8 I felt deeply disenfranchised as a voting citizen.  I guess I feel like a black citizen denied the right to vote by Jim Crow laws in the 1800’s or like a woman voter before the passage of the 19th amendment.  Following the election, I have become active in supporting Senator Barbara Boxer’s proposed constitutional amendment to abolish the electoral college.  I have great concerns about our diminishing democracy.  So much so that I went to Sacramento to participate in a protest to took place on Monday, December 19 at the Capitol addressing the electoral college.

I’m hoping that this might be of interest to your readers to see what a local resident, and retired high school government teacher and educational administrator is doing in response to the challenges we face.

My position is not “Stop Trump” though I didn’t vote for him.  My position is simply that for Americans to realize a true democracy we need to elect the president the same way we elect our governors or congressional leaders, by a simple majority of the popular vote.  One citizen, one vote, one USA!

Walt Dunlop-Ventura

Dear Sheldon,

I just wanted to thank you for attempting to unravel the intricacies of “The Electoral College.” I read the Time magazine account several times and over the years I have tried to figure out exactly what it is all about, but it is still totally confusing to me. What is wrong with one person one vote? How could it be simpler? It seems to work well in every other country and it seems democratic to me.

Just look at the problems this “electoral college” is causing. How can it be right that the candidate with over two million votes over her rival loses? Seems like some kind of odd mathematics to me!

Maggie Wells

With freedom, books, flowers, and the moon, who could not be happy?
~ Oscar Wilde

Vol. 10, No. 5 – December 7 – December 20, 2016 – Mailbox

Dear Sheldon and the Breeze

From a letter from the founder of Buddy Nation, one of the recipients of the Bowl of Thanks. “Thanks to your help in getting the word out, we were able to reach my goal of writing 2 checks for just over $2000 for both Buddy Nation and The Rescue Mission/Lighthouse for Women and Children! Hoping to send another thank you from the Rescue Mission, but we are presenting that check tomorrow, Monday.”

Thanking you again and always for your support with Potters’ Guild events and all the animal I’m involved with Buddy Nation as well as All for Love….where we got our little Topa..not so little anymore!

Cecile Gurrola Faulconer-Potters’ Guild


The reason Turner received such a minor sentence (Stanford swimmer), compared to what you or I would have gotten, is because he is a jock at a big time school. Was justice served?

Of course not, but in the USA “thems that gots, is thems that gets”. And that is why it is relevant.

A cello player from Stanford would also get a minor sentence, especially if he is a good cello player. After all, we need good cello players more than we need good swimmers.

Charles Miller

Dear Sheldon Brown

We would like to thank you for supporting the 2016 Fun and Fitness 5K by donating an ad in the Ventura Breeze.

When you give to the Y you strengthen our community.  As the nation’s leading nonprofit for youth development, healthy living and social responsibility the Y uses your gift to make a meaningful. enduring impact right in your own neighborhood.

On behalf of the children, families and individuals that helped with your gift.  I thank you once again.  We appreciate your support.

Amy Bailey Jurewicz

Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple,
awesomely simple, that’s creativity
~ Charles Mingus

Vol. 10, No. 4 – November 23 – December 6, 2016 – Mailbox

Ventura Breeze:

I’m very unhappy with the passing of some of the measures.

We shouldn’t have term limits. If people from Ventura are unhappy with a certain city council member they don’t need to vote for them. I think a lot of this had to do with Jim Monahan having been in the council for over 30-years.

I also don’t think that we should need to pay additional sales tax. I don’t think that the city does a good job spending our money now so why should they get more?

Sarah Blum-Ventura

Dear Ventura Breeze,

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you on behalf of all the volunteers of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department Upper Ojai Search and Rescue team for your generosity on the occasion of our annual fundraiser on October 2, 2016.

The Sheriff’s Department provides our vehicles and a number of basic items for the volunteers, but our organization has relied on the fundraisers to allow us to purchase specialized equipment and certain items that the county is unable to provide.

In these times of budget cutting by government departments, we are forced to be more self-reliant and therefore we would like to say once again, “Thank you for your generous support.”

Most Sincerely,
Captain Bill Slaughter  Lieutenant Kevin Hatigan


I compiled this list for myself but thought that your readers might also want it for reference.

  • Ventura Police Department public safety information ,alerts, etc.
  • (an emergency notification system- register at or 805-648-9283)
  • 911 emergency
  • 24 hour non-emergency 805-650-8010
  • general information 805-339-4400
  • abandoned vehicles 805-339-4432

general helpful numbers


  • city hall 805-654-7800
  • code enforcement 805-658-4711
  • graffiti hotline 805-654-7805
  • pothole hotline 805-652-4590
  • street light out SCE  800-655-4555

Laurence Boldt


Thanks, good stuff. If any reader wants this sent to them directly let us know at Also the email address of any city employee is very simple. Their first initial, last name at For example if you want to reach City Manager Mark Watkins

Let us not look back in anger or forward in fear, but around in awareness.
~ James Thurber

Vol. 10, No. 3 – November 9 – November 22, 2016 – Mailbox


When I finished reading the article on Farber-Tauber MD Awards in your Oct.12 issue I was left wondering who the honorees were for 2016.


Yvonne Elizondo

Very good point Yvonne, here they are:

Hospital Physician -Gail Simpson, MD
Community Physician – John Walters, MD
Hospital Nurse- Diana Jaquez, RN, MSN, OCN, ACHPN
Community Nurse – Rosemary Libman, RN
Oral Health Specialist – Scott Packham, DDS
Vision Care Specialist – Paul J. Dougherty, MD
Behavioral/Mental Health Professional – Deborah Thurber, MD
Allied Health Professional – Camarillo Health Care District
Trailblazer Award – Assisted Home Health & Hospice – Elaine Donley

Meet up to clean it up

Just in case you have not noticed our highways and country roads are a mess. So, how about a meet up to clean it up every Saturday? In just the past few days I have removed over 100 lbs. of trash each day for a week. I simply cannot do this my- self. This needs to be a committed effort of folks just like you that want to see Earth Day happen every day, and our home kept pristine. This should not be looked as a party but as a celebration to our home-planet earth.

Or, just work it on your own and make it a family outing.

Bring a trash picker to avoid too much bending and watch your step if you plan to clean the streams-wear good walking or hiking shoes. Best to wear bright colors so that you are easily visible on the highways and twisty roads. Since we have been in a drought for a long time, wild life such as Bears and Mountain Lions have been spotted in the low country, carry a whistle and pepper spray. And beware of poison oak.

Now is a good time for all environmentalists and wanna be trash collectors to get out, get some exercise and sunshine and most importantly clean up our home. This is a free activity no fees no sign ups and no bosses. If you need to contact me I welcome hearing from you. Jay North at See ya on the road-hopefully-weekly.

Peace for now, Jay

Dear Sheldon:

Among the pearls making up the substance of your editorial in the October 26 to November 8 edition of the Breeze was your outline of what is going on in the Ventura County Museum.  Your mention of the Museum reminds me of my recent visit to the WWII Museum in New Orleans.

Aside from the comprehensive portrayals of the battles which led to our victory in WWII, what really got my attention was the emphasis throughout on the prodigious and unified effort of the entire United States, once it became clear that we were in grave danger, to win the war.  I should point out that such an effort was badly needed, as in 1940 our Army consisted of a relatively small number of men mounted on horseback with not a tank in sight.

By mid-WWII nearly everyone, men and women of all descriptions, was either fighting or supporting the road to victory in some way, a display of unity not seen since and quite in contrast to our present condition.  World War Two, as made clear in the WWII Museum, was a cataclysm which brought the entire country together, probably never to be experienced again.  I think of this current state of paralysis nearly every day since my visit.


Art  Spaulding

The only difference between a tax man and a taxidermist
is that the taxidermist leaves the skin.
~ Mark Twain