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From Our Politician – Limited U.S. options in Iraq

From Our Politician – Limited U.S. options in Iraq

What I remember most about serving with the U.S. Marine Corps in Iraq was realizing the extraordinary level of hatred that the Sunnis and Shia Arabs had for each other. To understand Iraq today, one must understand the deep religious divisions within the country. The Islamic faith fractured into two very separate sects following a […]

Remarks – Time to lighten up with baseball and golf humor

Remarks – Time to lighten up with baseball and golf humor

Why have sports become so popular? The answer may lie in the fact that it’s an area of our society where no one worries about another person’s race, religion or wealth and the only questions to be resolved are, “Who’s the best?” and “Who’s No. 1?” and where winning is not considered a dirty word […]

Kindling – Thanks to God and United States Postal Service

Kindling – Thanks to God and United States Postal Service

I think that Benjamin Franklin was instrumental in founding mail service in the early day colonies of America. He published his papers and very quickly found that printing was one thing, but delivering the product in a timely fashion was just as important. If the news doesn’t get delivered – all is lost. And that […]

Remarks – Outstanding quotes from outstanding people worth remembering

Remarks – Outstanding quotes from outstanding people worth remembering

In today’s world of international problems — from the murder in Benghazi of Ambassador Stevens to today’s Middle East fighting, to our national problems concerning the IRS, WA, Obamacare and President Obama’s dictatorial decisions — it is time to remember that many, many problems were faced by citizens in previous years. Their leaders’ advice helped […]

Dog Days: Summer Rains Are Most Welcome

Dog Days: Summer Rains Are Most Welcome

When I was a youngster I spent my summers working in the hay fields of far northwest Colorado. My cousin Jason came to help us hay and we loved to hunt, fish and swim. Whenever it rained we couldn’t cut and stack hay so we were able to skip away from chores and go play […]

Remarks – Two compassion stories for our cynical world

Remarks – Two compassion stories for our cynical world

In today’s cynical world, stories about man’s capacity for sacrifice, devotion, compassion and decency are too often ignored. Forgotten is the fact that “The bread we cast on waters may come back in the form of miracles.” Here, for example, are two true stories of miracles that developed because of someone’s compassion and simple decency. […]

Kindling – Sorting out what is important

Kindling – Sorting out what is important

It is always shocking that July Fourth comes so quickly, summer has hardly begun – and this great birthday for our nation signals that summer is now starting to end already. I read a lot of bunk about how America is about ready to fail; don’t believe it, we will survive quite well into the […]

Remarks – July 4 Independence Day brings back memories

Remarks – July 4 Independence Day brings back memories

Composer Boris Fomin wrote, “Those were the days my friend, I thought they’d never end – I’d play and play forever and a day – for I was young and sure to have my way.” And when I reached the ripe old age of 10, I knew that July Fourth was one of those days […]

Kindling – The customer is always right

Kindling – The customer is always right

There is so much turmoil going on around the world. Pick a spot and there are few safe places to travel and be secure. No wonder the cruise business is booming. Long-time award-winning photographer Jim Pilon just returned home from a two week tour of Israel, with a Catholic tour group out of Fort Collins […]

Our country has lost its ethics

Our country has lost its ethics

Our age has become an age when even simple grace, wit and charm are alien: an age when everything is very important: an age where everything is “at risk” or in “crisis.” Can you believe that in Chicago two grown children actually sued their mom for “bad mothering?” They alleged damages were caused when she […]

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