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I Speak to You of Preserving Our Past - Our History

Dillion Log CabinA while ago, I wrote this article in hope of gaining support and interest in all towns and cities Historical Societies. Most are non-profit, many without aid from their own cities and towns. As I see more and more artifacts, buildings and structures from the past torn down, demolished or closed due to lack of interest or financial support of the citizens or city officials, I knew it time to do whatever I was able to stop this insanity. 

This feeling of discontent has been growing and festering inside of me for the last few years and I know of no better way to release such negativity than to express my personal feelings on Preserving our History than to speak openly to you.

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The Writer's Life 4/6


Rest in peace Chief Jay Strongbow, WWF fan favorite from the '60's through the 80's. Of course, being a pro wrestler, his age is a mystery. Obits list it as anywhere from 79-83. By the way, if you don't already know, he wasn't really an Indian. He was a goombah out of Jersey, real name Joe Scarpa. And contrary to popular belief, he's not related to actor Frank DeKova, who frequently played a redskin in films and on TV, most notably as the Chief of the Heckowee on the sitcom F Troop. Of course, you know how the tribe got its name. After traveling hundreds of miles, the Medicine Man looked out over the plain and said: "Where the Heckowee?" Here are those icons, Jay bottom. Shocking news out of college basketball - no, not that a player has actually graduated. Isiah Thomas has been fired after three seasons as head...
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They call it self defense

  For over a month I have been following and thinking about the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.  Why? Because there is something iconic in this story, something that speaks to the very heart of our society and how we as a nation think.   The facts:   A young man, a teenager, walked to the store and bought himself an iced tea and a package of candy. On the way back to his grandmother’s home, he called his girlfriend. It was raining, and he had the hood of his sweatshirt up. There is no way to know if he would have had that hood up had there not been rain.   Another young man, not very much older than the first, was driving around, saw the first man, decided he looked suspicious, called the police, and continued to pursue the first youth. There was a scuffle or confrontation of some...
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THE NEED FOR A JUST HEALTHCARE SYSTEM by Salvatore Buttaci

The issue of healthcare in a altruistic society is a rallying cry for citizens to band together for the good of all. A society that believes in the old adage “One for all and all for one!” recognizes that healthcare across the board is imperative, not merely for some but for everyone in that society, and for some to be deprived of healthcare is to admit an absence of justice. America is not the altruistic, neighbor-loving society about which Socrates wrote in his dialogues, that ideal state where the Philosopher-king benevolently ruled and all was right with his subjects and their world. Sorry to say, we Americans misinterpret the virtuous work ethics of the early pioneers. Instead of seeing the positive value of such ethics, we distort them into a “me-first” mentality. Our main objective in life remains “What’s in it for me?” We are not willing to allow anyone or...
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The Writer's Life 4/5

It's been another bad week for the green movement. A123 Systems, makers of batteries, has filed for bankruptcy, taking 279 billion taxpayer dollars with it. I guess it's time to fire up the government printing press once again. Hey, it's only money. And the bad news wasn't restricted to the U.S.. A fourth solar energy manufacturer has gone belly up in Germany. Drilll and frack, frack and drill - they are the only way to energy independence at present. And they would create thousands of jobs. The floating book shop had competition today. I gazed across the street and saw Svetlana/Vivian setting up her wares in front of our apartment complex. She hawks a liquid fat burner, five bucks a can. She claims to have lost 30 pounds using it, although I don't recall her having ever been overweight. The other day she took the stand to the Sheepshead Bay train...
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