I was recently at the Ronald Reagan Library and Museum in Simi Valley, Calif., where I visited the final resting place for President Reagan. The 100-acre site is serene and lovely. A bronzed presidential seal marks the knoll that overlooks the Pacific Ocean.
I met Ronald Reagan in 1975 when I was living in Oregon. The former governor of California had flown to Portland on a commercial airplane to meet with 1,300 guests my committee had assembled at a local hotel. The following day I borrowed a Lear jet and two pilots to return Reagan to Los Angeles to accommodate his schedule.
In the airplane we sat knee to knee and looked out the same small window while chatting about politics and the California coastline. His response to my query about the ultraconservative element in the Republican Party was clear. He believed the party should be inclusive and that anyone who wishes to participate in politics should be allowed to do so.
As we approached Santa Barbara he relaxed, smiled and pointed out the road to his ranch in the distance. Friends by now, I asked him if he was going to run for president, and he said he didn’t know … he felt a responsibility to run, as many people wanted him to, but he would rather spend time at his ranch!
This week my memory is with this man who became an extraordinary leader as president of the United States. Goodbye, Mr. President.
I would like to clarify what was said at the council meeting concerning paragliding (Post Independent, June 6). My point was that it has its place but it is not over the heart of a town nor a state highway where drivers will be distracted. Paragliders will take off from our city properties, Red Mountain in the mornings, Lookout Mountain in the afternoons. Looking up at the sky and mountains is the last refuge of citizens on this overcrowded, narrow valley floor. Now that open space will be polluted also.
I am outraged at the response to the recent wolf-hybrid attack in Glenwood Springs. Let’s reflect on the facts:
– The owner of the “wolf-hybrid” claimed the animals are “gentle giants.”
– These particular “pets” were proclaimed a nuisance to the neighborhood prior to the attack.
– Miss McSwain was invited to the house to photograph the animal and was accompanied by its caretaker.
– NO, Miss McSwain did not reach through, climb over or in any other way provoke this vicious animal.
– The animal jumped his fence, bit the victim’s face and returned to its side of the fence.
Grace McSwain ” and the rest of her family, as it turns out ” are the victims of a vicious animal attack. Why are we continually reading an outpouring of sentiment for the poor, victimized animal? The parent here was not negligent, nor was the child provoking the supposed “safe” animal. Let’s face reality here, these animals do not belong in city limits surrounded by close neighbors. Defend and protect our children, not unsafe, dangerous animals.
I would just like to say what a beautiful job you did with the piece on Marcia Haberman ” I was sorry to read she had passed on.
Being able to let people share a part of that experience shows her strength and courage.
Four years ago my mother went through the same thing. Hospice helped my family tremendously. Losing a loved one is scary enough, but to have knowledgeable people for resources eases the stress. Going through hospice is almost like having a coach to get everyone through that final step.
My mother died a peaceful death in a place she loved, surrounded by people she loved and who loved her, as did Marcia. Hospice is a tremendous program that people can only benefit from.
I wish the Habermans my best and am glad to hear that Marcia is not in any more pain.
I am interested in the influence of spiritual concepts as well as all other thought forms. Please allow me to explain some of my conclusions:
– The United States of America has become a great power due to the fact that it was founded for God.
– The Catholic Church teaches “The Holy Spirit is a gift from God to correct incarnate error.” What is incarnate error? It is our inability to recognize God as the life force in everything.
– At this moment, humankind is in a state of confusion and trying to bring about world peace via legislation and mind control rather than through our hearts.
“Government of, by and for the people” is the best plan we have devised up to now. Our lives as Americans must be an open book; no more “classified information.” This is our government, and when we know all the facts, we are capable of making the correct decisions for ourselves!
We haven’t evolved past the belief in war; however, the superior notion of “beating our spears into plowshares and learning war no more” is a concept whose time has come. We would do well as American citizens to adhere to the oath taken by our American medical personnel: “Above all else do no harm.”
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