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At the age of 18 I was a 4th Infantry Division rifleman in the invasion of Normandy, then later was called back for the Korean War. Put in a couple of years as a Pinkerton detective. Much of my life was spent as a newspaper reporter, sports writer and daily columnist. Published three books on high school sports in Ohio and Indiana. I write mystery fiction for Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine and others. Three books, Normandy 1944 - A Young Rifleman's War, The Hoosier Hot Shots, and From Devout Catholic to Communist Agitator are now available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other booksellers. So are four collections of short mysteries: Jack Eddy Stories Volumes 1 and 2, Midland Murders, and The Rough Old Stuff From Mike Shayne Mystery Magazine.

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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

A quick look at the news


More than 100,000 store employees in Ohio alone now are on Medicaid. No less than 15,000 of them work for Wal-Mart. Most of these Ohioans are employed by a company that does not provide health insurance but some opt out when their company does offer it. The Medicaid coverage is more comprehension than that from the insurance company.
So all these far-right folks in the party of No are howling about the cost of covering just about everyone and yet they are already paying to do just that. This must really gall Limbaugh, Beck, O'Reilly and all the other believers in the "kick 'em when they're down" approach to life.
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Anyone who believes talking on a cell phone or texting while driving a car is just fine might rethink that idea. Last year 5,780 were killed when someone doing one or both of those things was distracted enough to cause a crash. It is a little surprising that only 16% of those responsible were under the age of 20. A higher figure would have seemed more likely.
For the sake of the innocent people on the streets and highways there should be a 20-year prison sentence without the possibility of parole for anyone caught either using a cell phone or texting while driving. That should end it.
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Some words and terms are weak, others are strong. Tsunami sounds like a variety of Polish sausage. Tidal wave evokes a frightening image. In the namby-pamby world of today I guess it isn't politically correct to say anything that might scare someone or be seen as derogatory.
Tsunami brings to mind the French word for work, travail - pronounced something like tra-vee-aye. Germans say arbeiten. Tra-vee-aye sounds like a day at the beach. Arbeit or arbeiten sounds like something to be avoided.

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