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Memorial bench in Red Bluff brings back fishing memories

Last week, my wife  and I took a road trip up Interstate 5, spending a couple of days in Ashland, Oregon, for the theater ambience and then on to Corvallis to see friends. Before leaving California, we made what for … Continue reading

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Shadow of massacre hangs over U.S.-backed university in Vietnam

Should a former Navy SEAL implicated in a massacre of civilians in a Vietnamese village be appointed to head a major American-sponsored university in that country? Fans of redemption narratives seem inspired by the recent appointment of former U.S. Sen. Bob Kerrey … Continue reading

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Forgetting the lessons of the Vietnam War

We must never again confuse a war with the warriors. American veterans deserve our deepest respect, gratitude and support whenever and wherever they serve. — Secretary of State John Kerry, Arizona Sen. John McCain, and former Nebraska Sen. Bob Kerrey, … Continue reading

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Forgiveness is overrated

I miss believing in hell. It was satisfying to think that unrepentant evildoers would face eternal torment. Sister Francis Claire, my teacher in both the fifth and sixth grades at Our Lady of Lourdes grammar school, gave especially graphic accounts … Continue reading

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Reflections on a complicated father-son relationship

While reading many touching tributes to fathers yesterday on Facebook, I wondered what it must be like to have a father who elicits such positive emotions. I don’t hold rosy remembrances of my father, although I do remember his large … Continue reading

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