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Martin Luther King, Jr.

He Would Cry Today

An Anthem Opinions Editorial

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Today the nation celebrates the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. 

It's a national holiday meaning that all state and federal offices and schools will be closed, and no mail will be delivered.

Had he lived he would have celebrated his 91st birthday on January 15th.

He was a man whose life was devoted to civil rights obtained through nonviolent means, often being harassed and jailed while on that dedicated journey.

His "dream" ???

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Would he cry today looking at the nation he left on April 4, 1968 at the hands of an assassin?

I think he would !

The nation became aware of a peaceful man being gunned down in Memphis, Tennessee for no apparent reason other than hatred toward a man of color. 

Sadness filled the airwaves and Robert Kennedy, then a presidential candidate who himself would suffer the same fate two months later on June 5th, addressed the nation in hope that a man's peaceful legacy would remain in tact.

He was sadly wrong.

I will never forget April 5, 1968, the day following Dr. King's murder. 

It began as a normal Friday when I picked up my then girlfriend and drove to the University of Illinois in Chicago for what was to be the last day of the week and the beginning of a fun weekend.

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It turned out to be a day I would never forget.

We arrived at about 7:00am, and had coffee with a number of fraternity brothers before our 8:00am first class. 


Something didn't seem right.

All of the fraternities would have their "unofficial tables" in the "Pier Room, and ours (Sigma Delta Pi...later nationalized as Sigma Alpha Mu), was located behind the table frequented by Black students who until that particular day, we would smile, joke, and associate with for years.

But this morning was different.

The Black students were absent, and our first thought was their mourning the passing of a man whose life was devoted to equality and nonviolence.

As 8:00am approached, we all left for class (with the exception of the proverbial "Hearts" players whose definition of a college education centered around card games until it was time to go home).

As I passed "The Circle Forum", I noticed that many of the Black students gathered to memorialize their fallen hero.  I stopped, listened, and rhetoric filled the air that was contrary to the beliefs of Dr. King.  It was hatred he never would have allowed, and I was saddened to see his memory tainted.

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As the morning passed, I would then walk back to the Pier Room for lunch, once again meeting my girlfriend at our "table".

This time the Black students were present, everything seemed normal, and then it happened !

A Black student jumped up on a table and began yelling and screaming profanity and insults toward all white students. 

It was shocking. Nothing like this had ever taken place like that in the past.

At the same time, I couldn't help but notice that both exits of the Pier Room were being blocked by Black students, and that "red flag" caused  me to look at my girlfriend to exit at the earliest opportunity...if possible !

The situation was so out of character that a fellow student who regularly sat at the "jocks" table, looked up at the raging student and asked him:

"Why are you saying these things, we have always gotten along as friends?"

And before she received an answer, a wooden chair was being broken over her head as she fell to the floor in a pool of blood.

A "jock" then went after the person who assaulted the young girl, and before we knew it, a riot had erupted with my taking two of my fraternity brothers to Cook County Hospital for treatment.

That night, Chicago burned along with other large cities in the country, especially Detroit.


Was this to be the legacy of this man?

Was this the answer to a man's purpose in life stressing equality using nonviolent measures?

Later that summer I will never forget Black athletes at the Mexico Olympics raising  their hands in "Black Power".

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Robert Kennedy had been killed, a Vietnam war raged and civil strife would tear our nation apart....

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...everything that Dr. King DID NOT STAND FOR !

50 years have now passed and violence, from ALL ELEMENTS of society, seems to have escalated.

Yes, Dr. King would cry if he witnessed today's world.

But for one day, JUST ONE DAY, let us put aside all forms of violence and hatred and honor a man who gave his life in order that all us might live in peace.

That's how I choose to honor Martin Luther King.
  1. From Marcia Opinions

    I too remember that day very well.

    I was at work at the VA Hospital taking care of patients.

    My fiance was on the Chicago Police Department and stationed on the west side of Chicago.  He received the first call where people were rioting and were burning a news truck.

    I did not see him for three days after that because of the massive damage being done to businesses in that area.

    I heard the news and ran into the office of  the Associate Chief of Medicine next to me.  That VA hospital immediately went on lock down.

    I will never forget that day!
    1. From Mary Lee Opinions

      Beautifully written, thanks for sharing.

      You, my friend, are an incredibly loving, caring, and compassionate man!

      What a scary  situation that must have been. 

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Tony Barone
June 25th...Age 72
(College and NBA coach...and...a person I knew from kindergarten...member of the 1966 Duke University Final Four Basketball Tournament...Head Coach at Creighton University and Texas A&M, and Head Coach of the NBA Memphis Grizzlies...elected to the Creighton University Hall of Fame in 2015)...member of the Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame...member of the Chicago Catholic League Hall of Fame)

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Max Wright
June 26th...Age 75
(American actor...primarily known for his role as "Willie Tanner" on the TV show "Alf")

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Beth Chapman
June 26th...Age 51
(wife of "Dog the Bounty Hunter" and a part of a long time TV show and "Dog's Most Wanted")

Remembering Those We Lost 
January thru March, 2019

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Tyler Trent
January 1st...Age 20
(The Purdue student who sparked hope amid tears from a nation that followed his journey with terminal cancer.  The unlikely sports hero — a scrawny kid with a shy grin, near perfect SAT score and dreams of becoming a national sportswriter — broke through the cluttered world of social media, inspiring a flood of support nationwide)

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Bob Einstein
January 2nd...Age 76
(American known as 'Super Dave Osbourne"..."Marty Funkhouser" in the TV series "Curb Your Enthusiam" and "Larry Middleman" in the TV series "Arrested Development"...the brother of actor Albert Brooks)

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Daryl Dragon
 January 2nd...Age 76
(Former husband of singer, Toni Tennille...keyboard...half of the duo, "The Captain &Tennille")

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"Mean" Gene Okerlund
January 2nd...Age 76
(Legendary World Wrestling WWE Hall of Fame broadcaster)

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Verna Bloom
January 9th...Age 80
(American known for her role as "Marion Wormer" wife of "Dean Wormer" in the film "Animal House"...and...the role of "Sarah Belding" in the Clint Eastwood movie "High Plains Drifter")

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"Jumpin" Johnny Wilson
January 11th...Age 91
(Got his name being the only person on his high school basketball team who could dunk a ball...played for the Harlem Globetrotters from 1949-54...was sadly never allowed to play in the NBA due to the unwritten rule of banning black athletes)
January 13th...Age 95
(American of the first female singers to crossover from Country to Pop music with her 1957 recording of "Dark Moon" Dolton Records and launched the careers of "The Fleetwoods" and "The Ventures"...was given the Top Female Country Artist Award in 1967 by the Academy of Country Music for her hit "A Woman in Love")

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 Carol Channing
January 15th...Age 97
(American actress...winner of the 1964 Tony Award for "Best Actress in a Musical" for her lead role as "Dolly Levi" in "Hello Dolly"...Golden Globe winner and Oscar nominee of 1967 "Best Supporting Actress Award" for her role as "Muzzy Van Hossmere" in the film "Thoroughly Modern Millie"....winner of the 1995 Tony Lifetime Achievement Award)

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Kay Ballard
January 21st...Age 93
(American actress, singer, and comedienne...appearing on Broadway and numerous TV sitcoms in the 1960s including  the TV show "Match Game"...a regular on the"Perry Como Show" from 1961-63...starred in the TV comedy "The Mothers-in-Law from 1967-1969 )

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James Ingram
January 29th...Age 66
(American pop singer and songwriter...Grammy Award nominee for "Best New Artist" in 1982 for his song "Just Once"...winner of 2 other Grammys...and  2 time Oscar nominee for "Best Original Song"....known for his collaborations with other artists, particularly  Patti Austin in "How Do You Keep the Music Playing" and Linda Ronstadt  in "Somewhere Out There")

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Dick Miller
January 30th...Age 90
(American actor in over 200 known for his role in the films "Gremlins" and "Gemlins 2", "The Terminator", "The Howling",  "The Burbs"...and numerous TV appearances)


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Bob Friend
February 3rd...Age 88
(Major League Baseball player...spent 15 years with the Pittsburgh Pirates...lead the National League ERA in 1955 (2.85)...a member of the Pirates World Series Champs in 1960...a member of 4 National League All-Star teams)

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Julie Adams
February 3rd...Age 92
(American known for her role as "Kay Lawrence" in the 3-D cult film "Creature from the Black Lagoon"...made numerous TV appearances over the years in such TV shows that included "McMillan & Wife", "The Andy Griffith Show",  and in 10 episodes as real estate agent "Eve Simpson" in "Murder She Wrote")

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Bob Massi
February 6th...Age 67
(Las Vegas attorney and FOX News contributor known as "The Property Man")

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Frank Robinson
February 7th...Age 83
(Major League Baseball player....only player in Major League history to win the MVP award in both the National (Cincinnati Reds 1961) and the American League (Baltimore Orioles in 1966)...Winner of Triple Crown in American League in 1966...the first Black Manager in Major League history (Cleveland Indians)...elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1982, his first year of eligibility)

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Albert Finney
February 8th...Age 82
(British actor...nominated for an Oscar four times for "Best Actor" ("Saturday Night & Saturday Morning", "Tom Jones", "The Dresser", and "Under the Volcano") and once for Best Supporting Actor ("Erin Brockovich")...received nine Golden Globes nominations, winning three ("Tom Jones", "Scrooge", and "The Gathering Storm")

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Jan-Michael Vincent
February 10th...Age 74
(American known for his role as "Stringfellow Hawke" in the TV show "Airwolf")
Lee Radziwill
February 15th...Age 85
(Sister of the late Jackie Kennedy Onasis...was the subject of many stories during the Kennedy presidency)

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Gene Littler
February 16th...Age 88
(Professional Golfer nicknamed "Gene the Machine"...Winner of 29 PGA Tours....Runner Up in 1954 PGA US Open...winner of 1961 US Open...accumulated 17 Top 10 finishes in the three top USA based major tournaments...7 in the Masters, 5 in the PGA Championship...5 in the US Open...elected to the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1990)

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George Mendonsa
February 17th...Age 95
(Famous for the World War II  August 14, 1945 Photo of "The Kiss")
February 19th...Age 92
(American Baseball player....member of the 1950s memorable Brooklyn Dodgers Team...Winner of National League "Rookie of the Year" in 1949, "Most Valuable Player" & "Cy Young Award" in 1956...unlike most pitchers, he had a .271 lifetime batting average and 15 home runs, often being used a a pinch hitter...was the third t Black pitcher to play Major League Baseball, and the first to ever start a World Series game)
Peter Tork
February  21st...Age 77
(American actor and musician...will always be known as the bass gutarist of "The Monkees")

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Katherine Helmond
February 23rd...Age 89
(American known in the role as "Jessica Tate" and won a Golden Globe Award in 1980 for "Best Actress in a Television Comedy" in the TV show "Soap"...and won a Golden Globe Award in 1989 for "Best Supporting Actress" in her role as "Mona Robinson" in the TV show "Who's The Boss")
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 Nathaniel Taylor
February  27th...Age 80
(American known for his role as "Rollo Lawson" on the hit TV Show "Sanford & Son")

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Andre Previn
February  28th...Age 89
(German American composer, pianist, and conductor...won 4 Academy Awards, 10 Grammy Awards and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award....former husband of actress Mia Farrow)


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"Terrible" Ted Lindsay
March 4th...Age 93
(Canadian Hockey player scoring over 800 points in his career...1944-1957 and again in 1964 with the Detroit Red Wings, with 3 years 1957-1960 with the Chicago Black Hawks...was a player on 4 Detroit Stanley Cup Champions...Red Wings retired  his #7 in 1991...inducted to the NHL Hall of Fame in 1966...was named as one of the Top 100 Greatest Players in NHL history)

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 Luke Perry
March 4th...Age 52
(American known for his role as  a teen idol in the role of "Dylan McKay" in the TV series "90210")

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Jed Allan
March 9th...Age 84
(American known for his roles as "C.P. Capwell" in the TV show "Days of Our Lives"..."Rush Sanders" on the TV show "Beverly Hills 90120"...received Soapy Award as "Best Actor in 1978 & 1979 for his "Days of Our Lives" role)

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Denise DuBarry 
March 23rd...Age 63
(American known for her role as nurse " Lt. Samantha Green" in the TV series "Black Sheep Squadron")


Dropping the Times Square Time Ball

An American Tradition for 112 Years

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The actual notion of a ball "dropping" to signal the passage of time dates back long before New Year's Eve was ever celebrated in Times Square.

The first "time-ball" was installed atop England's Royal Observatory at Greenwich in 1833.

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This ball would drop at one o'clock every afternoon, allowing the captains of nearby ships to precisely set their chronometers (a vital navigational instrument).
Around 150 public time-balls are believed to have been installed around the world after the success at Greenwich, though few survive and still work.
The tradition is carried on today in places like the United States Naval Observatory in Washington, DC, where a time-ball descends from a flagpole at noon each day...

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...and of course, once a year in Times Square, where it marks the stroke of midnight not for a few ships' captains, but for over one billion people watching worldwide.
Times Square never lives up to its “Crossroads of the World” reputation
more than on New Year’s Eve, when, for the past 112 years, throngs have assembled to watch the Times Square New Year’s Eve ball drop. 

The famous crystal ball slowly falls down a pole during the last minute of the old year, reaching the bottom and lighting up the moment the new year arrives. 

Here’s how the Times Square New Year’s Eve ball drop annual tradition began.

The famous promoter Oscar Hammerstein I got the idea when he built the Olympia Theater at West 44th Street and Times Square in 1895, joining a couple of smaller theaters.

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Oscar Hammerstein I 

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Olympia Theater 

Times Square, which sees millions of spectators file into the “bow tie” created by the intersection of 7th Avenue and Broadway between West 42nd and 47th Streets, has been the “Great White Way” since 1904.

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Times Square 1904

When New York Times owner Adolph Ochs began hosting fireworks displays to ring in the New Year to promote the newspaper’s new headquarters at the Times Tower, the illuminated “ball drop” from the tower was inaugurated in 1907.
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Adolph Ochs

The Times Tower, now known as One Times Square, became the  permanent home of the illuminated New Year’s Eve ball when metalworker Jacob Starr fashioned a 700-pound sphere made of iron and wood, 5 feet in diameter and featuring a hundred 25-watt incandescent bulbs. 

Starr’s studio, Artkraft Strass, was the manufacturer of all the various Times Square illuminated Times Tower spheres used on New Year’s Eve for most of the 20th century. 

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By contrast, the current ball manufactured by Waterford Crystal is 12 feet in diameter, weighs 11,875 pounds, and is covered with 2,688 Waterford crystal triangles that are handmade in Ireland. 

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In 1907 as now, the ball is gradually lowered down a flagpole heavy enough to accommodate it, reaching the bottom at midnight on January 1.

Since 2009, the illuminated ball has hovered 470 feet above the street atop One Times Square — visible all year round — only moving from its perch and dropping slowly downward at 11:59 p.m. on December 31. 

Watch the actual New York New Years Eve countdown to 2020 by clicking on this link:
The One Times Square building itself has greatly changed over the years, with the Times moving out in 1913 for larger offices on West 43rd Street, and then, in 2007, the “New Times Tower” on Eighth Avenue and West 41st Street. 

The old tower has been the home of large illuminated ads in recent years, as well as the “news zipper” with the daily headlines, since the 1920s.

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When the ball is dropped at the stroke of midnight, 3,000 pounds of confetti  rain down on revelers in Times Square. The show goes on no matter what the weather, even in snow and rain storms.

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  1. From Steve Lott...President of the Boxing Hall of Opinions

    Cool info.
  2. From Cary Opinions

    Fun...and Happy..a great way to end one year and  begin another one.
  3. From Isabel Opinions

    Very interesting.

    Happy & healthy New Year to you.
  4. From Robert Opinions

    Good one!
  5. From Mary Lee Opinions

    Great history….thanks for sharing…will share with others in TX and elsewhere! 

Burl Ives


A "Poetic Storyof Christmas

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Do you remember the late Burl Ives?  He was an actor and singer, and in June, had he lived he would have been 100 years old....yes:

100 Years Old

It was during his stellar career, that he recorded such songs as:

 "A Little Bitty Tear Let Me Down"

... and his immortal Christmas song...

"Have A Holly Jolly Christmas"

His animated Christmas classic film "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer" ...

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But there is another memorable moment in the archives of Burl Ives, a recording of a Christmas story that was penned by a man named James Barrett.

It's a mere 8 minutes in length, but tells the REAL STORY of the meaning of Christmas to all of the Christian faith...

...and today, though Santas, snowmen, home lit lights,  colorful holiday wrapped presents resting below decorated trees, and numerous holiday sounds fill the air, we at Anthem Opinions want to remember the real reason those of us of the Christian faith celebrate this day, the day our Savior was born.

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And with that in mind, we would like to commemorate that reason.

A "Poetic Storyof Christmas

 As Told by:

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Burl Ives

A Very Merry Christmas to all our readers !

  • From Mary Opinions

    Thank You for the good memories of Burl......Merry Christmas 
  • From Steve Opinions

    Wonderful video.

    Thank you.

    Burl Ives was a great actor also. I remember him with Newman and Taylor in “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.”
  • From Jill from Opinions

    Always interesting stories and a Merry Christmas to you and Marla.

    Ho Ho Ho
  • From Mary Lee Opinions

    Thanks for sharing. Great way to begin Christmas.

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    Time to Celebrate !

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    "The Eight Days of Hannukah"

    :"The Dreidel Song"

    Give Up Turkey for Thanksgiving?

    "Tomis Under Attack

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    Yes, it's true,  Thomas "First America" Turkey is under attack.

    The "vegans" want to ban Turkey from Thanksgiving !

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    PETA (People for Ethical Treatment Toward Animals), has declared war on America's family feast...the ever so tasty...

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    They even took money to sponsor a Television commercial that to date, NBC, has refused to air...during the annual Macy's parade !

    Here is PETA's latest to America's Turkey Slayers:

    "Thanksgiving can be the scariest time of year if you’re a turkey. More than 45 million of these fascinating birds are killed to disgrace Thanksgiving tables each year.

    In hopes of empowering kids everywhere to speak out as their families adorn their Thanksgiving tables with dead birds, PETA offers its Thanskgiving ad, ‘Grace.’ 

    In the ad, you hear from one straightforward little girl as she tells it exactly like it is for turkeys who are killed for holiday meals when asked to say grace around her family’s dinner table.

    Despite the fact that it contains nothing graphic, NBC has rejected the ad, which was submitted to air during the iconic Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

    When not forced to live on filthy factory farms, turkeys spend their days caring for their young, building nests, foraging for food, taking dust baths, preening themselves, and roosting high in trees.

    Regarded by many as little more than a holiday centerpiece, turkeys are as varied in personality as dogs and cats. They relish having their feathers stroked and like to chirp, cluck, and gobble along to their favorite 

    This year, give turkeys something to be thankful for—pledge to go vegan and leave them off your plate."

    We even have the video of the ad:

    However...this is not the first time the "vegans" had made an attempt to save old "Tom".  Here's another TV ad they used in the past.

    Well, with all this in mind, we at Anthem Opinions are taking a stand on this vital issue based on what we believe was legal precedence.

    In 1961 John F. Kennedy made the following speech asking Americans to:

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    And Tom...being American as apple pie, it's time and you and your descendants performed your annual patriotic duty to honor the late President.

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    We appreciate your sacrifice for the good of our tummies in honor of your patriotism that Abraham Lincoln initiated in 1863.  You've proved your worth to America since you graced the table of the Pilgrims in 1620 as well...

    ... and we salute you for your sacrifice !

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    That brings us to the 2019 annual "Presidential Turkey Pardon", and which critter would be chosen for "presidential honors".

    President Trump had put the matter to a national vote.

    One of two turkeys "Bread" and "Butter" had been determined to bear  the official pardon...the other, destined for a dinner plate.

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    Both had great resumes !

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    And when the time for decision was made, the "people" spoke sending "Bread to the dinner table, while "Butterwould be able to strut another day.

    At that point, we felt guilty about poor "Bread", and in hoping for an additional pardon, we sent a text to the President, hoping he might consider an additional option to his "choice list" prior to sending "Bread" to his doom....

    ...adding another contender for "the axe".  Our suggestion was...

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    ...and despite his apparent agreement with our suggestion, the matter required being sent to the House of Representatives Judicial Committee, which in turn sent it back to the House Intelligence Committee for a special hearing.

    However, all of the congressional forces had already left Washington, leaving poor "Bread" unable to plead his case for mercy.

    We tried desperately to save both of these two noble creatures, but despite our efforts, "Bread" was then sentenced to the gallows.  

    But alas  !!!   

    He escaped  !

    "Bread" was last seen in a first class seat on a plane to California accompanying the Speaker of House, claiming "chain migration" status !

    Oh well, all's well that ends well !

    But..for the record...

    Our vote would have saved both "Bread" and "Butter", but well...we'll have to see how next year works out for the contestants. you Vegans, it's...

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    ...for the rest of us !

    Anthem Opinions wishes all of you a wonderful TURKEY FILLING Thanksgiving.

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    We'll Close with...
     When we all Needed a Good "Smoke"


    Special Thanks to Sun City Anthem resident, John Schmidt, for sending this to us on this day of remembrance.

    A Veteran Died Today

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    He was getting old and paunchy
    And his hair was falling fast,
    And he sat around the Legion
    Telling stories of the past.

    Of a war that he once fought in
    And the deeds that he had done,
    In his exploits with his buddies;
    They were heroes, every one.

    And 'tho sometimes to his neighbors
    His tales became a joke,
    All his buddies listened quietly
    For they knew where of he spoke.

    But we'll hear his tales no longer,
    For ol' Joe has passed away,
    And the world's a little poorer
    For a Veteran died today.

    He won't be mourned by many,
    Just his children and his wife.
    For he lived an ordinary,
    Very quiet sort of life.

    He held a job and raised a family,
    Going quietly on his way;
    And the world won't note his passing,
    'Tho a Veteran died today .

    When politicians leave this earth,
    Their bodies lie in state,
    While thousands note their passing,
    And proclaim that they were great .

    Papers tell of their life stories
    From the time that they were young,
    But the passing of a Veteran
    Goes unnoticed, and unsung.

    Is the greatest contribution
    To the welfare of our land,
    Some jerk who breaks his promise
    And cons his fellow man?

    Or the ordinary fellow
    Who in times of war and strife,
    Goes off to serve his country
    And offers up his life?

    The politician's stipend
    And the style in which he lives,
    Are often disproportionate,
    To the service that he gives.

    While the ordinary Veteran,
    Who offered up his all,
    Is paid off with a medal
    And perhaps a pension, small.

    It is not the politicians
    With their compromise and ploys,
    Who won for us the freedom
    That our country now enjoys.

    Should you find yourself in danger,
    With your enemies at hand,
    Would you really want some cop-out,
    With his ever-waffling stand?

    Or would you want a Veteran
    His home, his country, his kin,
    Just a common Veteran,
    Who would fight until the end.

    He was just a common Veteran,
    And his ranks are growing thin,
    But his presence should remind us
    We may need his likes again.

    For when countries are in conflict,
    We find the Veteran's part,
    Is to clean up all the troubles
    That the politicians start.

    If we cannot do him honor
    While he's here to hear the praise,
    Then at least let's give him homage
    At the ending of his days.

    Perhaps just a simple headline
    In the paper that might say:


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    1. From Marcia Opinions

      This is one of the most beautiful poems I have ever read.

      Having spent all my professional life taking care of veterans, it really tugged at my heart.
    1. From Rana Schmidt via Anthem Opinions

      John, all I can say is WOW! You had me in tears.

      Thank you for sharing that poem. 


    A Catholic's Wish for
     Happy New Year

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    I've always tried to understand the numerous religions embraced by those in our world, and have come to the conclusion that to respect and understand them, one should know something about them, and how the overwhelming number of them share one common belief...that a stronger power exists that many, including myself, call God.

    Sun City Anthem is filled with many individuals of various faiths, and today, we celebrate a Jewish holiday called "Rosh Hashanah".

    Though Sun City Anthem is highly populated by those who share the Jewish faith, there is also a strong percentage of our community who have other beliefs; and I might add, know little about it !

    This article is for them, not those of the Jewish faith...but for those who know little about that religion.

    Why an article for non-Jews?

    Perhaps understanding the significance at this time of year that began last night and culminates with the highest of Jewish holidays, Yom Kipper,  at sundown on Wednesday, October 9th...

    ...known as the "10 Days of Penitence", during which Jews ask God for forgiveness and pray to be inscribed in the "Book of Life" for another year...

    ... might in some way allow all of us to understand each other...and...bring us a land that over 200 years ago, guaranteed in its constitution, one of our greatest and overlooked freedoms...that of religion.

    The "Book of Life" is symbolic of "God's journal" of those will be leave the material world in death during the next twelve months.

    So what is Rosh Hashanah?

    First, it began last night at sunset and is celebrated for the first two days of Tishri; the first Jewish month, but the seventh month according to the Christian calendar.  

    While the Christian world is celebrating the final quarter of 2019, the Jewish calendar will be celebrating the first day of the year, 5780.

    Why the year, 5780?  

    The Jewish faith believes that Adam and Eve's creation was in year 1, while  the Christian calendar began with the birth of Christ.

    Rosh Hashanah is the traditional anniversary of the creation of Adam and Eve, who were the first man and woman in the Jewish bible.

     (The story of Adam and Eve are in the first book of the Christian bible, Genesis, as well).

    The fest also embarks the significance realized by Adam and Eve about the importance of role of humanity in God’s world

    The rituals followed for Rosh Hashanah include the blowing of Shofar (hollow horn of Ram), making a sound like that of a trumpet to welcome in the New Year. 

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    This tradition is followed by  Yom Teruah, a raising of the noise.

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    What's its significance?

    Watch this short video.

    According to the rabbinical (a Hebrew title given to a Jewish scholar/teacher) customs, the tradition is to eat apples dipped in honey..

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    ....and this symbolizes a ‘sweet new year’.

    In Hebrew, ‘Rosh’ designates ‘head’, ‘ha’ means ‘the’ and ‘shanah’ means ‘year’. 

    Hence, the meaning of ‘Rosh Hashanah’ is ‘head (of) the year’, which refers to the Jewish new year day. 

    And here's the irony !

    The Hebrew term "Rosh Hashanah"...

    ...comes from the Arabic Ras as-Sanah, which was chosen as the name of Islamic New Year by the Muslim law makers.

    What do you say when you greet a person of the Jewish faith on this day?

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    It means...

    "May the Year ahead bring you...
    a happy, healthy, peaceful, and prosperous

    So, from a Catholic to all those unfamiliar with this Jewish Holiday, Anthem Opinions wishes the entire world...

    "Happy New Year...5780"

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    1. From Michael Opinions

      And a happy and health new year to you.
    2. From Mary Lee Opinions

      Beautifully written and greatly appreciated by all!

      I learned so much from this and am sharing it with many.

      Thank you!
    3. From Isabel Opinions

      Thanks for this.
    4. From Sarelle Opinions

      I wish you and Marla a healthy New Year!
    5. From Karl Riehn of Opinions

      Interesting info. I learned something!  
    6. From Jill Opinions

      You are so amazing & and write so beautifully.

      Thank you for writing this and most of all, sending it to all. 
    7. From Elizabeth Opinions

      Wow - how beautiful and helpful too, since we are often asked.

      This helps explain the holiday to those who have no clue.

      To you and Marla: Shana Tovah Tikatevu
    8. From Rana Opinions


    A Man...A Mission


    A Sack of Flour

    I'm sure you've never heard of this individual, but "a long time ago", a man existed whose dedication to those injured in war...would forever become a "lost" part of Nevada history.

    His name...

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      Reuel Colt Gridley

    Reuel Gridley was born on January 23, 1829 in Hannibal (the same town another man named Sam Clemens spent his childhood) in the "Show Me State" of Missouri. 

    Sam was 6 years younger than Reuel, but because of the manner in which children were educated at the time,  the two would be school classmates.

    His "family tree" was as "Americana" as could be, being a fourth generation American...his great grandfather migrating from England to Connecticut in 1630 !

    On his grandmother's side of the family, were the "Colts" of Connecticut, who invented the "Coltfirearm.

    Reuel loved his country...and served as an enlisted man in the Mexican American War from 1846 to 1848.

    After the war, he went back to Missouri, and in 1850, he met and married the lovely "Susan Snyder" of Louisiana... Sam Clemens, the taste of "adventure" would lead he and Susan to California in 1852 by way of boat, traveling through the Isthmus of Pamana to San Francisco.

    The California Gold Rush had opened "the West" and the Gridleys wanted to be a part of it !

    Over the next ten years, Reuel would work as a miner, an auctioneer, a newspaper reporter, was a banker, and ended up running a courier the town of ParadiseCalifornia.

    ...he'd do just about anything to make a living !

    Then...somewhere between 1860 and 1864, after years of accomplishing little success in "Paradise", he, Susan, and his growing family moved to the small silver mining town of Austin, Nevada.

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    ...and that's where our story really begins !

    By 1864, Reuel was part owner in a general store in Austin, when during a local election, Reuel made a bet..

    ..a bet that would place him in Nevada history books forever thereafter.

    Reuel Gridley was a staunch Democrat, and during that April, 1864 mayoral election he made a bet with a friend, a Dr. Herrick, the Republican mayoral candidate...that the Democrat would win.

    The Democrat LOST and Reuel had to pay up...

    ...the bet...

    ...the loser would have to carry a 50 pound sack of flour through the town accompanied by a brass band...a distance of about 1.25 miles..while playing the tune "John Brown's Body" .

    (I'm sure you'll recognize the tune)

    It was all done in good fun and following the "parade" through the town, Reuel, his friends, and a group of both Democrats and Republicans, decided to celebrate at a local present the sack of flour to the victorious Dr. Herrick !

    ...but...Dr. Herrick didn't want the sack of flour...

    ...and as a result, it was in that tavern that Reuel Colt Gridley would conceive an idea that would lead him to fame !

    Being a veteran having fought in the Mexican American War, he knew firsthand the sanitary problems vets faced while in battle and how it would affect them when they returned home. was 1864 at the time of the bet, and the United States was in the midst of the Civil War.

    So...Reuel decided...

    "let's turn this losing bet into something positive...let's make lemonade out of the lemon" !

    And so he did....

    While in the tavern,  his old auctioneer experience came back to him and he decided to auction the SACK OF FLOUR he had been forced to carry though the town, donating the full proceeds to the US Sanitary Commission, a private relief agency for the benefit of wounded Union soldiers.

    The winning bid was rumored to be from Reuel himself at $300; and after paying the $300 for the sack, he promptly DONATED the SACK to be resold AGAIN !

    And so, in the spirit of helping wounded Union soldiers, the crowd continued to buy the sack and donate it again and again to be resold for that noble cause.

    By the time the evening ended, reports of between $2,500 and $8,000 had been collected.

    But that was just the beginning...

    His old schoolmate, Sam Clemens, who was also living in Nevada at that time, heard about it...and decided to make it a story in his local Virginia City newspaper.

    And...when Virginia City got involved after the Clemens story....the "hobnobs" arrived in a parade with expensive show the town that the "Who's Whowould also do their part.

    That parade netted an additional $40,000 for the Sanitary Commission when the Virginia City elite would buy and RE-DONATE that sack of flour again and again.

    Reuel wasn't through...he then decided to journey to San Francisco, and from there he traveled across the county all the way back to St. Louis in Missouri.

    When all was said and done, the total amount collected through the sale and continuous donation of the sack of flour, amounted to between...

    $250,000 to $275,000

    ...a hefty sum in 1864 dollars.  

    The last sack was sold in April, 1865.

    As time passed and his celebrity faded from memory, Reuel, in his passion, had sadly neglected his own well-being.

    He returned to Austin, Nevada in failing health, having depleted his personal funds.

    His store was nearly bankrupt, the silver mining was dying out, and as a result, he was penniless.

    He left Nevada and traveled back to Stockton, California, where he continued to face financial hardship and ill health.

    One day, a Stockton resident recognized him, and tried desperately to assist him and his family in their hour of need; but Reuel was a proud man, refusing to accept any form of financial charity....

    ...but finally accepted the medical attention he needed so badly.

    With the town now aware of his plight, he was able to obtain employment and an eventual partnership with a man named Henry Sargeant, in a local town market.

    Reuel would soon become a pillar of society in Stockton, California over the next few years following the end of the Civil War...

    ...but finally, due to poor health, he and his wife and four children, moved back to where the "old West" story had begun...

    ...Paradise, California.

    On November 24, 1870...he died at the young age of just 41 years.

    He is buried in Stockton, California where the residents, with 25 cent donations, built this memorial to that patriotic American who had demonstrated kindness and generocity his entire life.

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    The monument bears these words:

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    But death wouldn't end the story of Reuel Gridley !

    His pal, Sam Clemens, had changed his name to Mark Twain, wrote a book, and published it in 1886, in which the story of Reuel Gridley became an integral part...

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     In 2003, the Reuel Gridley store located in Austin, Nevada was placed on the "National Registry of Historic Places"

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    But we can't end our story without...

    The Flour Sack !

     The actual Flour Sack that Reuel Gridley carried from town to town 155 years still in existence...

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    ...and is proudly displayed at Nevada History Society in Reno, Nevada.

    Dick Arendt

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