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As we approach the 51st anniversary month of the assassination of John F. Kennedy, a new biography, “Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis: The Untold Story,” by Barbara Leaming, is released. The subtitle, “The Untold Story,” is appropriate as it reveals intimate details, conversations, and correspondence which I think the American public has not been privy to earlier. As a devoted fan of Jackie’s like so many of us young women were in the ’60s, I continued to admire her through the years and thought I had read everything written about her. Yet in this biography I felt I was getting to know the real person, not the public figure. I think Leaming has captured Jackie’s thought processes and motivations for many of her actions following the assassination. Although not always presented in a flattering light, by the end of the book, I found myself admiring her even more, yet with a deep sorrow for what she endured throughout her life that the public was probably not aware of.
Throughout our nation’s history, our country has called upon America’s finest to defend the ideals we cherish so deeply. They come from all walks of life. They are fathers and mothers, brothers and sisters, sons and daughters.
Ducey dodges veterans
I served our country on an A-Team with the U.S. Army Special Forces (the Green Berets) during the Vietnam War. After honorably completing my years of service, I returned home, only to find that veterans like me were left to rebuild and recover from the war with very little support or understanding from the community.
Let’s face it, America and the West are failing now on the world stage. Particularly in the Middle East, fanatical Islamists are riding a huge wave of success. The convert-or-die crowd seems close to establishing the long-desired caliphate of regional Islamic hegemony.
If President Obama negotiates a massive new trade bill but doesn’t tell the general public about it, can it still go into effect? Can it still deplete our jobs and prosperity, the way past trade agreements like NAFTA and the recent Korean trade agreement have? Can it still lead to a destructive trade deficit?
Las Vegas • After the four teams involved in the Barry Sollenberger Classic get back together at the respective facilities this week, the first game of the 2014 football season will forever be in the record books.
Come Jan. 1, thousands of Arizona veterans and others suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder will soon be able to obtain marijuana legally.
Trevor Sapp, a 2009 graduate of Mountain Pointe High School, graduate and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., becoming a third generation military officer on May 28. Trevor is the son of William and Allyson Sapp of La Mesa, Calif., former longtime residents of Ahwatukee.
Note to Andrew Walter’s guest commentary on June 1 (“Today’s Phoenix VA is tomorrow’s Obamacare,” AFN). As an independent voter, I will vote in the upcoming Republican primary. I watch with interest what spews forth from the candidates. It appears Mr. Walter was too busy at Arizona State University to take classes that would have enhanced his reading comprehension. The Affordable Health Care act is not “government-run health care.” Those effected by the AHC still visit their “private” health care provider. Paid for by those “private” health care insurance providers. Works the same as your current private health care insurance, which I presume is somehow connected to the NFL pension and benefits you enjoy. You go to the doctor, the doctor bills your insurer, and that HMO decides what and how much to pay. As a Vietnam vet, I watch the unfolding issue with the VA with great interest.
Watching and reading the news lately has been even more distressing than usual. It isn’t just the content, although that has been particularly grim. As one who grew up with Walter Cronkite every night, the news increasingly resembles a school playground with pre-teens shouting at each other.
Administrators from Kyrene Akimel A-al Middle School invited community members Thursday morning to celebrate its 21st annual Patriotic Day, honoring veterans and those serving in the military.
Two filmmakers who directed and produced a 2013 documentary about Muhammad Ali will speak during a free screening of their film on March 20 in Mesa.
Once again, we see America supporting the “dirty end” of the political stick. We are (or soon will be) supplying money and weapons to the “al-Queda” Islamists in Syria (the Islamic state of Iraq, the Levant, Ahrar al-Sham to name a few of these crazies who practice cannibalism, beheadings and the like). Now we are to climb in bed with Neo-Nazi’s in Ukraine (Svoboda, Patriots of Ukraine, Spilna Sprava, Afgantsy and the Ukrainian Insurgent Army to name just a few).
Gov. Jan Brewer is building up her war chest to help elect like-minded Republicans to Congress.
As of Thursday, all previously identified chronically homeless veterans are under a roof, Mayor Greg Stanton, the City Council and Project H3 Vets announced.
As you survey the political landscape, what do you see? Support for capitalism and liberty or an intransigent proclivity for control and political power? Intellectual pragmatism or crony capitalism? The truth of history or the lies of an imaginary future? The support of economic growth or the oppressive regulations of socialism?
Step right up and meet the man who, some say, is the greatest man in American history — George Washington. Though, you will actually be meeting George Fairfax, the man who portrays Washington for a living. Originally from Virginia, Fairfax lives and breathes Washington and will transport you through time to a place where the General is the most respected man in the country.
In a scary new venture, Rush Limbaugh has announced publication of a children’s history book, “Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims,” intended to correct what he and his fellow troglodytes consider historical distortions in currently used school books. Having bamboozled millions of angry, racist old white men, Limbaugh is expanding his propaganda victims. According to Limbaugh, children shouldn’t be taught about our broken Indian treaties; our former dictator-propping foreign policy; and similarly unpleasant historical facts.
Veterans Day is a time where the country honors those who have served in the military, and Kyrene de la Colina Elementary School commemorated them Friday morning during a special ceremony.
The struggles veterans face when coming home from duty are all too familiar to Vietnam veteran Ken Barner.
In my monthly book club group we open the discussion with just a word and a number — how much we enjoyed the book on a scale of 1-10 and one word that best describes it for us.
Novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald once famously declared “there are no second acts in American lives.” But the writer didn’t live long enough to see The Rascals prove him wrong.
Novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald once famously declared “there are no second acts in American lives.” But the writer didn't live long enough to see The Rascals prove him wrong.
1399: King Richard II became the first English monarch to abdicate his throne.