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Category: Columns

My intent is to scare you

As a long-ago firefighter, Marine and career spook, I am awed by Ukrainian patriotism, bravery, guts, skills and endurance in the face of Putin’s (no honorific) unjustified, horrific destruction rained down on Ukraine and its people.

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The magic of books

Books are truly magic. They allow us to get lost in fantastic worlds and make us laugh as well as cry. I love to read. I will read anything with writing on it. Book banning is the most widespread form of censorship in the United States. The American Library Association (ALA) has a list of books banned from libraries, schools and universities. I was shocked by many of the books on the list.

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Dangerous times ahead: Watching our six in Asia

The bromance of China’s Xi Jinping and Russia’s Vladimir Putin on display at the Beijing Olympics signaled a growing political, economic and military cooperation and implies a joint threat capability vis-a-vis NATO and U.S. alliances in Asia.

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