A great neighbor
I am saddened to find out that Bill Duffey has passed on. Although I have never met the man, I feel I have known him since moving here 10 years ago.
As I would leave the hill (Groveland) every Monday morning to work in the Bay Area and return on Friday, I would always give a wave at the mannequin as a good luck wave to allow me to return safely from work.
Well today, I am retired and feel that Duffey was a great person
and always touched people’s hearts through the many costumes he put on
the mannequin. I am not just speaking for myself as others that I know
always shared the same feelings and always wondered what was next.
I will continue to wave, as I know Duffey is here in spirit.
Thanks for making my journey safe. My condolences to the Duffey family for your loss of a wonderful man.
Joe Olivera, Groveland
As our Congressional leaders discuss the issues of the economic meltdown of our financial institutions and economy, those on the left and the right seem to want to approach the problems on a partisan and also a bipartisan open-mindedness to the other party.
Both the left and right try to lean to the middle but not so far as to lose sight of their core values. It seems however, that sometimes the core values meld into a muddle of rhetoric by politicians that confuses their fellow colleagues and the general public as to what’s going on and what to do about it. They have yet to arrive at the middle with a general, meaningful and workable solution to the credit crisis and liquidity in the marketplace. Round, round the merry-go-round goes.
I tend to think credit isn’t the answer. I think cash is the answer. You know, money, greenbacks.
If I was handling the situation I’d take the $700 billion, get it changed into $20’s, load it onto airplanes and begin a money-drop, all across the United States. This would help pull us out of the recession by creating a cash flow, put people back to work, increase tax revenues and put a smile on people’s faces once again.
It’s not a perfect plan for sure, but it’s better than bailing out Wall Street, the mismanaged auto industry and watching one or two people in our government dole out billions of dollars to who knows who or where.
My plan would be transparent, accountable and in keeping with the phrase, “Keep it simple, stupid.”
Larry P. Johnson, Tuolumne
I remember during the early ‘90s growing up as a gay youth in a small city in southern California was not an easy task. The beatings, name calling, the pure humiliation caused by those with no tolerance. The constant state of never letting your guard down was overwhelming and brought anger and confusion.
One day after school, I was waiting for the city bus. I was being attacked once again by local bullies, when the bus had pulled up to my stop I stumbled onto the bus crying, clothing torn, red faced, busted lip, aching both physically and mentally. I felt a soft touch to my hand then a heartfelt grasp of my palm and an angelic voice said to me, “Child, you dry those tears ... let it make you strong, there is no shame in being different, you too shall overcome ...” Till this day it has been my fondest memory.
It was an elderly beautiful African American woman on a bus one late afternoon that brought me hope and strength to fight back.
From that day on I became a fighter. That beautiful angel of a woman gave me the courage to fight for the rights of all humanity. For we are all equal, we all deserve the same rights and respect.
Beaux T. Baker, Jamestown
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