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The Last Flight Cont. from Page 6

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But he’ was a stubborn cuss. Folks who live in Indiana are like that, you know. One of these days we had hoped he’d get around to it. We hoped. But sadly, his death intervened.

He can hear them bark . . . he can smell them . . . but when he eagerly runs over to play with them . . . he doesn’t have a clue where they are.

Max, you see, has cataracts.

Chris Hofer, owner of San Marcos Kennels (and a great champion for dogs of all kinds) has taken it upon herself to help promote a “gofundme” campaign to raise the funds necessary to get Max cataract surgery so he can see once again. Chris is doing this in memory of her late son, Larry Delaney, who loved and cared for animals of all

Man About Town Cont. from Page 4

(I have watched sadly as a Persian man and his wife showed me pictures of their home in Persia . . . before and after. Before, a beautiful home. After, ruins. The power structure had come in and destroyed and burned down his home. Because they were Baha’i. They were forced to flee to America. I have met many Persians who have gone through similar persecutions. Not allowed to attend university, not allowed to pursue meaningful employment, not allowed to enter the professions, etc.)

I have fallen in love with the Persian people. If I were younger, I would learn to speak Farsi. I would love to be able to converse with more Persians. I just love them as a people and it hangs heavy on my heart that there is enmity between Persia and the US. The enmity, of course, is between the power structures, not the people. Were it left to the people we would embrace one another and celebrate with a mighty feast.

If you have the opportunity, introduce yourself to the Persian community. You will be richer for it. So will they. If I can help you meet Persians, let me know. Be happy to assist. A Pup could use some help

Max is a pup of about 8 years old that’s 56 years old in dog years.

Max is a lovable little cuss. He loves to play with the other puppies except he has one problem. He can’t see them.

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Sometimes he comes to a wall and is confused as to why he can’t go any farther. He can’t see the wall. He just knows there’s something there that is blocking him.

Kent Ballard - RIP

I got to know O’mead even better than I have over the past several years. He is one of those men who absolutely exudes love . . . for his family, for his world, for all things. He is Baha’i (and, in my heart, I think I probably am as well) and part of their faith is to always be positive, to think and do kind things. I don’t believe I’ve ever met a more gentle, kindly people than Persians (they prefer the term Persians to Iranians; Iran was a name given to the country by the late Shah). The Baha’i are a minority religion in Persia and have been heavily persecuted for their beliefs.

Historically Speaking

types ever since he was a kid. Larry died all to soon from cancer, just a few weeks ago. Chris knows that Larry would be leading the march to raise funds for Max . . . so she’s jumping in big time. It’s probably gonna run around $4000 to get both eyes done with cataract surgery . . . but once the surgery is done, just watch Max run and play with all those other pups . . . and to rediscover trees, and grass, and shrubs, and, yes, fire hydrants.

The Man Who Would Have Been President

Henry Agard Wallace, born Oct. 7, 1888, nearly became president back in 1945, but the Democrat party bosses dumped him for a second term as vice president at the 1944 convention in exchange for a rather obscure senator from Missouri – Harry S. Truman.

Wallace was our 33rd vice president, serving from 1941 through 1945. At the 1944 Democrat convention, some 65 percent of the delegates wanted him for a second term as V.P., but party bosses feared Franklin D. Roosevelt wouldn’t last through another term; they were worried Wallace was too much of a progressive liberal and wouldn’t finish the War against Germany and Japan. The bosses maneuvered Wallace out and within less than a year Truman became president upon FDR’s death on April 12, 1945.

You can contribute there with those little plastic things called credit cards.

Once the cataracts surgery is done you can probably get an invite to meet Max. I reckon it’s fairly certain that he’ll recognize you and give you a great big slobbery kiss. Any questions . . . call Chris Hofer at 760 .594.6444. ••••• Always had a hankering to go off in the woods and walk silently, enjoying the sights and sounds of animal life, of the flora and fauna?

Now’s your chance to shod those tootsies of yours in fine, fine comfort that will allow you to walk silently.

Check out the ad on page 16 of this here paper. The Indian Store is having a sale and you can buy some mighty fine authentic Indian mocassins at some very attractive rates.

While you’re there, see if you can find Larry Benson, the owner. Chances are he’ll give you a personal tour of his store (which is more like a museum of fine Indian art and culture than a store. Fascinating visit every time we go there and Larry’s a great story teller.

Boos echoed through the convention hall in 1940, when Roosevelt's choice of Wallace was announced, and the delegates seemed on the verge of rebellion. It was only after Roosevelt threatened to decline the nomination and Eleanor Roosevelt delivered a conciliatory speech that they grudgingly yielded. Wallace received the support of 626 votes, some 59 percent of the 1,100 delegates when nominated at the convention. As of 2017, Wallace remains the last Democratic vice president who never served in the United States Senate and indeed the last vice president of any party who had not previously held any elected office.

Although a Gallup poll taken just before the 1944 Democratic National Convention found 65 percent of those surveyed favored re-nomination for Wallace and only 2 percent favored Truman, it was the Missouri senator who went on to win the vice presidential nomination. During the 1944 Democratic convention Wallace had a favorable lead on the other candidates for the vice presidential nomination, but lacked the majority needed to win the nomination. In a turn of events much scrutinized, just as Wallace began to receive the votes needed for the nomination, the convention was deemed “a fire hazard” and bosses pushed back voting to the next day. When the convention resumed Truman made a jump from 2 percent in the polls all the way to winning the nomination, Truman succeeded to the Presidency when FDR died.

During his later years Wallace made a number of advances in the field of agricultural science. His many accomplishments included a breed of chicken that at one point accounted for the overwhelming majority of all egg-laying chickens sold across the globe. The Henry A. Wallace Beltsville Agricultural Research Center, the largest agricultural research complex in the world, is named for him.

If you’d like to help, all you need to do is pull those cobwebs away from that wallet of yours and pull out several green colored bills . . . or, go to the gofund me website which is: fg.me/u/u9ejn.

Which are the best kind.

Southerners, distrusted Wallace. The old guard Democratic Party bosses thought Wallace was a Republican in disguise and as a doe-eyed mystic who symbolized all that they found objectionable about what they saw as the hopelessly utopian, market-manipulating, bureaucracy-breeding New Deal.

For the first two terms of FDR, Wallace was the Secretary of Agriculture (1933–1940), and after the election of 1944, he was the Secretary of Commerce (1945–1946).

Wallace was a strong supporter of FDR’s New Deal liberalism, and softer policies towards the Soviet Union. His public feuds with other officials and unpopularity with party bosses in major cities caused significant controversy during his time as V.P. under Roosevelt in the midst of World War II. As Agriculture Secretary, Wallace's policies were controversial: to raise prices of agricultural commodities he instituted the slaughtering of hogs, plowing up cotton fields, and paying farmers to leave some lands fallow. His family was publisher of the popular farm publication, “Wallace Farmer” of Des Moines, Ia. The conservative wing of the Democratic Party, many of them

In 1950 during the McCarthy era, when North Korea invaded South Korea, Wallace broke with the Progressives and backed the U.S.-led effort in the Korean War. Despite this, according to Wallace's diary, after his 1951 Senate Internal Security Subcommittee testimony, opinion polls showed he was only beaten by gangster Lucky Luciano as the "least approved man in America,” He wrote various letters to "people who he thought had maligned him" and advocated the re-election of President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1956. In 1961, President-elect John F. Kennedy invited Wallace to his inauguration ceremony, even though he had supported Kennedy's opponent Richard Nixon.

Wallace first experienced the onsets of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) in 1964. He died in Danbury,Conn., on Nov. 18, 1965. His remains were cremated and the ashes interred in Glendale Cemetery in Des Moines, Iowa.

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The Paper - July 13, 2017  
The Paper - July 13, 2017