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If necessity is truly the mother of all invention, then experience is the father. Necessity and experience combined to create Veterans Life, our new monthly publication for the 38,000 veterans that call Kitsap County home. And, we mean the veterans of all seven uniformed services that comprise five generations of war time service – including the long years of the Cold War. The necessity comes from general lack of ability of the main stream press to focus on the true needs and issues facing America’s veterans – a large population. It happens simply because there are not that many veterans employed in the newspaper business to begin with. And, the truth of the matter is that non-veterans, no matter how motivated, cannot understand the plethora of complex issues, events, needs and concerns surrounding the veteran community. For the most part, newspapers and the at-large media parade veterans on their front pages twice a year – Memorial Day and Veterans Day. Here in Central Kitsap, for a day, we add the Armed Forces Day Parade route full of veterans and active duty. Much of our experience comes in the form of editor Greg Skinner, who served with several infantry regiments from 1987 to 1994 in Germany, the Middle East and stateside. Then, for 18 years worked his way through veteran issues and health and education benefits. The rest of the experience will come from our readers. In the pages of this issue, you’ll find Veterans Life, a monthly news and feature magazine that explores the “geographica” of veterans life in Kitsap County. Written for veterans and edited by a veteran, our mission is to build a monthly newsmagazine that you can count on for needed information on befits and veterans rights as well as the trends in local veteran issues and the general goings on in the community. This week, we’ve delivered it to everyone in the county because census data shows that the veterans are everywhere here. In the following months you’ll be able to get a copy of Veterans Life at more than 100 locations from Bainbridge Island to Port Orchard, see the locations list on page 14 of this week’s paper.

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Harry Truman was a different kind of president. He probably made as many, or more, important decisions regarding our nation’s history as any of the other 32 presidents preceding him. However, a measure of his greatness may rest on what he did after he left the White House. The only asset he had when he died was the house he lived in, which was in Independence, Missouri. His wife had inherited the house from her mother and father and other than their years in the White House, they lived their entire lives there. When he retired from office in 1952, his income was a U.S. Army pension reported to have been $13,507.72 a year. Congress, noting that he was paying for his stamps and personally licking them, granted him an “allowance” and later a retroactive pension of $25,000 per year. After President Eisenhower was inaugurated, Harry and Bess drove home to Missouri by themselves. There was no secret service following them. When offered corporate positions at large salaries, he declined, stating, “You don’t want me. You want the office of the president, and that doesn’t

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Different kind of politics

belong to me. It belongs to the American people and it’s not for sale.” Even later, on May 6, 1971, when Congress was preparing to award him the Medal of Honor on his 87th birthday, he refused to accept it, writing, “I don’t consider that I have done anything which should be the reason for any award, Congressional or otherwise.” As president, he paid for all his own travel expenses and food. Modern politicians have found a new level of success in cashing in on the presidency, resulting in untold wealth. Today, many in Congress also have found a way to become quite wealthy while enjoying the fruits of their offices. Political offices are now for sale, for example, Illinois. Good old Harry Truman was correct when he observed, “My choices in life were either to be a piano player in a whore house or a politician. And to tell the truth, there’s hardly any difference.” Florence Meyer Bremerton

Newt’s effect For Rick Santorum, or anyone else for this matter, they believe that he could beat Mitt Romney only if Newt Gingrich withdraws from the race, is to indulge in mathematical fantasy. The latest delegate count shows Romney with 495, Santorum

252, Gingrich 131, and Ron Paul 48, yet the combined total of the three is 64 less than Romney’s. Starting after the Nevada primary, there was never an instance when the combined total delegates of these three ever exceeded Romney’s after each primary contest and the trend of the margins between candidates remained constant. Should Gingrich drop out of the race, each remaining candidate must garner the number of delegates to reach the 1,144 mark and expressed in percentage of the remaining delegates as follows: Romney, 649, or 48 percent; Santorum, 761, or 67 percent; and Paul, 1096, or 96 percent. It is highly improbable for Santorum to close this 19 percent gap with Romney because there is no guarantee that all of Gingrich delegates will choose Santorum over Romney and the remaining Northeastern states, bastion of moderate conservatism where Romney is believed to have strong support, have yet to have their primaries. Moreover, various polls show 73 to 80 percent of republicans believe that Romney will be the presidential nominee. So, even if Gingrich quits, Santorum has a 19 percent more difficulty than Romney in securing the nomination for president. Noel C. Sim Bremerton

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March 23, 2012 edition of the Central Kitsap Reporter

Central Kitsap Reporter, March 23, 2012  

March 23, 2012 edition of the Central Kitsap Reporter