|Sunday, June 06, 2004||ISSUE #322|
Weekly Comments: World Mourns Reagan
# 322, June 6, 2004
WILDCAT, West Va.: Our Nation, and half the world, came to a halt yesterday (June 5). Ronald Reagan died at 93, ten years after telling us he had Alzheimer's disease.
We knew the day was coming, but you're never really ready for sad news.
Along with the sadness, the old cowboy's humor and laughter shine through. He loved to laugh and have us laugh along with him. Lord knows not everybody agreed with him, but you couldn't help sharing a smile in admiration of his firm convictions.
You've already seen hours of television and millions of words written about him and his life, so I won't attempt to contribute any more, except for two ideas: first, at the service in the Washington Cathedral, seated along with our former Presidents, I hope they reserve space for Mr. Mondale, Ted Kennedy, John Kerry and maybe a few others. President Bush could invite Sen. Kerry to sit beside him... wouldn't that be a nice gesture. Second (and I know a bunch of you are going to jump me on this one), we need to let our scientists get on with this stem cell research. It's up to you folks that sit in the back pews on Sunday, not our leaders, to turn the tide on this one. They've already picked a stance, either for or against, and they can't budge till they see a change out in the land. Alzheimer's, diabetes, spinal cord injuries and other afflictions just might be treated or cured or prevented if we give our crack scientists a chance to work on it a few years.
Well, I didn't even get to D-day, or the weather (it's rained 7 out of the last 9 days here), or even why I'm at a place today (Sunday) called Wildcat. Mostly, it was a good week, and I'll fill you in on it in a few days.
Historic quotes from Will Rogers:
"if you have ever been an Actor why it just about ruins you for any useful employment for the rest of your natural life." WA #305, Oct. 28, 1928
(Written after the death of President Warren G. Harding, in San Francisco Aug. 2, 1923)
(after former Calvin Coolidge died...)
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