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11/18/2012 6:00:00 AM
Editorial Column: Hold the onions - it's for Joe

Erin Taylor
Miner Staff Reporter


I first met Joe Schelcher about a year ago after the 94-year-old World War II vet had seemingly just discovered the English translation of a Mexican dish at a restaurant on Northern Avenue.

"That's not a chile relleno," he said at a volume that made you wonder if his hearing aid was turned on. "It's a (gosh-darned) stuffed pepper."

My boyfriend and I ran into Joe every couple of weeks at La Palma, mostly on Thursday nights. We were there when he celebrated what turned out to be his last birthday with friends and family. He always ordered the same thing, though I can't remember it. An enchilada of some sort. "And no onions," he always said. "You said you wanted onions?" the owner Zoila would tease. "No, no onions!"

Joe died last month. His obituary ran in the Miner this past Sunday. It was short and sweet but nowhere did it mention his love of enchiladas, his distaste for onions or the fact that he could look up Arizona Diamondback scores on his smartphone faster than I can dial a number.

I was unsuccessful in tracking down Joe's family members to express my condolences, so if they're reading this, I want you to know how much we enjoyed running into your dad at dinner and how seeing him always put us in a better mood. Our Thursday nights just got a little less fun.

•••

As of Friday morning, all but one candidate's signs remained on Election Row across from the Walmart entrance on Airway Avenue. A few other stragglers have been left up around town.

As a friendly reminder, the Kingman and Mohave County ordinances state that signs must be removed 15 days after an election. That would be the middle of next week, so there's still time left on the clock.

On this subject, I think I speak for those on both sides of the political aisle: We'd like to forget about this election as quickly as possible and would appreciate the signs being pulled sooner rather than later.


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Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, January 3, 2013
Article comment by: Linda Athens

Rest in peace Joe. Amazing how many people live to be in their 90's in this area.

My question, how can you love enchiladas without also loving onions?

We're losing so many of The Greatest Generation. When you feel a little less proud of your country, as I do right now, read a WWII book and puff your chest out in pride a little more. Nothing beats the bravery of our WWII vets. Citizen soldiers. Couldn't be beaten in the Revolutionary War. Couldn't be beaten in WWII once we got there. White crosses across Europe tell the story of our country sacrificing for the care of others.


Posted: Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Article comment by: Sheila Machado

!st of all I'd like to thank your reporter Erin Taylor.. For running this story about my Grandfather Joe. The woman who told the story, knew my Grandfather well. In fact I hate "Onions" too. I wanted to let her know that my family did find your letter and we all appreciated it, especially my Mom Jean (joe's Daughter) who came to visit him every month.. We had a celebration for him at Grandpa's Diner, where he had breakfast every morning.. Thanks again for your kind thoughts.. We all will miss him very Much.. Sheila



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