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8/5/2012 6:01:00 AM
Kingman Column: Your guide to good deeds

Rich Thurlow
Editor


Ever come across a name that sounds familiar but you can't put it in context?

That happened when the Miner received an event notice online from Brittany Pareses. I've searched the archives and my memory and have drawn blanks.

In the future, though, I'll think of that name and associate it with good deeds.

Her message:

"My name is Brittany Pareses, my husband and I grew up in Kingman but currently reside in Germany with the military. Our local hospital, Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, is where injured soldiers in Afghanistan are flown for treatment. I've started a project, Operation Admiration, in hopes to boost recovering soldiers' spirits. Sometimes all a soldier needs to hear is that someone is thankful for what they are doing and had to sacrifice. If you'd like to contribute a letter, or donate a care package, please email your letter to operationadmiration@gmail.com.

"I print out the letters and hand deliver them to the soldiers. Thank you!"

If you've got some time on your hands and a computer hooked up to the Internet at your disposal, a few words from the heart would be welcome. Here's a sample, and feel free to borrow from it if you think it's worthy:

"Dear Wounded Warrior:

"Although what is happening on the ground in Afghanistan seldom makes the news, the men and women serving there and the sacrifices they make for their country have not been forgotten.

"I want you to know how much I appreciate and admire what you have done. You have answered the call and honored the tradition of service to the United States, risking your own personal safety in the process.

"Thank you again and know that I am praying for your recovery.

"Sincerely, (don't forget to add your name)."

Let's show Brittany that Kingman cares.

•••

Speaking of good deeds, the Miner has noted the ongoing struggles of the Kingman Food Bank and is lending a hand - with your help.

If you renew your subscription for a minimum of six months, the Miner will donate $10 to the food bank.

Many of you read the news that St. Mary's Food Bank Alliance has increased its help to the Kingman food bank by 140,000 additional pounds of food each month. That's huge, but it doesn't mean those of us who can help don't need to.

It would be great if the food bank had bell ringers just like the Salvation Army does at the holidays. But since they don't, let the Miner throw the Kingman Area Food Bank a 10-spot on your behalf.

•••

Here's one conversation that won't be heard in the Miner newsroom prior to the Aug. 28 primary election.

Angry red-faced candidate: This letter to the editor says I haven't paid my taxes in 10 years. Now it's too late for me to get a letter in saying that's not true.

Me: What's the big deal? Harry Reid repeats the same lie about Mitt Romney and no one gets excited.

The reason we won't be having that conversation, or anything remotely close to it, is because we have ceased publication of letters from candidates and letters for and against specific candidates. The policy applies to county offices such as the supervisor races, as well as the state House and Senate races.

The race for president isn't included, which means that readers are going to skip to the end to make sure they don't read yet another letter from - A) Lori Gabriel-Dane or; B) Linda Athens - and possibly have to commit themselves.

And if Danny Baker doesn't send in another letter soon, I'll forget to use that "Romney not perfect" headline I've been saving for the occasion.

•••

I couldn't help the caller. She wanted to submit an unsigned letter because she doesn't want to harm her business.

The letter, she said, might anger a few of her customers.

I had to ask what issues she was talking about and she told me. Why, she asked, is it against the rules to raise five chickens in town when it's OK for the neighbor's dogs to bark all night?

I don't have a good answer to that one. None are available, in my opinion.

Her second question - and especially her reaction to it - is worth repeating. She noted that recently members of the Council had discussed how many disabled cars - shielded from the public's view - could be kept on a property. The answer is, apparently, three. But why, she asked, is the number of disabled cars the city's business if no one but the owner can see them?

Too bad she doesn't want to sign a letter to the editor. That means there's no chance she'll spread some common sense with a regular column.


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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Article comment by: Anson's Nephew

I would really like to know why this reply to an obvious insult has not been posted.

TENTH ATTEMPT

“You paying taxes.....now that's the laff-o-the-day.”

No the “laff-o-the-day” is the posting of such a ridiculous statement without any supporting knowledge. To set things straight – I am gainfully employed, therefore I pay taxes. My books sell moderately well, therefore I pay taxes. I buy groceries, therefore I pay taxes. I buy other stuff in the stores, therefore I pay taxes. I own a motor vehicle, therefore I pay taxes. I buy gasoline, therefore I pay taxes.


Posted: Saturday, August 18, 2012
Article comment by: Frank Lee Speaking

@Ansons Nephew

"need to know because as he wants to increase my taxes he is not sharing in the burden."

You paying taxes.....now that's the laff-o-the-day.

LOL


Posted: Thursday, August 9, 2012
Article comment by: Hiram Fong

Rich, you have consistently never let facts stand in the way of opinion. You have proved the First Amendment never required facts. Please send me the bumper sticker, "we don't need no stinking facts, I is in the Tea Party!"

Posted: Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Article comment by: Nice Chuckle

"Romney? Hiding something? Really??? Hahahahahaha!! When you think it can't get any more insane, it does."

There is one simple way Romney could end this, but yet he still hides the information.

Funny how when the Republicans were screaming this about Obama, it was Ok. Now that Mitt is hiding something and the Democrats want transparency, the Republicans say it is wrong.


Posted: Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Article comment by: Linda Athens

harris stein:

You actually had the guts to say Romney is the one hiding something?

Romney? Hiding something? Really??? Hahahahahaha!! When you think it can't get any more insane, it does.


Posted: Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Article comment by: Linda Athens

Schmo:

Wake up and smell the bacon! Romney showing his taxes is but one of dozens of ploys to divert from your guys dismal failure as president.

Priebus is right. Reid and Pelosi are liars. Using their criteria, I could say a lot of things. How about obama has a 20 year old blonde girlfriend. I know because an anonymous source told me so.

Enough silliness. Let's discuss what we do know. Under obama, we have had 35 straight months of above 8% unemployment. O said he would be a one termer if so. Well, it is so. Your thoughts?

Obama's one and only success has been furthering his push to make us into a socialist/communist BIG government country w/our freedoms gone.

See Dinesh D'Souza's movie 2016 to get the film off your blinded eyes.


Posted: Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Article comment by: Grumpy Old Sourpuss

OMG, I darn near snorted coffee up my nose reading Lori's hackle-raised rip of our good editor.

Rich, you need to apply to the state dept. as a coalition builder. If you can get me to agree with that lady on any issue, which you have now successfully done, your horizons are boundless . . . even limitless . . .

A new darkness has blanketed the neighborhood . . . over to you, Linda A.


Posted: Monday, August 6, 2012
Article comment by: Joe Schmo

With regard to the Harry Reid vs. Willard Mitt Rmoney issue: Reid, as far as I know, is not alleging Rmoney did anything illegal with regard to his income taxes. He has simply repeated an allegation from someone else that Rmoney paid little to nothing in federal income taxes in the last 10 years.

Now there are certainly many ways for the very wealthy to avoid paying hardly anything in taxes through all sorts of loopholes in the tax code. My guess is that is what has happened. It certainly would be embarrassing to Rmoney if it is revealed that he paid a lower effective tax rate than most middle class families. Of course, if that is not true, then there is one way from Rmoney to clear it up. That Rmoney lets this issue and this speculation go on and on leads me to believe that Harry Reid is on to something.


Posted: Monday, August 6, 2012
Article comment by: Anson's Nephew

“Harry Reid is the problem and not the solution in the senate.”

No proof, no source, no link, no facts – no good.

“Don't you think if Romney had not (paid) his taxes for 10 years, he might be sharing a cell with Wesley Snipes. The IRS likes to go after hi dollar people”

Actually it very possible for Willard the Money Hider to have not paid a dime in taxes and for it to be perfectly legal. However if he has done so, we – the American people - need to know because as he wants to increase my taxes he is not sharing in the burden.

An excellent example of this kind of hypocrisy can be seen in Ronald the Dime when he was governor of the California (another BIG mistake). He refused to pass legislation allowing for withholding for state income tax saying, “People need to feel what it costs to fund the government.” When the L.A. Times released the fact that Ronnie had not pain any state income taxes in years he suddenly had a change of heart regarding withholding.


Posted: Sunday, August 5, 2012
Article comment by: Gisela Potokar

Thank you, Mr. Thurlow, for a fun column!!! Most of Kingman appreciates it!

Posted: Sunday, August 5, 2012
Article comment by: Anson's Nephew

Second Attempt

“Harry Reid repeats the same lie about Mitt Romney and no one gets excited.”

How do you know it’s a lie, Rich? Did Willard the Money Hider show you his tax returns? If so why haven’t you scooped the world and posted them for us to see?


Posted: Sunday, August 5, 2012
Article comment by: Brittany Paredes

Thank you so much for this! My inbox has blown up with emails! Perhaps the reason the name is slightly familiar but unrecognized in your database is due to a slight typo on my part. I guess I hit 's' instead of 'd'! Haha!

Thank you again!



Posted: Sunday, August 5, 2012
Article comment by: Lori Gabriel-Dane

To Rich Thurlow:

How dare you single out certain persons, me included, for submitting letters to the editor. If you don't want to hear from us, then get rid of this entire section. As long as it exists, you will be hearing from us "regular" submitters. What the hell kind of editor are you, anyway? You have not one iota of professional ethics, and do not deserve to be the editor of this, or any other newspaper.


Posted: Sunday, August 5, 2012
Article comment by: harris stein

Come on now Rich. Does Willard (Mitt) Romney feel any shame that his father released 12 years of income tax returns but Mitt only releases 1 year (2011) and a summary from 2010? Of course not Rich. Something is really awry here. Mitt is hiding something and encourages speculation with his inaction. This kind of behavior is one of the hallmarks of a totalitarian leader.

Posted: Sunday, August 5, 2012
Article comment by: A.Z. Proud

Harry Reid is the problem and not the solution in the senate. Don't you think if Romney had not payed his taxes for 10 years, he might be sharing a cell with Wesley Snipes.The IRS likes to go after hi dollar people

Posted: Sunday, August 5, 2012
Article comment by: Anson's Nephew

"Me: What's the big deal? Harry Reid repeats the same lie about Mitt Romney and no one gets excited."

As usual Thurlow presents as a fact something that is not in evidence. How does Thurlow know Reid is lying? Has HE seen Willard the Money Hider's tax returns? If so why hasn't he printed them in the pages of the KDM and received national attention for doing so?

The only one that can prove Harry Reid to be a "liar" is WIlalrd the Money Hider - and for some curious reason he refuses to show us the evidence. What is Willard hiding and why hasn't he shown us his "real" bitrh certificate - again, what is he hiding?


Posted: Sunday, August 5, 2012
Article comment by: Rick O'Shea

I always get a kick out of your column, about the political letters from the usual suspects, funny and true. The last part, funny, I've come to believe that living in Kingman is like the "Beverly Hillbillies", some people here can live in a nice neighborhood but still act like their living in a barn. I actually wonder if it's a Kingman status symbol to have 1 - 3 non running vehicles on a property that through time and the elements, deposit minerals back into the soil through natural erosion, keep the letters coming Rich.

Posted: Sunday, August 5, 2012
Article comment by: David Rogers

Amazing there is something I agree with you on.

The race for president isn't included, which means that readers are going to skip to the end to make sure they don't read yet another letter from - A) Lori Gabriel-Dane or B) Linda Athens - and possibly have to commit themselves.




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