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Cabbages and Kings: 'Patriotism seems to rule'

The threat of war has loomed before over America.

But this time, perhaps more so than other recent conflicts, patriotism seems to rule.

I prefer to observe others and listen to comments from Kingman residents as the war clouds gather over the nation.

Here are some examples.

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In a local grocery store the day after the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, a man was overheard saying he re-enlisted in the U.S.

Marine Corps.

He apparently was discharged five years ago.

The same man said he'd been all over town attempting to buy an American flag with no luck.

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Several Kingman physicians of Middle Eastern or Indian descent were seen attending a religious service at Kingman High School North sponsored by the Kingman Ministerial Association.

This proves, along with the photo on Page 1 of Monday's Miner that local Muslims and other non-Christians are every bit as much Americans as are Anglo Christians.

And they, too, are appalled by the carnage the terrorists have wrought.

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A local businessman was spotted at Kingman's mosque late last week, donating his time and materials to replace a window broken by vandals after the attacks.

This action, I believe, is indicative of what most Kingman residents approve.

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All U.S.

flags sold out of most Kingman stores.

Homes in virtually every neighborhood in the city and in Butler are festooned with flags, either cloth or paper.

The Daily Miner's Sunday edition included a poster-type American flag and I've seen scores of them taped to windows throughout the community.

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Many businesses in town are putting up patriotic messages on their roadside signage or in their store windows.

The phrase "God bless America" is most often seen, but many others are also visible.

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The candlelight ceremony held at the bandstand during the 55th annual Mohave County Fair was most impressive.

Strangers sang "I'm Proud To Be An American" with each other, lighted each other's candles and a true spirit of community prevailed.

Too bad it takes a tragedy to unite us in this fashion.

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Businesses, individuals and agencies in Kingman announcing fund-raising efforts to help ease the suffering in New York City and Washington, D.C.

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I don't know about you, but I feel an air of apprehension in the wake of the terrorist attack.

It's sort of like waiting for the next shoe to fall.

Has the U.S.

experienced its last homeland casualties of this secret war? I don't think so.

I believe our real concern should focus on germ warfare.

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The United States again is faced with a dilemma similar to World War II.

The Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, so we hauled most Japanese-Americans into detention camps.

Will this again happen with Arab-Americans? Time will tell.

As a concerned father, I worry about my youngest daughter who has joined the Peace Corps with the idea of working with mentally challenged children in the Dominican Republic.

While this Caribbean nation is not rife with terrorism, I figure the U.S.

government is not going to let its citizens globetrot because of the high risk involved – especially in a government program such as the Peace Corps.

It's times such as these that make me glad I live in a small community.

The terrorists and nations that support them are ill equipped in pinpoint weaponry.

However, they fire missiles and the like at major population centers and hope for the most destruction and loss of life possible.

Remember Saddam and his Scud missiles?

Cherished readers, I cannot bring myself to award Cabbages and Kings while this time of national emergency lingers.

With that in mind, I'll suspend the frivolous awards until peace is restored and the terrorists are brought to justice.

The name of this column will not change, however.

Greg Bucci is the Miner's news editor.