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November 11, 2012

Posted Tuesday, November 13, 2012, at 3:30 PM

Today is Veterans Day. The day, like most holidays, is not celebrated on its designated official day. We move it around to suit us and provide a three day weekend. I was invited to a celebration on the 8th and one on the 9th. I sincerely appreciated the effort those organizations made.

Sixteen million Americans served in uniform during World War II. Two million of them are still alive. We fought WW II at the mid-point of the 20th Century. We began the 20th Century with the Philippine Insurrection, moved to invading Mexico to chase Poncho Villa, stopped that to fight WW I, fought against and for the Russians, invaded several Central American countries, went back to WW II, took a breath and fought the Korean War, Guatemala, Viet Nam (mine), Grenada, Panama, Iraq I, Bosnia, Iraq II, Afghanistan (still there) and the War on Terror (on going). Don't forget the Cold War.

If you are interested in what war is really like I recommend William Manchester's book GOODBYE, DARKNESS. The book is Mr. Manchester's memoir of his time as an eighteen year old marine on Guadalcanal. If you've never heard of Guadalcanal then you really should read the book.

What do all these wars remembered, half forgotten, or forgotten have in common? A lot of Americans forgotten or half remembered, or remembered died in horrible circumstances in strange parts of the world so that we could have a free election last week. I would like to personally thank two of them. They were from Malden. Richard "Dickie" Blake and Bruce Nelson rode with me on a bus to St. Louis for induction into the United States Army. They both died in Viet Nam. Neither of them lived to see a 22nd birthday. They are both buried in Malden's Memorial Park Cemetery.

We all get caught up in the passion and excitement of a Presidential election. We worry about or don't worry enough about the problems of our home town of Malden. Can we survive as a community? Absolutely, if we work together and correct our minor problems and appreciate the good things we have here in small town America. "Dickie" and Bruce would laugh and say, "You guys got it made. I just wish I could be with you."

We meet as your elected city government on Monday, November 19th at the Malden City Hall located at 201 South Madison Street. We will make decisions that affect the future of the place where you live. We will spend your tax dollars. Please join us and give us your opinion as to whether we act wisely or foolishly.

The financial report is as follows:

November 2, 2012

Balance $1,292,201.34

Revenues $86,685.02

Expenses $122,600.17

November 9, 2012

Balance $1,256,286.19

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