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Wade Heath Osama bin Laden, Assemblywoman Alyson Huber’s move and following dreams

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Wade Heath

Posted: Monday, May 9, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 6:27 am, Mon May 9, 2011.

Plenty to cover. Let's rock this page with a combo column.

Osama bin Laden killed

Like millions of Americans on Sunday, I was being inundated with text messages and phone calls alerting me to the news that the world's most wanted man had been killed in Pakistan by U.S. Armed forces.

For more than a decade, Osama bin Laden, the mastermind of the 9/11 attacks, spun a web of fear and pain within the American psyche the likes of which, some would argue, hasn't been experienced since the attacks on the United States during World War II.

Not since Sept. 12, 2001 had I witnessed the unity in this country as I did on Sunday night. It was beautiful. The chanting, the cheering and the togetherness was refreshing. While some have debated whether or not it was proper for us as a country to react the way we did, I fully believe that the United States, the country that always takes the high road and respects everyone for everything, were owed this one.

The death was more symbolic than it was strategic. And I for one am proud of SEAL Team Six for executing the mission perfectly and President Obama who authorized it. Justice is what this country is all about.

Assemblywoman Alyson Huber's new digs

Assemblywoman Alyson Huber, D-Lodi, has downsized her Lodi office to save some cash. It's nice to know that while Sacramento is still struggling to get the state budget under wraps, Assemblywoman Huber is scaling back where she can.

A little over a year ago, Huber told me in an interview that one of the problems with the state budget is that there is so much of it automatically written to fund public services and existing programs that there is relatively nothing left over when they need it. So when is that constitutional convention?

65 years of love

Late last month Ed and Esther Ring celebrated their 65th anniversary. Any couple who makes it over 50 together and are still enjoying the marriage experience deserve a salute. So please, raise your glass to Ed and Esther, wishing them many more wonderful years together.


Worth a thousand words

Tokay High graduate Moshin Shah has turned his dream of a career in the arts into a reality. The Lodi photographer has established his own business in our community and is living his passion.

We here at the Wade Heath column (me) support anyone who actively pursues their dream. Mohsoh Photography and Design is Shah's company and his photos are amazing.

Support this local business, visit Shah's website at www.mohsoh.info.

Saying goodbye

The city of Lodi has said goodbye to one of its bravest and one of its finest. Lt. Steve Price of the Lodi police department and Fire Chief Kevin Donnelly. Both men have given decades of their lives to our humble little town and have earned our thanks.

May retirement be everything you expected and more, gentlemen. The fire and police departments have some big shoes to fill.

Lovable Lodians

I'm still on the prowl for upstanding local citizens that deserve their moment in the spotlight. I'm working on a few lovable Lodians right now but would like to invite you to take a look around and see if there's someone you notice in your day-to-day routine that stands out in a good way.

Is it the cashier at the grocery store who always makes you smile? A book club member who goes out of their way to always bring refreshments and is the life of the group? Or maybe it's a friend who is one of the most selfless people you know?

Whatever the criteria, I'd like to hear from you and why the person you're nominating is so darn special. We have a fantastic community full of incredible people. It's time to give them the credit they deserve.

Have something local or positive to share? Contact columnist Wade Heath at wade.lodi@gmail.com.

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  • Ryan Jameson posted at 11:08 am on Wed, May 11, 2011.

    Ryan Jameson Posts: 195

    Daniel, I would assume that the source of radiation in the seawater would be the leaking nuclear reactors at that plant. I do not disagree that the Japan story is still important but let's face the truth. The American media quickly moves through story after story. Once a story is a couple of weeks old they will stop reporting it. Look at the current Bin Laden fever. Give it until the end of the month and you will see this story fade into the background like Japan has.

  • daniel hutchins posted at 8:15 am on Wed, May 11, 2011.

    daniel hutchins Posts: 1342

    Wade Heath: You repeat the official US propoganda very well.

    Mastermind behind 9/11. - that's official.
    Obama killed by U forces. - now that 's official
    (previously, it was official that Osama was alive.)

    Why don't you find something important to report, like the status of nuclear reactors in Japan?
    What is the source of radiation in the seawater?

  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 5:46 am on Wed, May 11, 2011.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Steve, I did not say she voted for... I said she couild vote against legislation "like Obamacare"... sorry for the confusion.

  • Steve Schmidt posted at 11:15 am on Tue, May 10, 2011.

    Steve Schmidt Posts: 2670

    Darrell, with regards to Huber and federal health care reform.... you do realize that Huber is a state Assemblywoman, don't you? One senses that you have mistaken her for a US Representative or a Senator.

  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 9:09 am on Tue, May 10, 2011.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Wade Heath stated...The death was more symbolic than it was strategic...
    Then Wade Heath stated...
    Assemblywoman Alyson Huber, D-Lodi, has downsized her Lodi office to save some cash. It's nice to know that while Sacramento is still struggling to get the state budget under wraps, Assemblywoman Huber is scaling back where she can.

    Mr Heath... I do appreciate your effort to focus on the positive more than the negative... and I have enjoyed reading your letters since you decided to make a change in focus... however, I think it important to not distort reality in the pursuit of commenting on the positive.
    On your first statement, I disagree...Bin Laden's death was much more than symbolic... he was directly involved until his death in doing harm to citizens of our country... I understand that a small library full of information was taken from his compound that indicated plans for more destruction later this year... that is not symbolic. That is something to give Mr Obama credit for... finely, something he did that was not not symbolic.
    Then you make a comment about Ms Huber that accurately gave her credit for doing something that saved money..however, you completely ignored reality, which is that it was 95% a symbolic gesture and little to do with helping our economy. If she wanted to save money, she could vote against legislation that increases spending... like Obamacare that will cost us a trillion in taxes and dramatically increased premiums on health care... and that was just one bill. If you look at her record, she has supported many spending bills that are like gas guzzlers... so without doubt, her demonstration of saving tax payers money would have been a much better example of symbolism, which you could have accurately pointed out.


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