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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.