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July 14, 2013

ED VASICEK: News briefs

News swap interrupts time in easy chair

(Continued)

“‘Cuba also hid what it knew about Oswald, writes Latell, citing a CIA wiretap of a conversation between two Cuban secret service agents he uncovered in declassified archives.

“‘“I am now convinced that Oswald was engaged with the Cubans,”’ Latell told Reuters.”

“Now that sounds mighty interesting,” Elmer opined. “How much longer will we have to wait to find out what really happened with John Kennedy’s assassination? All this stuff is complicated. Eisenhower used the Mafia to fight communism, and Kennedy went after the Mafia. Cuba, the Bay of Pigs, and a disenchanted CIA. Now this. Bunch of goofs in Washington.”

I have learned to ignore Elmer’s cynicism.

“What else you got?’ I inquired. He read an article from the Atlantic Wire:

“‘In a shocking poll by “60 Minutes” and Vanity Fair, a television news magazine and an actual magazine both run by men who are beyond middle age, apparently six out of 10 Americans believe that when a man claims to be the victim of a mid-life crisis, he’s just [making an excuse] for all the bad behavior he’s about to engage in.’”

“Probably something to that,” Elmer commented. “Of course, nowadays it seems to me that more women are doing the mid-life thing than men.”

“Yep, does seem to be the case,” I agreed.

“Time for one more. I’ll read,” I offered. I picked up the hard copy of the BBC article:

“‘Brazil has unveiled plans to hire 10,000 doctors to work in poorly served areas as part of wider reforms.

“‘The shake-up will include employing foreign doctors for the first time from September, as well as changes to the university medicine curriculum. Students graduating from 2015 must serve two years in the public sector.’”

“Sounds like a good plan — if all them doctors would do that here, we could fix our health care crisis” whined Elmer.

“Well, if we paid for their education, they might. I’m not sure that blaming the doctors is realistic.”

Elmer was about to reply with a snide remark when his cellphone calendar chime reminded him of another obligation. Saved me from making a token pot of coffee.

Ed Vasicek is pastor of Highland Park Church and a weekly contributor to the Kokomo Tribune. Contact him at edvasicek@att.net.

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