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September 21, 2013

RAY DAY: Answers to my readers

Every once in a while, my readers write me and ask questions about me and about things that are most in my thoughts. I was asked the other day, "What are your thoughts about the Syria problem?" And, although the thought of using chemical poisoning is sickening to me, there is a chance that making a move toward that problem means we just might get ourselves in another war where nothing is accomplished except the killing of our brave service men and women. Unless we are in danger of them trying to take us over, we should stay out of there — unless it is a worldwide effort by all countries and not just us. Of course, if someone would check it out, they might find that many other countries have the capabilities of stockpiling the same killing agents. Let’s let those in that country fight their own battles and then, when that is done, we take another look. In all the wars we have been in, we are the ones who end up making that country livable again.

I was asked what was my most disappointing happening, and I have to say that losing our daughter Patricia to cancer was a blow that can never be forgotten, but we learn to cope with that loss. And losing my brother, Russell, to cancer last December was very hard for this old man to cope with. Losing Mom and Dad and other members of the family hurt a lot, but we know that sometime our parents will pass on to Heaven once their job is done here on Earth. We would like to think that our children will bury us, not the other way around. Three things in my life mean a lot to me and, naturally, my marriage to Ramona and the births of our two daughters, Deborah and Patricia, are those three things. Now having grandchildren and great-grandchildren have joined that list and God is good. The honor of doing well in school and receiving a scholarship to Indiana University was a high mark in my life as it showed that one can achieve when he or she has the proper schooling education, as I did.

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