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Fri Jul 05, 2013 at 09:29 PM PDT

Fallen Heroes: A Tribute

by m2old4bs

Last Sunday, our community lost 19 firefighters out of a crew of 20 in a manner of minutes. It is a loss beyond imagination, but real nonetheless.  They were members of an elite wildfire fighting force called the Granite Mountain Hotshots, a highly trained, special unit of the Prescott Fire Department.  The 20 member crew of the Granite Mountain Hotshots are the first on the scene of a wildfire, taking a direct line of attack to any wildfire here in the central highlands of Arizona. They must carry a 40 pound backpack, often need to traverse tough and treacherous, mountainous, desert terrain in the summer heat well above 90 or 100 degrees.  They are on scene, day and night, at the hottest and most dangerous part of the wildfire until the wildfire is contained.  

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Fri Jul 05, 2013 at 02:10 AM PDT

A word or two about "racism"

by m2old4bs

I've been reading quite a bit about racism in the various blogs over the last few days.  It's all been interesting, however, I have a major issue with the word "racism" and its accompanying term "racist."  Both are old words, archaic terms, and terms that are misused and quite inappropriate in establishing an honest dialogue about social relations in these United States of America.  Racism is a word that carries with it lots of baggage from bygone days, Medieval days, pre-Scientific Revolution days, pre-Enlightenment days. It, and the term racist, ought to be banished from any and all debates about social relations.  Both terms, racism and racist, do more harm than good in any discussion about social relations.  We need to stop using it, both of them, if we truly wish to advance into the 21st century as an enlightened and progressive society.  

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