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Question: Why do we make kids wait until age 16 to drive a car? Are cars dangerous?

Visiting Santa 2021

From Theo Moudakis, Toronto Star
https://images.thestar.com/yygfYqAks1-MbR-xS76pGBsmP1g=/1200x1154/smart/filters:cb(1637609906143)/

Two mystery photos and a 50-year search for the 'Donut Dollies' of the Vietnam War

Good story for Veteran's Day

In 1971, a 25-year-old high school science teacher named Jim Roberts found himself in a muddy hamlet 50 miles outside Saigon, a “wide spot in the road,” as he called it, where the long slog of the Vietnam War felt particularly endless and futile.

Roberts, the son and grandson of military men, had enlisted over the heated objections of his father, who feared he would never return alive to his small West Virginia hometown. For Roberts, an Army infantry 1st lieutenant, the Vietnam conflict had become a “lonely war.” Photos he took one day of two kind women he met during that tour have led him on a 50-year quest to find them and thank them for breathing a little joy into his life so long ago.

Roberts was part of a mobile advisory team, one of only five soldiers sent to Dong Xoai to live among displaced farmers and to train regional forces, assisting as observers and strategists when they went into the field to fight. He witnessed things so traumatizing that he still can’t talk about them five decades later.

“I don’t want to go back there and think about it,” Roberts, now 75, said in an interview. “We did what we had to do.”


Whole story here:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/vietnam-mystery-photos-donut-dollies/2021/11/10/983727e4-3ca9-11ec-a493-51b0252dea0c_story.html

Nobody likes a sore loser, so...

https://twitter.com/FrankConniff/status/1455934924993740807?s=20


I'd like to graciously congratulate Racism on its victory in Virginia. - Frank Conniff

Fairfax County is reporting a 26.1% turnout with 3 hours yet to go.

Combined with 23% from early turnout, that puts us at 49% overall. The 2017 Gubernatorial election had a 49% turnout.

https://twitter.com/fairfaxvotes/status/1455622097913491459?s=20

I just voted. If you know anyone in VA, contact them & make sure they vote. We need turnout to win.

I was voter #219 at 7:45. This means the morning turnout is good, compared to previous gubernatorial races, where I was in the 70s or 80s before 8 am.





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