By Tim Hunt
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About this blog: I am a native of Alameda County, grew up in Pleasanton and currently live in the house I grew up in that is more than 100 years old. I spent 39 years in the daily newspaper business and wrote a column for more than 25 years in add... (More)
About this blog: I am a native of Alameda County, grew up in Pleasanton and currently live in the house I grew up in that is more than 100 years old. I spent 39 years in the daily newspaper business and wrote a column for more than 25 years in addition to writing editorials for more than 15 years. I have served as a director of many non-profits in the Valley and the broader Bay Area and currently serve as chair of Teen Esteem and on the advisory board of Shepherd?s Gate. I also served as founding chair of Heart for Africa and have travelled to Africa seven times to serve on mission trips. My wife, Betty Gail, has taught at Amador Valley High (from where we both graduated) since 1981. She and I both graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, as did both of my parents and my three siblings. Given that Cal tradition, our daughter went south to the University of Southern California and graduated with a degree in international relations. Since graduation, she has taken three mission trips and will be serving in the Philippines for nine months starting in September. (Hide)
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One welcome trend in recent years is the widespread effort to
recognize the contributions of our military veterans.
Veteran's Day observances have grown in number with both
citizens and businesses going out of their way to salute those who
served all of us and helped ensure our way of life.
Some restaurants offered free meals or free coffee to
vets, while some retailers ran promotions specifically for veterans.
Here's hoping that the Vietnam era vets, who were treated
so badly, also are receiving their due.
Incidentally, it was amazing how little traffic was on the
Bay Bridge in prime commute hours today. Given that government,
schools and banks were all taking the day off while most private
sector businesses were working as usual; it demonstrated just how many
commuters are employed in those industries.