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Coffee Break // An American Hero’s Surprise
On the morning of April 8, 1968, an Army helicopter was traversing a shard of scrubby jungle a few clicks (kilometers) south of the DMZ...

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Coffee Break // Hanging With Young Presidents, Raptors
“YPO” does not stand for a magnificent valley on Hawaii Island (Waipio) or a countryside suburb west of Pearl City. YPO stands for Young Presidents...

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Coffee Break // Inspired To Poetry By Bombing
There had been no bombing raids in or around Hanoi for weeks, a situation that only increased the frustration of us POWs. “C’mon you guys,...

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Coffee Break // Obama’s Promises Don’t Hold Up
A few weeks ago I wrote a column about President Barack Obama’s propensity to play fast and loose with the truth. Imagine my surprise when...

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Coffee Break // State’s Catchment Policy Hits Vets
According to the 2000 census, there are 16,298 veterans living on Hawaii Island, of which 4,500 are using rainwater catchment systems to satisfy their water...

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Coffee Break // A Lifelong Love Affair With Football
I love football. I don’t celebrate New Year’s Jan. 1, I celebrate Aug. 15 or whatever August date the NFL schedules its first pre-season games...

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Coffee Break // The First Navy Jack’s Significance
Two weeks ago, I was privileged to attend the “change of command” ceremony, whereby the command of all Pacific submarines, Commander, Submarine Force U.S. Pacific...

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Coffee Break // A True American Patriot, Hero
As a kid I saw Gary Cooper in the movie Sergeant York, about the Tennessee sharpshooter of WWI fame. A Pacifist by nature, he became...

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Coffee Break // Pilots Must Be Hands On
The worst thing a Navy carrier pilot can do is to land short of the landing area on the flight deck. When that happens, the...

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Coffee Break // Having A Little Heart-To-Heart
Over the past 20-plus years I have had several heart attacks, the first being literally induced by an overly determined cardiologist during a simple angioplasty...

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Coffee Break // Our President Is A Big Fat Liar
“This is the most transparent administration in history.” -Barack Obama; White House “Fireside Hangout” hosted online by Google, Feb. 13, 2013 As Saturday Night Live‘s...

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Coffee Break // A Reunion With Vietnam POWs
En route to the Nixon Library in Yorba Linda, Calif., the eight big, shiny buses (truly the limousines of tour buses) carrying returned Vietnam POWs...

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Coffee Break // Leading Across 16 Time Zones
Driving onto Palm Circle at Fort Shafter is like driving through a time warp. Suddenly you are back in Hawaii’s elegant “military” era of the...

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Coffee Break // Obama Soft On Radical Islamists
According to Wikipedia, the first recorded terrorist attack on U.S. soil was in 1920, when several pounds of dynamite were made into a bomb that...

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Coffee Break // Spinning With The ‘Gooney Bird’
In 1964, I was one of the “Red Hot” young instructor pilots at the Vigilante training squadron in Central Florida. The “Vigi” was being integrated...

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Coffee Break // Benghazi Injured Being Silenced?
Of all the new acronyms and abbreviations we use now in everyday communication by email, texting or twittering, like LOL or OMG. But one of...

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Coffee Break // The Prayer Of The Original Francis
Like so many of you, I watched on TV the introduction of the new pope, Argentina’s Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, 75. As he walked out...

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Coffee Break // The Cuban Missile Crisis Lesson
In their jointly written Wall Street Journal opinion column (Feb. 26, 2013), Sens. Corker (R-Tenn.) and Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking members of the Senate Foreign Relations...

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Coffee Break // Drone Critics Missing The Point
I just don’t get it! President Obama has successfully expanded the Bush drone offensive against al-Qaida and its ilk, and now the bleeding hearts have...

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Coffee Break // Celebrating 40 Years As A Free Man
Next Tuesday (Feb. 12) will mark a supremely happy occasion for me – the 40th anniversary of my release to freedom after seven years and...


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