The Clean Water bond and the Open Space, Working Farms and Recreation bond are vitally important — and rare — investments in the long-term; a welcome break from the snatch-and-grab, instant-money, self-serving payoffs favored by the politicians at Halitosis Hall.

The voters have shown their overwhelming support for investments in clean water and open space before. We hope they will continue to demonstrate that same kind of foresight — that commitment to making Vo Dilun the best and most beautiful place in the world to call home.

Take a stand for our state. Vote yes on 5 and yes on 6 on November 6. You'll be glad you did.


'THE MOST HONORABLE POLITICIAN I HAVE EVER KNOWN'

Those were the words of Democratic pollster (and Fox News contributor) Patrick Caddell upon hearing of the death of Senator George McGovern last Sunday.

P&J proudly note that McGovern got our first ever presidential votes. In fact, for many years, Jorge carried a "McGovern Million Member" club card in his wallet, testament to the fact that the then-poor college student had sent a donation to the campaign. If Jorge recalls correctly, the minimum amount to quality for the card was $25 — and that's just what he sent.

Senator McGovern lost that 1972 election to Richard M. Nixon in a landslide. We all know what happened to Nixon after that (Watergate, humiliation, and disgrace). McGovern's story — before and after — was a little different.

He was, of course, a hero in World War II, flying 30 combat missions over enemy territory in Austria, Germany, and Italy and winning the Distinguished Flying Cross. (It is an accomplishment with particular resonance for Jorge, who discovered years ago that his father, the late A. Bruce McCrae, had three Distinguished Flying Crosses hidden in his sock drawer at home.)

McGovern finished college after the war and eventually earned a master's degree in history at Northwestern University. In reading his obituary, Jorge was surprised to learn that among McGovern's heroes was theologian Walter Rauschenbusch — a man Jorge also holds in high esteem.

In the Senate, McGovern was a champion of agricultural, food, nutrition and hunger issues, not just here in the US of A but throughout the world.

George McGovern was, indeed, an honorable man and a true American hero. Your superior correspondents would be hard pressed to name a greater American politician and we, like millions of others, mourn his passing.


TWO OTHER GOOD MEN

It has been a week of mourning here at Casa Diablo as we also note the passing of Russell Means, a leader of the American Indian Movement and a key participant in the 1973 uprising at Wounded Knee.

Means, an Oglala Sioux, was a great source of pride to Native Americans everywhere. In later life, he became an actor, most memorably co-starring with Daniel Day-Lewis in Michael Mann's 1992 remake of The Last of the Mohicans.

Locally, we lost Courtland McPherson last week. Courtland was a Capitol Police officer. He was primarily assigned to serve at Family Court, one of the most dangerous jobs in state service — divorces and child custody cases leading to all manner of outbursts.

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