Wednesday October 22, 2014
07/22/2014 - 10:40am
James Garner, Imperfect role model
I’ve had the theme from “Maverick” going through my head lately. Next to my mom and dad, James Garner was a role model for me. Kinda weird because, as Maverick, he played a gambler. The loader operator I worked with for Columbia Helicopters taught me not to gamble by taking every new guy...
07/08/2014 - 11:30am
Good friends shape our lives
I mentioned Chuck Saxton, the hook tender, in the last column. He was stocky with red curly hair sticking out all over, made to be a logger with a low center of gravity.
Chuck's superior was Kiddo. I can't remember his given name, but Kiddo called everybody else “kiddo.” He was an old man with...
07/01/2014 - 11:28am
Logging Camp Society
Here is the third in the four-part Alaska vacation series. Thought it was three, didn't you? Last week was the mechanics, or workings of logging camp. Now, the people.
Holy cow, this is 38 years ago. Forgive me if you were there and find my facts don't ring true.
It rains most of the time in Southeast Alaska...
06/24/2014 - 11:33am
This column is a continuation of last week's story of my trip to work in Alaska. I am writing this story to give background to the opinions expressed in The Alternative. There is no such thing as unbiased news. The messenger's background is as important as the message itself. So as you read The Alternative be mindful of...
06/17/2014 - 2:38pm
Lasting impressions of a summer vacation
Our chickens are coming home to roost in Iraq. The slaughter and disruption of so many people's lives is incomprehensible to us. I cannot imagine the terror of cruise missiles and tanks sweeping across our country by some super power because we have a dictatorial leader from which we need to be...