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Author: Ron Oetting

When Someone Dies…..

When someone dies, they always say, “She’s in a better place. Her pain and suffering is gone. It’s all part of God’s grace.” So, is that “better place” a world far different from our own, where streets, I’m told, are paved with gold, where hate and war’s unknown? I don’t know where her soul has gone – out there, somewhere in space. But I hope what they say is true: “She’s in a better place.”   -RKO-         #878         01-13-18 [“Political Poetry by RKO” now available at...

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Two Minutes Hate

Winston Smith may have suffered through what millions of us are suffering through today. I wonder what he would think if he were to return from “1984” and enter our ‘real-life’ world of 2017? Today, in our cosmopolitan world, we’re surrounded by hate, greed and insolence. Our contempt for each other holds no bounds. Conservatives hate liberals. Liberals hate conservatives. Sadly, most Americans who characterize themselves by those two terms would be hard-pressed to even provide you with a legitimate definition of the terms. From the time we’re big enough to use a remote control, we’re witness to thousands...

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The Evil Among Us

This morning, I received two e-mails from two Facebook ‘friends’. Both e-mails contained the identical image: a photo of Dorothy from “The Wizard of Oz” asking the scarecrow this question: “But how do you talk without a brain?” The scarecrow’s reply over the first image was, “I’m a Democrat!” The scarecrow’s reply over the second image was: “I’m a Republican!” Like most of you, I get dozens (sometimes hundreds!) of these kinds of images every day. Many are characterized as “humorous political truths”. Virtually all of them are disparaging ‘commentaries’ on the sender’s distorted political views, or personal insights...

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Last night I watched a preview of Ken Burns’ latest work. “The Vietnam War” is a film of how men go berserk. As it spread in Cambodia, and further into Laos, for Presidents and generals, that war was utter chaos. For soldiers in the trenches, that war was Hell on Earth. It was a futile, senseless war of no impressive worth. It marked the start of fifty years of unrelenting war. The corporate profit-mongers watched profits start to soar! From Desert Storm, back to Iraq, and then Afghanistan, the “complex” that Dwight warned about completely drained our land. Today,...

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As I mentioned in my “pilot” article, I was raised in a strict Christian environment. God was everywhere, watching every move I made. One night, when I was about nine years old, my younger sister and I sneaked out of our bedrooms, down into the kitchen, to get a drink from the refrigerator. It was an old Servel gas refrigerator that stood  as a mammoth monument overwhelming everything else in the dark, tiny kitchen. As my sister and I raided that refrigerator, we noticed an imposing figure at the back door that led to our driveway. There, between the...

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