Category Archives: Viewpoint

A Revered Literary Lion Still Roars in Texas

By BOB VICKREY The list of Texans that have spent their writing lives chronicling their roots is rather long and impressive, and includes names like Dobie, Webb and Graves. For many years, J. Frank Dobie was considered the preeminent voice … Continue reading

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VIEWPOINT: Parents and Politicians Need to Take Care of Teens

Medical students must take the Hippocratic Oath and one of the promises is “First, do no harm.” On Saturday, Circling the News received an email from a reader: “Aid car called to picnic area below parking lot in rec area … Continue reading

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Early Morning Earthquake; Musings Questioned

4.2 Earthquake Hits Southland, Wakes Some The LAFD posted the following alert from spokesperson Nicholas Prange: “#EarthquakeMode; INC#0192; 4:45AM; Following the M4.5 #earthquake activity in the greater Los Angeles area (#SanFernando) at 4:29 AM, LAFD is, according to protocol, in … Continue reading

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A Life Shaped by the Great Suburban Experiment

By BOB VICKREY I remember back in the 1970s how much I enjoyed humming along with Paul Simon’s captivating ballad “My Little Town,” until it dawned on me that his song was a rather scathing indictment of America’s small towns, … Continue reading

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Viewpoint: Our Schools Need to Reopen

When I lived in New York City in my 20s, a good friend who had just moved back from California referred to the people here as “provincial,” meaning that they were unsophisticated and narrow minded. She was referring to the … Continue reading

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July Fourth Is When America Acts Like America

(Editor’s note: CTN Columnist Bob Vickrey wrote yesterday, “This is a great Fourth of July column and you should run it.” The column by Chris Erskine, who worked at the L.A. Times for 30 years and retired in May, is … Continue reading

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Viewpoint: Thoughts about the Steadfast Statue

It took 30 years and a Covid-19 pandemic with stay-at-home orders for me to finish a needlepoint. About two decades ago, I threw it in the trash unfinished but unbeknownst to me, my husband dragged it out. Not only that, … Continue reading

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The Tarot Cards Foretold the Future of Friends

(Editor’s note: Bob Vickrey sent the following message: “Five years ago, my longtime Palisadian friend Paul Morantz sent me a story he had written that was so tantalizing and well-told, I circulated it among many friends. Sadly, it never received … Continue reading

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Viewpoint: Now Is The Time to Come Together

Now is the time for us to come together as a nation and work to make sure that every person has the opportunity to grow and thrive. We all need to do what we can, as individuals — at home, … Continue reading

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A Son’s Long Journey to Heal Wartime Memories

By BOB VICKREY– (Editor’s note: Bob Vickrey shared a story with Circling the News that was originally published in 2012 for the Houston Chronicle. “This is a story about my boyhood friend Geren Graham, who traveled 5,700 miles from Houston … Continue reading

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