Published: 11/11/2022 22:00:03
Modified: 11/11/2022 22:00:13
This month is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month and November 17 is World Pancreatic Cancer Day. In 2017 my father was diagnosed and after seeing the support of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PanCAN) I wanted to continue it so I started volunteering with the Boston affiliate.
PanCAN’s mission is to “Take action to improve the lives of everyone affected by pancreatic cancer by advancing research, building communities, sharing knowledge and supporting patients.” Pancreatic cancer is associated with a five-year survival rate of just 11 % one of the deadliest cancers.
My father was a Vietnam veteran and businessman who gave up a successful career in New York City 27 years ago to move to New Hampshire to spend more time with his family. He devoted his time to building a new community center in Wilmot and starting the youth lacrosse program in New London, where he was director for over 20 years. My brothers and I were fortunate to grow up with him and coach our lacrosse, baseball, and football teams.
He was visiting me in San Diego when I realized something was wrong. A month later, I was crying in my car as he called me to say he had been diagnosed with stage IV pancreatic cancer and had only six months to live.
Through his strong spirit, faith and the support of friends and family, doctors and PanCAN, we were fortunate to spend four more years with him and have a few more family adventures. With the help of PanCAN, he started a new immunotherapy, but unfortunately the cancer had progressed too far and he died last year.
We started the Bub Strong Foundation last year to raise money for the New London Outing Club, PanCAN and the Disabled American Veterans (DAV). Next summer will be the third annual golf scramble, roast hog and lacrosse tournament.
We requested a proclamation from Governor Sununu and contacted the New Hampshire congressional delegation to mark this month by wearing purple on the 17th and posting on social media. When you notice the Portsmouth Memorial Bridge and Hotel Concord lit up purple, you’ll know why!
The US cannot win the war in Ukraine
I am against war. It’s an idiotic way of arranging anything. The only winners are some politicians and corporations, especially the bankers. They all get rich from it. Everyone else gets hurt or worse.
The only exception to this are self-defence wars. They are necessary wars. It is a good war, a just war, when it is waged to defend against enemy invasion. The US has never fought such a war in our lifetime. In fact, it has not fought such wars since possibly the War of Independence, and even then, disputes may have been settled without bloodshed. That is hard to say. It is said that the US has spent 92% of its history at war.
As for the current case in Ukraine, as usual, Washington is fighting a war on the other side of the world. The Russians see the aggression as an existential threat and have been saying so for years. The expansion of NATO, which should have been dismantled decades ago, has advanced into and surrounds Russia. It’s about absorbing Russia on its way to world conquest. The predatory class that controls Washington seeks global domination. Isn’t that obvious? The Russians stand in their way. Joe Biden’s rainbow-hued LGBTQ army is no threat to them. Russians are still men, real men. They don’t wear skirts and high heels.
The Biden administration cannot win this. I’m not saying Americans can’t win because I don’t think this administration represents America. I believe that, like modern administrations, they are merely puppets on the global agenda. They do not represent American interests. The only people in this world who think that we should move towards a world war on behalf of Ukraine’s sick, corrupt government are those who sit in front of their televisions and listen to the despicable war propaganda from CNN etc.
Public outcry in Hanover
Dartmouth has stated that there has been no public outcry against building dormitories in my neighborhood. Here’s my outcry: I am strongly opposed to this project because it will disrupt the peaceful feel of our neighborhood. What I appreciate most about my neighborhood is the children’s ability to be independent due to the lack of heavy traffic, and that gets lost when these dormitories are built.