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Desert Sun News
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 by Laramie Boyd
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          Another day here in the desert, or as they say, for simplicity's sake, in Palm Springs. ( In reality, whether it's Palm Desert, Cathedral City, Rancho Mirage, Indian Wells, Thousand Palms, Desert Hot Springs, Bermuda Dunes, Coachella, La Quinta, or maybe even Indio, we're all internationally associated with the city of Palm Springs, Hollywood's "vacationland"). My usual breakfast routine began with a cup of coffee, a good morning kiss for my wife of 56 years, and a stroll out to the driveway to pick up the Coachella Valley's only home grown daily, The Desert Sun. Reading this paper is always an instructive adventure.
        It seems some 30,000 off-road vehicles will be descending on the area to hold a twisting, turning, climbing, jumping, not to mention crashing, 112 mile road race just for the fun of it. Like the music festivals held each year here, such an event is good for the economy, they say.
        An almost hidden article tucked away near the help wanted ads tells about the case of a prosecutor who seeks a life sentence for the leader of an Amish breakaway group, and 15 others, who masterminded a beard and hair-cutting attack in an Amish settlement. I guess the Amish take their body hair more seriously than most folks do.
        Other articles in the Sun tell of the California Supreme Court suggesting that the state marijuana laws might allow state governments to close down pot shops. Does anybody really care? And the Los Angeles Police Department is still reviewing clergy abuse files to determine if there is or was any involvement by church officials in criminal activity, especially failure to report child abuse. The powers that be still don't seem to get it, do they? "They did it!" On a brighter note, in the Palm Springs area, home prices are up 8.3%, the most in 6 and 1/2 years. The reason: demand is up, homes for sale supply is down. Good thinking. Another case of brilliant deductive logic reports a 4th bank robbery in a week. The robber was armed, it's pointed out, with a gun. What else? The suspect was white, in his early 20's, approximately 215 lbs., and had acne. Poor kid!
        An anonymous writer asked a thought provoking question for the day: If physicians take the hippocratic oath, an obligation to heal the sick, a service they provide every day, why don't politicians take the "hypocritic oath", as that is what they do, day in and day out?
And in the article that beats all, Bob Miller of Rancho Mirage wrote in suggesting that Raul Ruiz, who unseated Mary Bono Mack in the recent House of Representative's election, knowing that ObamaCare would not provide him with the income he felt he deserved in his medical practice, took another road. He opted to join the federal gravy train, living the "Life of Riley" as a "representative" of the people of California, doing favors for his friends and relatives, and coming away from that job a much wealthier man. Would anyone really believe that a politician would stoop that low and attempt to carry out such a devious scheme?
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