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Taking my own advice about notes


Kevin Wilson

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Staff columnist

Last week I talked about the importance of always leaving a note. I think it’s time I took my own advice, and left a few notes of advice:

Dear Congress: If you skip briefings about the details of returning a prisoner of war to his family, and you skip hearings about veteran health care issues, that’s your prerogative, and I’m sure you can’t attend every hearing. But you can’t use the free time you have from skipping hearings and briefings to go on television and complain how you aren’t being given enough information.

Yes, we are paying attention, and many of us do vote.

Dear Texas Open Carry: Most people know you as the group where a few members decided the best way to steer the national policy debate was to walk into Chipotle, Chili’s and Jack in the Box with rifles, only to get angry because some fraidy-cat customers didn’t like eating at places where the stranger next to them had a loaded rifle.

I’m sure many of you are reasonable people, and it takes only a few bad apples to make the rest of you look like a bunch of nuts. I hope those apples found a little bit of common sense this weekend by watching the news.

On Sunday, two people with guns went into a Cici’s Pizza in Las Vegas, Nevada, fatally shot two police officers, then moved to the next-door Walmart and killed an armed customer who tried to stop them before eventually taking their own lives.

Jerad and Amanda Miller, the couple accused in the shooting, had apparently made threatening Facebook posts, handed out propaganda and talked about doing “the next Columbine.” There was no way for the people at Cici’s or Walmart that day to know that.

I hope these members of yours contrast what they did at a restaurant, and what happened Sunday, and realized they freaked people out because of the scenario they created:

If you’re in a restaurant, and a bunch of people walk in with their guns, you are to assume they are good guys with guns and continue eating. But if they aim at you? Turns out they were bad guys with guns, and it’s your fault for not having defended yourself.

Dear NBA fans mocking LeBron James: At least admit James is right about being an easy target. Had Game 1 been played in Miami, and an air conditioning failure led San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan to leave a pivotal stretch of the game with cramps, you wouldn’t have been satisfied if the NBA simply said both teams had to play under the same conditions.

You wouldn’t have granted Miami the benefit of the doubt, and would have chastised the league for letting Miami steal Game 1.

And sports drink companies wouldn’t have sent out releases mocking Tim Duncan.

Dear Donald Sterling: Go enjoy your money. Your free speech rights weren’t violated. No government entity has placed you under arrest. The private organization that you joined decided it didn’t want you around anymore, and forced you to sell your approximate 3 percent stake in the organization for a substantial profit.

Dear everybody else: The First Amendment means the government can’t stop you from saying what you want to say. It doesn’t shield you from private-sector consequences.

Dear Kevin: Try shutting up for a week, OK?

Kevin Wilson is a columnist for Clovis Media Inc. He can be contacted at 763-3431, ext. 319, or by email:

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