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Stories by Mario Salazar

Mario Salazar is a combat infantry Vietnam Vet, world traveler, renaissance reconnaissance man, pacifist, metal smith, glass artisan, computer programmer and he has a Master of Science in Civil/Environmental Engineering. Now retired from the Environmental Protection Agency and living in Montgomery County, Mario will share with you his life, his thoughts, his musing on living in yet another century of change. He will also try to convey his joy of being old.

A view from Colombia on Trump

In Colombia, Donald Trump would have no chance of becoming President. Only November's election will tell how he fares in the United States.

LGBT: ‘No way’ in Colombia?

BOGOTÁ, COLOMBIA, August 14, 2016 – Colombia is today struggling with what conservatives call “life-style” and liberals call “gender” issues regarding the country’s LBGT population. This past August 10, demonstrations took place throughout the country to protest the addition of voluntary LBGT measures in the National guidelines for all schools. Many mostly-Catholic private schools that ...

Simple devices transform your dumb TV into a smart one

MONTGOMERY VILLAGE, Md., April 17, 2016 –  So you have your eye on a new smart TV, but the price hasn’t come down as much as you would like. You have a nice LCD TV, but it is not a smart TV. Read on if you want a cheaper option. The plan involves purchasing an ...

The Subaru WRX cult

For sport/muscle car enthusiasts, cylinder displacement is usually everything. Four cylinder engines are to be snuffed at as underpowered. This is until they drive a Subaru and especially a WRX.

Recipe: Chicken Florentine Mario

After years of trial and error, I have finally replicated the excellent Chicken Florentine I found in a restaurant in Denver in the late 1980s

Re-evaluating when police should use force

Police officers must train to deescalate and to be less confrontational, while the public must also understand the police are giving orders that generally benefit everyone's safety.