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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.

Did you have an eventful Thanksgivings? I did in 1966

MONTGOMERY VILLAGE, Md., November 27, 2014 — As I sat back to read postings in my Facebook, I came across several written by grunts like me during Thanksgivings in Vietnam. These brought back my Thanksgiving, 1966. It had rained all day. The 2nd Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment Mechanized (Triple Deuce), was holding a defensive position at ...

Public health lessons from the Ebola crisis: America’s healthcare stumbles

MONTGOMERY VILLAGE, Md., October 15, 2014 — News of yet another American Ebola victim has dominated the news today. The fact that America’s sophisticated health care system has shown such serious chinks in its armor is of concern to all of us. Those chinks began to show up from the appearance of the first Ebola patient on ...

Ready for binge video streaming? Here is Happy Valley

MONTGOMERY VILLAGE, MD., September 7, 2014 – If you are having withdrawals from the show Fargo, here is your temporary cure. Netflix is offering the first six episodes of the great BBC series “Happy Valley” for binge streaming. The plot of Happy Valley is eerily similar to the movie Fargo and the series of the ...

Nine year-olds and guns: A smart combination?

MONTGOMERY VILLAGE, Md., August 28, 2014 — This week, a nine-year-old child killed her gun instructor while trying to fire an automatic weapon. Charles Vacca was killed at an Arizona firing range while he attempted to teach the child how to fire an Uzi while her father recorded the lesson. The corporate media immediately called ...

Soccer? It’s ‘football’ to the rest of the world

MONTGOMERY VILLAGE, Md., August 17, 2014 – Fresh from the World Cup in Brazil, U.S. interest in soccer is increasing. The athleticism and skill of the players had us mesmerized. This is especially true for those of us that at any time have played the sport. While the rest of the world refers to this ...

Mental illness and gun control

MONTGOMERY VILLAGE, MD, July 15, 2014 – The National Institutes of Health estimates that over ¼ of persons 18 years and older in the US suffer from some type of mental health disorder. The World Health Organization indicates that this is the highest percentage in the world. Even though the statistics may be somewhat biased ...

Immigration reform: Everyone’s issue

REHOBOTH BEACH, De., June 27, 2014 – Eric Cantor, one of the more conservative Republicans in the House of Representatives, lost his party primary to a Tea Party candidate earlier this month. This news brightened Tea Party followers this mid elections year. The most prominent issue in this election was the controversy about immigration and ...

Let Bowe Bergdahl come home

MONTGOMERY VILLAGE, Md., June 5, 2014 — It didn’t take long after Bowe Bergdahl’s release for the chicken hawks and the media to start quacking. The one “percenter” Bill O’Reilly immediately attacked the decision of President Obama to bring a captured American soldier home. President Obama made the correct decision to bring Bowe home. He ...

Is Fargo the new Breaking Bad?

In short, Fargo is weird and wonderful. Any watcher of quirky, interesting, fascinating and surprising shows like “Breaking Bad” should enjoy it.

Climate change, high oil prices, coal pollution: Nuclear power is the answer

MONTGOMERY VILLAGE, Md., May 8, 2014 — The media and the international community lament the evils of fossil fuel and the promise of renewable energy, but often ignore the obvious alternative. An energy source that is relatively cheap to use and that produces less environmental and public health impact than fossil fuels already exists: That ...

Climate Change is important: America need a paradigm shift

MONTGOMERY VILLAGE, Md., May 6, 2014 – The Obama administration took the offensive today on climate change. Meeting with Al Rocker of NBC, President Obama stated unequivocally that climate change is showing its ugly head on many fronts throughout the world. Some of his supporters say, about time. His opponents immediately accused him of being ...

The name for Washington’s NFL team will not change, but…

 MONTGOMERY VILLAGE, Md., March 25, 2014 – On March 24 Daniel M. Snyder, owner and Chairman of the Board of the Washington Redskins sent an email addressed to “Everyone in our Washington Redskin Nation.” Mr. Snyder tells us in this letter that he has listened to those of us that have raised issues with the name ...