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Senior News: Pondering the ideals of today with the Lone Ranger

— Do you ever miss the “good ole days” when the Lone Ranger could dispense justice without fanfare or press conferences — and the local citizens had to ask, “Who was that masked man?”

When he would tell his trusted companion Tonto “I’ll shoot if I have to but I will shoot to wound not to kill. If a man must die it is up to the law to decide that” and the viewing audience wouldn’t smirk.

Those times were not perfect. Beneath the wholesome exterior portrayed on television, there were vigilante hangings, unequal opportunities for women, organized crime and tobacco companies testifying that cigarettes didn’t kill people.

I wouldn’t want to go back to those days but in our current cynical and distrustful times, there is something wishful and innocent about the beliefs the Lone Ranger held. He was a role model for the young children of the time, including myself. And I wonder do these values have any relevance today?

So just for a moment, let’s go back to a time 60 years ago and remember the ideals of the Lone Ranger:

• I believe that to have a friend, a man must be one.

• All men are created equal and everyone has within himself the power to make this a better world.

• Be prepared physically, mentally, and morally to fight when necessary for that which is right.

• A government of the people by the people and for the people shall live always.

• That all things change but truth, and that truth, alone, lives on forever.

The Mid-Columbia Senior Center’s annual summer rummage sale is this Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m and ending on Saturday with the traditional bag sale from 9 a.m. to noon.

The One-of-a-Kind Quilt, stitched together with 15 historic cloth pictures, will be raffled off at the Cowboy Breakfast on July 20, So time is running out to purchase your winning ticket at the center for $1 each.

I’ve heard from Tim, the manager of The Dalles ReStore, 1001 W. 6th Street, that they are busier than ever this summer selling quality new or slightly used building materials and furniture at a fraction of retail prices. To accommodate all the activity, they are now open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. need more volunteers to help out. If you want to raise funds for local Habitat projects call 541-296-4486.

Playing tonight at the center is “For the Good Times.” And on Tuesday, July 2, starting at 7 p.m. the Strawberry Mountain Band will keep you busy till the sun fades into the evening skies.

Tonto called the Lone Ranger Kemo Sahbee (also spelled Kemo Sabe or Kemosabe) meaning “trusted friend” or “trusted scout.” (And the winner this week is Betty Richmond.) But this week’s “Remember When” question is about another series that transitioned from radio to television. It portrayed a middle class family living in the Midwest and starred Robert Young (on both radio and television) as the father and a General Insurance agent. What was the name of this comedy that aired on television from 1954 until 1960? Mail your answer to, call 541-296-4788 or send it with a copy of a “Good Driver Agreement” from the Robert Young Good Driver Club.

Well, it has been another week trying to keep the “body busy and the mind delighted”. Until we meet again, consider this Swedish proverb: "Fear less, hope more; eat less, chew more; whine less, breathe more; talk less, say more; love more, and all good things will be yours."


Wednesday (26) Taco Casserole with Chips

Thursday (27) BBQ Pulled Pork with Oven Roasted Potatoes

Friday (28) Philly Beef Steak with Onion and Mushrooms

Monday (1) Salisbury Steak with Mashed Potatoes

Tuesday (2) Pork Medalions


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