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Mixed blessings on this Memorial Day holiday weekend

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Photo: FLLewis/A Writer’s Groove — Burbank

The economy is still struggling. Job layoffs by the thousands continue. Gasoline prices at the pumps are up. On Thursday, May 21, I paid $2.60 a gallon at a gas station in Burbank. A month ago at the same station, I paid $2.30 a gallon.  And food prices are still outrageously high; why is that the case?

On the plus side, President Obama signed sweeping credit card reform into law yesterday. You can still catch a flick for around 10 bucks or so.  Some big movies playing this weekend include “Star Trek,” “Angels & Demons,” and the new arrivals “Night at the Museum: Battle of the Simthsonian,” and “Terminator Salvation.” This holiday weekend is still a great time to connect with the people we care about, hang out at our favorite joints, parks, and shopping places, or just do nothing but kick back and relax.

At the top of my to-do list this weekend, being grateful for the choices we have in this country. First, I’ll give thanks to a higher power. Then for the next few days, I’ll join my neighbors and people across our nation and fly the stars and stripes to say thanks to our military, especially to those who have died in that service, for protecting our values and freedoms.  

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