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Page 14 POST-GAZETTE, DECEMBER 21,2012 Thinking Out Loud (Continued from Page 4) ness but have no hope of see- ing any light again. As I drove that recent morning, cars zoomed by in darkness racing as if to get to the light faster. I made it all the way into Boston be- fore the light started peek- ing through the dark sky. I knew there was light ahead because I've made this trip before. I had faith in the light unseen to my eyes. Eventually, the light over- came the darkness and day began. Like every other day this time of the year, it was not going to be long enough before the darkness returned for my trip home. I often wonder how any- one could live in Alaska without going bonkers over nights lasting 6-months at a time. Maybe this is why so many folks find religion and God at this time of the year. Heaven help us if this is all there is. Darkness makes us moody and darkness makes us think about our failures much more than our achievements. We all be- come like Peggy Lee wonder- ing if all we have is all that's there for us. We expect so much more starting in youth. We want Santa Claus. We want to be happy. We want nothing bad to happen. Then, as we mature and experience life, we need anchors to keep us from drifting off into nothingness. We want. We want. We want. However, rarely satisfied, we wonder what happened to the light of our youth. Christmas brings joy to many. These are the lucky people who see through the darkness. They look up to the heavens and see beyond the darkness, like I knew the light would be greeting me when I arrived in Boston after my long ride to work. My father would have been 100 years old this December 22 "d so I enjoy the memories of those birthdays shared inside my family. For me December 22 "d was always a day to celebrate the start of the approaching light on Christmas morning and a view of spring in the distant horizon where everything springs eternal once again. News Briefs (Continued from Page 1) have viewed the GOP with distrust and voted more against Republicans rather than positively for Demo- cratic candidates. With all the bad news the recent election had for the GOP, there were bright spots such as Ted Cruz winning the U.S. Senate in Texas. He now joins U.S. Senator Marco Rubio, R-Florida as a new breed of Republican conservative who can win elections against liberal Democrats. If the Republican Party remains the party of old, rich white guys, it will keep on losing elections. The Puerto Rican Statehood Question For the first time in Puerto Rico's political history, a plurality of voters supported the idea of statehood. The Republican candidate for governor Luis Fortuno lost while supporting statehood. The Democrat Alejandro Garcia Padilla who supports statehood was much more fortunate at the polls. The people have spoken. Time for the 51ststate in the Union. Los Angeles Thinking About ID Cards for lllegals? Earlier this year, Los An- geles stopped impounding the vehicles of anyone caught without a license which started allowing many illegals to keep their cars after police stops. More re- cently, the city's police chief announced that the LAPD would stop handing over illegals charged with low level offenses to the feds for deportation. Now, the latest news is that the City of Angeles could soon become the largest US city to offer municipal ID cards to illegal immigrants, with the goal of allowing them to open bank accounts and other services. The plan is on its way for a City Council vote. Five years ago, New Haven became the first city in America to issue ID cards to illegal immigrants. Other cities like Oakland and San Francisco followed suit. The LAID cards, like those in other cities, also function like prepaid debit cards. City officials believe that more than 12 percent of the city's residents do not keep money in the bank and in many cases they cannot open a bank account without an ID card. Some supporters of the ID card idea, immigrant ad- vocates, say ID cards will make life safer for illegals since many carry large sums of money and are tar- gets for robbers. How do we know who is being issued government ID cards? How do we know anyone's true identities? Creating even the possibil- ity of false identities isn't something to be condoned. They'll be pouring over the border as quick as they can to get their free ID cards. Welcome to America. We don't care whether you are legal or not. Our casa is your casa! Have a Lobster They're Good for You and Their Friends Too Speaking of lobsters, patrons of upscale restau- rants aren't the only ones who enjoy a good lobster dinner. Lobsters do too. Researchers found out that off the coast of Maine, some lobsters are actually canni- bals. So don't feel guilty about cooking live lobsters. Mangia! Dog is My Co-pilot Over in New Zealand, an animal shelter says it spent weeks teaching three dogs how to drive. According to a spokesperson for the shel- ter, "They hop in, start the car, put it into gear and use the accelerator." Also, did I mention the dogs also turned the steering wheel too! Like anyone is going to let a dog drive a car around town. Perhaps, this animal shelter should have been teaching them French or how to build a book case. Volunteer Drivers Needed to Drive Veterans to Medical Appointments The DAV Transportation Program is seeking vol- unteer drivers to shuttle veterans who need rides to an from VA medical appoint- ments. As World War II, Korea and Vietnam veterans age and more and more Iraq and Afghanistan veter- ans return with disabilities, the number of drivers avail- able decreases. As a result, more volunteer drivers are needed. Volunteers are needed for one or two days free each week. 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