A Quick Opinion: A new memory for 9/11

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A Winters Express opinion column

By Charles R. Wallace
Publisher Emeritus

It has been 21 years since we were attacked on Sept. 11, 2001. I don’t know why, but I watch the television specials every anniversary of the terrorists attacks on U.S. soil. I read the Sacramento Bee and watch 60 Minutes’ features about those that lost their lives that day. It adds to my definition of heroes.

Now, there is another reason for me to remember 9/11. My friend, Randy Fiser, who I wrote about a month or so ago, got a new heart on Sunday. So far, so good, according to his wife. I would rather celebrate his new heart than remember the planes hitting the twin towers in New York City. Keep him in your prayers.

After playing a round of golf last week, I went to pick up some paper supplies in Sacramento. Ken, who has been working in the warehouse for years, noticed my clothing and knows I play golf. He asked about what I thought of the new LIV Golf League. This is a new professional golf tour funded by the Saudi Arabian government and managed by golf legend Greg Norman. They have paid huge amounts for golfers to leave the established golf association, PGA. Ken, who isn’t shy about voicing his opinions, said that it was blood money and mentioned the killing of journalist Khashoggi at the hands of Saudi agents.

A lot of prominent players jumped to the new league, including Dustin Johnson, Sergio Garcia and Phil Mickelson who was rumored to have received $200 million to switch sides. I’ve always rooted for Phil Mickelson, but not anymore. They can live their lives anyway they choose, but I’m disappointed that they took the blood money. I won’t be watching any of their tournaments or rooting for them when they play in the four major golf matches which aren’t part of the PGA.

Ken and I asked: how much money do you need? He finished our conversation by saying he couldn’t live with himself if he took the money. I’m sure we could all use the money, but he is right about being able to sleep at night with a clear conscience.

Of the 19 hijackers in the September 11 attacks, 15 were from Saudi Arabia, two from the United Arab Emirates, one from Lebanon and one from Egypt. I don’t understand why we support the Saudis when we have enough oil in the United States to be self-sufficient. I’m not seeing much of a difference between the golfers that took the LIV money and our congressmen that won’t challenge the Saudis on 9/11 or for the killing of Jamal Khashoggi.

Take a breath and think happy thoughts.

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