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Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Lone Star Fallen

Before I get back to writing baseball, I want to talk about someone more important in the scheme of things than Randy Johnson or Bud Selig or Tony Womack.

We lost my second favorite Texas girl last week. Molly Ivins was a treasure and an inspiration. From her writing and from the record of her wonderful life, one gets the feeling that she was never afraid of anything or anyone, from the Bush Crime Family to the editors of the New York Times to the cancer that failed twice to kill her and had to come back a third time to finish the job. Even as her body was breaking down, she continued writing, dictating her final two columns. Friends often described her as a force of nature, and she wasn't letting something like impending death slow her down.

She left us with some final words that we should never forget. Her last column, published on January 11, ended with this paragraph:

"We are the people who run this country. We are the deciders. And every single day, every single one of us needs to step outside and take some action to help stop this war. Raise hell. Think of something to make the ridiculous look ridiculous. Make our troops know we're for them and trying to get them out of there. Hit the streets to protest Bush's proposed surge. If you can, go to the peace march in Washington on Jan. 27. We need people in the streets, banging pots and pans and demanding, "Stop it, now!"

Some might say that we need Molly Ivins now more than ever. What we really need is for all of us to be more like Molly Ivins.

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