I am now of the opinion that a compelling case for stricter gun
laws can not be made.
- James Wright –

James Wright was a staunch anti-gun advocate.  In the late
sixties, he received Justice Department funding to study the
effectiveness of gun laws on the incident of violent crimes.  
Wright hoped the study would support his anti-gun philosophies.
This was not to be the case.  Instead, he found that all forms of
gun control were ineffective at reducing the incidents of violent

Published in Sept. 2000 edition of  HANDGUNS


My wife always made a point to introduce new visitors to each of
our cherished pets. With each introduction, she provided a brief
history of the animal and how it was named.  That is until she
introduced Draino, our Siamese cat.  Here, she would pause and
wait for the obvious question.

“Draino?  How on earth did he get a name like that?”

With a broad smile, she would then tell them story of the toilet
that meowed.

Published in May 1997 edition of CATS Magazine
Is Your Bus Shop a Breeding Ground for Workplace Violence?

As Paul was walking through the maintenance shop, he caught a glimpse of a silver
bar flying through the air. He woke up several hours later in a hospital bed with a
pounding headache. His doctor was standing near by. He told Paul that he had been hit
in the head by something one of the other mechanics had thrown. The doctor also told
Paul the headaches would continue for three or four weeks. Paul was off work for the
entire four weeks.

State safety investigators did a more thorough investigation though. They concluded
this was an act of workplace violence.

Take a look at your shop. Is it a breeding ground for workplace violence? If it is, are
you taking action to prevent violence from erupting? Or, will you wait for a citation or

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Late night phone calls never bring good news, especially for the fire
brigade. This time, Pete's home is burning. I don pants and boots and
throw the rest of my clothes as I run to the garage. Once there, I toss
garden hoses and shovels into my truck. My tires spray gravel across the
front of the house as I race off towards the fire.

This fire sparked a two year battle with county commissioners. And our
community won. We finally got our fire department.

Published in July 2015 addition of Fire Rescue.

Ready for Anything
If your incident location is two miles up, are you really prepared to
Fire Rescue 06/20/2017

Minutes to live

"That was a situation not anticipated by a school bus contractor and it
had never happened before," the attorney said.

This was the attorney’s defense strategy for his school bus contractor
client. The bus company was a provider of contract school bus services to
an Ohio city. And it was trying to abate a willful violation citation (most
serious) issued by OSHA. The citation was based on the unsafe conditions
and training that resulted in the death of a shop mechanic from carbon
monoxide poisoning. The citation also carried a $95,000 fine.

The maintenance employee came in early one day as he had done
numerous times before. He then used a small gas powered generator to
jump start buses. Coworkers found the maintenance employee’s body in
the cab of his service truck later that morning. He had succumbed to the
carbon monoxide (CO) fumes given off by the generator.

How long did it take for the fumes to incapacitate the maintenance
worker? What's your guess? Fifteen minutes? Half an hour? An hour?
These guesses would be wrong. So here is an audience participation test
you can take to arrive at a better answer.

All to often it takes a major disaster for a community to
develop an efficient emergency management program.  
Unfortunately, this was the case in Southern Gila and
Pinal Counties, Ariz.  Perhaps their lesson can benefit

From 1983 through 1984, this area was devastated be a
series of disasters.  The first, a large-area range fire,
burned more than 100 square miles of Pinal County,
with dozens of homes and businesses in the area.  
Firefighters, law enforcement officers from six
agencies, and area volunteers responded to the fire.

Published in the June 1993 edition of JEMS

    Unionville!  The New Bonanza!

The 1860's were an exciting time here in the
territory of Nevada.  New mining camps seemed
to spring up everywhere.  Each heralded as the
true Golconda!  The next bonanza!  

Many young men succumb to these claims and
left their homes in hopes of becoming the next
boomtown millionaires.   Samuel Langhorne
Clemens, brother of our new territorial governor,
was no exception.   He and three other gents left
the comforts of Carson City for the mining camps
of the Humboldt Mountains.  They stopped briefly
in one of these camps called Unionville.  Here,
they would learned the real secrete to being
successful miners.

Published in Nov. 1994 edition INTERNATIONAL

Republished in  1995 edition of CHRONICLES OF