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As many of you know, I began as a print reporter down south with "The Los Angeles Sentinel", a black weekly in South Central and started my professional career here with "The Bakersfield Californian". So I could not have been happier when "The Suits" here hit me up about writing a blog.

My goal: to write twice maybe three times a week delving deeper into issues talked about on the show or reaching out to subjects that, for whatever reason, we didn't tackle on the broadcast. In the meantime, if you have topic ideas or want to comment on past blogs feel free to contact me at the website or via e mail at ralphbailey@kernradio.com.

Mr. Bailey Goes to Washington

by Ralph Bailey posted Mar 21 2014 3:03PM
Very excited to announce that on April 4 I will be winging my way to our nation's capital along with 19 of the most courageous men this world has ever seen. The spring Honor Flight takes of at the crack of dawn that Friday and I'm proud to serve as a chaperone for one of the 13 World War II veterans and six more veterans from the Korean Conflict.

Lili Marsh continues to do yeoman's work flying our “Greatest Generation” back for the trip of a lifetime. Men who have been witness to most of the 20th Century come back from Washington insisting it was the greatest trip they've ever taken.

Treated like the celebrities they are, the men are showered with standing ovation at every turn, including Sky Harbor Airport, where a recent group was serenaded by a cacophony of cheering and clapping from a grateful nation.

No one realizes more than I that all I do is talk on the radio and, at the end of the day, that and 75 cents will get you a newspaper. But every now and again I get the rare treat to do something of merit...something that truly has a deep impact and I believe this trip is one of those occasions.

I'll of course tell you all about it following our return Sunday, April 6.

Ain't life a kick in the head!
See you on the radio!
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04/03/2014 1:56PM
To the Honor Flight Veterans
First, "Thank you" for you service to this great country. Please enjoy every minute of your special trip to see your memorial which will stand in honor for generations to come. My father is 93 yrs old, and unfortunately is not physically ableto make an Honor Flight - I so very much wanted to take him to see the memorial but he is unable to do so. Therefore, I ask that you please enjoy the sites of this weekend for him. Thank you, Connie Lindley, Bakersfield CA jclindley70@hotmail.com
04/03/2014 10:24PM
Greatest Generation
Greetings Gentlemen, It appears that this might be one of your last tours of duty and I wanted to take a moment to say thanks and job well done. You guys have not only fought and risked your live's for our "democracy and freedom", but you've taught us some invaluable lessons about character. I am so proud of your sacrifices, how you've dealt with adversity, your comradery and humbleness. These lessons of character are "gold" and were passed down to me from my Grandfather and Father (whom both served). I hold these lessons of character sacred and feel it is my duty to walk them and pass them down to the current generation. As a Clinical Psychologist, I am well aware of the current temperature of our culture. I believe our struggles are largely related to the attrition of the "greatest generation". I will promise to each and every one of you that your service and invaluable lessons of character will not be forgotten. I will make it my mission to integrate these invaluable lessons of character into the population I serve and will do my best to walk them daily. I will do this because it is the right thing to do and because it promotes good results for our mental health. Again, thanks for your service and invaluable lessons of character...mission accomplished! Respectfully, Dr Corey Gonzales Clinical Psychologist and Media Consultant
04/04/2014 4:24PM
I just want to thank each of you who sacrificed so much for the sake of me and my children. i really believe that the world and our country are a better place because of the United States involvement and actions during WWII. I am forever grateful, and now as a father of a 4 yr. old boy and a 2 yr. old girl, i hope i can share with them the knowledge of what i have learned about the brave men and women who fought on our behalf for our freedom. God Bless you all... I sign off with this quote i found..... “A man must know his destiny… if he does not recognize it, then he is lost. By this I mean, once, twice, or at the very most, three times, fate will reach out and tap a man on the shoulder… if he has the imagination, he will turn around and fate will point out to him what fork in the road he should take, if he has the guts, he will take it.” ― George S. Patton Jr.
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