Trying To Say The Right Thing

Commentary by Bill Buchanan

This is my last column for the Ojai Valley News as publisher. Writing a final column is similar to standing in line at a wake. It is a very emotional time. You want to express exactly the right thought, yet almost anything you say seems forced and trite. The one notable exception to this is something I witnessed at a wake many years ago. An elderly gentlemen in the receiving line ahead of me uttered the most extraordinary thing I have ever heard at any group gathered to honor the dead. This wake was particularly tragic and poignant. A

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