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ROGER BÜTOW, Laguna Beach

Trump said that during his Presidency, we’d win so much that we’d get tired of it.

Well, I’m getting tired of all of the selfish contempt about COVID’s necessary restrictions: We’re officially a Nation of Whiners.”

My parents (dad born in 1907, mom in 1922) didn’t brag, but they were The Greatest Generation, as Tom Brokaw wrote in his seminal 1998 book.

Dad left medical school in Hamburg circa 1930, when he saw the advent of National Socialism (Nazism). He was a stowaway on his uncle’s ship, entered the USA illegally, literally jumped ship in LA Harbor. Proudly born of Prussian nobility, he struggled for many years upon arriving during the Depression, without legal citizenship. 

Mom’s mother died giving birth, her father dumped her on her aunt’s doorstep in LA, and he was never seen or heard from again.

They sacrificed for the common good, including nation and family, endured tough times, did without, as all Americans did for many years, post-Depression and during WWII.

Six kids, all raised on the wages of my tugboat captain father. 

Eventually divorced, mom went back to waiting tables to supplement her alimony and child support.

Today, baby boomers my age sit around, cry and whimper about a few years of inconvenience, curtailed activities. 


It’s embarrassing.

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  • I’m thinking about reopening the walnut grove rest. In San Juan. I need to know if the local community cares or want me to. My grandfather opening it in 1921 with the mission and a gas station on a little dirt road. Those were the only things in San Juan at the time. I ran the restaurant at the end be4 it was sold and demolished. The walnut grove restaurant was located between that hotel and the mission in front of the church. Every Sunday the church occupants would walk to the restaurant to meet and mingle. What I need to know does anybody in the Sam Juan community care or want me to move forward. That will determine if or when I move forward.

    Mick Newhart
    26972 Mallorca lane

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