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Mark McVay has lived and taught school in Oregon, Michigan, California, and Colorado. He is a Vietnam veteran and served in the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment in South Vietnam in 1969-70. His wife is a retired USMC officer. McVay's writing has appeared in Detroit Free Press, Free Press Sunday Magazine, Michigan Runner, Sport Detroit Magazine, The Metro Times, The Voice Newspaper Group, Michigan Voice, Willamette Week, The Oregonian, The Canyon Courier, San Diego Tribune, and the Denver Post primarily on the topics of politics, education, and sports. He currently lives and writes in Golden, Colorado.
SHARE Thursday, April 28, 2011 The New Welfare
The new welfare is a bigger story than just a few aging Vietnam veterans looking to collect benefits for PTSD that occurred three and four decades ago. Much bigger. It is the story of retiring career military personnel applying for and collecting up to 100 percent disability payments for injuries and conditions they allege happened while they served in the U.S. military, whether or not they ever served in combat conditions,
SHARE Sunday, December 9, 2007 I Am Egg. Hear Me Roar.
The subject of when life begins is a sticky one. (Sorry). With God remaining typically silent on the issue and humans left to grapple with the conjuring of earthly definitions, a questions posed by the Colorado ballot measure that would grant the status of legal personhood to a fetilized egg are sure to be many.
(5 comments) SHARE Friday, September 21, 2007 A Gathering of Smeagols
It wasn't the Eagles who had landed in Washington, DC last weekend. It was the Smeagols, there to kick a little ass and reclaim their "precisoussss".
(5 comments) SHARE Thursday, July 12, 2007 Lions and Tigers and Bears. Oh My!
For over half a decade now George Bush, Dick Cheney and Condoleeza Rice have: like Dorothy, Scarecrow, and the Tin Man: pointed to unseen things that lurk in the shadows of the American imagination.
"Lions and Tigers and Bears. Oh My!" Except, instead of the man-eating jungle animals the chant arising from the trio has been terrorists, terrorists; terrorists. But a new ululation has begun to usurp the old.
SHARE Monday, July 9, 2007 The Cardinal Lesson
Military leadership isn't just about winning the war. It's about learning from the past.
(2 comments) SHARE Monday, July 2, 2007 FedEx Stories
If you watch enough television you've no doubt see the commercials touting the stories of loyal Federal Express employees who have gone above and beyond the call of duty in delivery services for appreciative customers worldwide. Here's a FedEx story you won't see.
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, June 16, 2007 The Horror
There's so much bad news these days surrounding the disastrous wars in Iraq and Afghanistan that reading the news is like cherry picking from the a diseased tree the fruit's all rotten.
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, December 23, 2006 The Way Forward
"The way forward is to succeed in Iraq" President Bush told the nation on December 11, 2006. A short drive through parts of Detroit or New Orleans should make him think more about the way forward here in the homeland.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, December 19, 2006 Road to Nowhere
A Drive through Detroit's east side can be a frightening experience for the uninitiated.
SHARE Thursday, November 30, 2006 Kevorkian Reconsidered
Reconsideration of Jack Kevorkian and the fact that he is still in prison for assisted suicide. A darkly humorous consideration of his life and eventual imprisonment with that of several political and corporate figures who have been instumental in the premature deaths of so many Americans by selling death in tobacco, alcohol, and war