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Wednesday, January 22, 2014 • Posted January 23, 2014

Monday was Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

Which brings up a certain subject.

John F. Kennedy.

Robert F. Kennedy.

Abraham Lincoln.

James Garfield.

Jesse James.

William McKinley.

Medgar Evers.

Lee Harvey Oswald.

Malcolm X.

Alberta King.

Don Bolles.

Alan Berg.

Anna Mae Aquash.

Huey Newton.

Leo J. Ryan.

And John Lennon.

To name a few of the assassinated.

Here, right here, in America.

Land of the Free.

Home of the Brave.

We aren’t alone.

Every country has them.

Some more than others.

And the majority have no suspects.

Or they remain unsolved.

In Columbia, the long list simply says a certain cartel ordered them.

Oh…(gulp).

Thanks for letting us know.

And, uh…don’t call us, we’ll call you.

Politics.

Power.

Drugs.

Money.

Race.

Religion.

Abortion.

Homosexuality.

These are a few of an assassin’s favorite things.

The Italians started it.

Titus Tatias, Sabine king.

Killed in Rome in 748 BC.

No clue who.

And from there it skips along.

Julius Caesar.

Cicero.

Caligula.

Claudius.

Mussolini.

And that’s just a few.

Today Italy is known more for its cucina than its killings.

Now that’s good news.

So when in Rome do as the Romans do.

Live and let live.

Mangia, mangia.

That’s Mason.

Renee Walker is a poet, writer, and real estate broker on the Square with her canine assistant, Buster.

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