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SMALL SPRING - GOOD OAK

Tucson, Arizona 1909


For all writers of Blogs and others involved in 'The Media' today is a sobering one after the tragic event in Tucson, Arizona. Most if not all publishers of Blogs receive comments, some Blogs generate more than others due to their subject matter or in response to a particular article posted in them. All of us have received what NAUTICAL LOG chooses to describe as 'intemperate comments'. We are then faced with a decision to make because our U.S. Constitution allows, indeed guarantees, freedom of speech. This freedom of speech however goes together with something that is too often overlooked, that of responsibility in the society of a democratic republic.

Here at NAUTICAL LOG we deal with that responsibility by a short statement under our Blog title. Secondly all comments come into our e-mail site and are read prior to being released for publishing.

There are two principle sources for the meaning of Arizona, one comes from the O'odham language through Spanish and means "small spring". The other source is the Basque language term "artiz ona" meaning "good oak". The Basque language was well known in the area in the 16th. Century with the arrival of christian ministers of the Society of Jesus. Founded by a Basque soldier, Ignatius de Loyola, the Jesuits organized missions throughout the region to teach and convert the indigenous people. Thus the O'odham and Basque languages exchanged and adapted in the communication and learning from each other. The name Tucson is also based on the O'odham language and means "under the black hill".

So perhaps this tragedy will be a small spring from which we shall learn to improve our interaction and a good oak of communication will develop in our American society to come out from under the shadow of the black hill. We must concentrate to exchange differing points of view in non-vitriolic terms. We might learn that the other person actually has a better point of view than ours or at least learn to agree to disagree graciously.

This Post is printed in black type as a small token of respect to those who lost their lives and were injured in this pointless act in Tucson, Arizona.

Good Watch.

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