Santa & the Soldier

It was the night before Christmas, he lived all alone, in a one bedroom house made of plaster and stone.

I had come down the chimney with presents to give, and to see just who in the house did live.

I looked all about, a strange sight I did see, no tinsel, no presents, not even a tree.

No stocking by the mantle, just boots filled with sand, and on the wall pictures of far distant lands.

With medals and badges, awards of all kinds, a sobering thought came to mind.

For this house was different, so dark and so dreary, the home of a soldier, now I could see clearly.

The soldier lay sleeping, silent, alone, curled up on the floor in the one bedroom home.

The face was gentle, the room in such disorder, not how I pictured a United States soldier.

Was this the hero of whom I’d just read? Curled up on a poncho, the floor for a bed?

I realized the families that I saw this night, owed their lives to these soldiers who were willing to fight.

Soon round the world, the children would play, and grownups would celebrate a bright Christmas day.

They all enjoyed freedom each month of the year, because of the soldiers, like the one lying here.

I couldn’t help wonder how many lay alone, on a cold Christmas Eve, in a land far from home.

The very thought brought a tear to my eye, I dropped to my knees and started to cry.

The soldier awakened and I heard a rough voice, “Santa, don’t cry, this life is my choice;

I fight for freedom. I don’t ask for more, my life is my God, my country, my corps.”

The soldier rolled over and soon drifted to sleep, I couldn’t control it, I continued to weep.

I kept watch for hours, so silent and still, and we both shivered from the cold evening’s chill.

I didn’t want to leave on that cold, dark, night, this guardian of honor so willing to fight.

Then the soldier rolled over, with a voice soft and pure, whispered,

“Carry on Santa, it’s Christmas Day, all is secure.”

One look at my watch and I knew he was right.

“Merry Christmas my friend, and to all a good night.”

By Lance Corporal James M. Schmidt

Response to "Clinton was the people's choice for Presdient"

I couldn't help but seeing and reading the comments of one of our liberal neighbors expressed in the "Valley Voices" in Sunday's High Desert Section of the Daily Press. And having read numerous of this writer's comments over the years, I anticipated that this writer's comments would be filled with factually incorrect interpretations of the Electoral College and would lean heavily to the "left." And like many other writers who supported Hillary Clinton, I expected a heavy dose of sniveling and crying “foul” since their candidate lost the election to Donald Trump. Now of course, all the boo hoos and presumptive negative comments (about Trump and his cabinet selections) would not have been expressed and the Electoral College would have been the greatest thing on earth, had Clinton won the Presidential election. But I am humored about the quantity of the assertion that, "the threat Donald Trump and his ship of fools poses to our nation and makes sure the voices of all the people..." (are heard) blah, blah, blah ... this writer's translation... so long as the Democrats win the election, nothing else matters.

So my simple conclusion and no I didn't vote for Donald Trump (so I guess I'm not on that ship), is that liberals enjoy freely expressing jaded, inaccurate, half-truths, to express their frustration over losing the recent Presidential election and don't want the long accepted rules changed so long as they win the election. As a side note writer, the remaining part of America put up with your hero for eight long years and we did hear many conservatives cry and snivel for most of that time, sometimes for good reason. So since the writer and others say Clinton won the majority of the popular vote, the textile industry will be booming in the manufacturing of cotton towels, so that all the crying can be absorbed adequately by the majority, for we are in for a long (at least) next four years and I'm certain this writer has just begun a new silly season!

Happy Holidays all!

Alex Varga

Apple Valley

President Obama’s press conference

President Obama’s last press conference was obviously rigged with predetermined questions from the White House (Pravda) Press Corps. All Mr. Obama wanted to talk about was his feigned accomplishments, which were done despite his abuse of power and deceit.

And his press complied with questions about Russia hacking the election, helping Syrian refugees and criticizing President-elect Trump in disguise. Too much for one reporter who fainted.

Indeed, there were no questions or answers about national and domestic security to wit: the deadly world plague of ISIS terrorism, or the American plague of crime and drugs, all created and highly intensified by President Obama’s gross failures.

America’s worst president, indeed.

Daniel B. Jeffs

Apple Valley

Compromise? Balderdash!

Whether in politics or in sports, the object is to beat the opposition ... to win the game ... to dictate the outcome, without compromising the rules of "the game." The act of compromise can be effective in situations where the effect of compromise does not injure or denigrate either of the parties involved, but is wrong when used to take advantage or cheat to win the game.

The strategy of all socialist/communist/progressive/totalitarian and, yes, the Democrat Party is to give credence to a compromise position. A "compromiser" will at the outset, present an outrageous proposal, which is rejected, and then proceed to demand a compromise. As an example, they propose taking "two steps forward," with the intention to get the other party to "compromise" by taking "one step back." That in essence achieves the original intent by moving one step closer to the original outrageous proposal. This tactic has been most successful for the socialist Democrat Party in persuading the Republican-In-Name-Only politicians to "go along to get along," with legislation that the "grassroots" Republican voter and many a Democrat voter does not agree with. Our elected representatives should say NO, to compromise! We must win ... follow the rules ... but ... defeat the opposing team and win the game!

Voters have shown that they are aware of what has been happening, and in 2016 elected a person who promises to change how business is done in Washington.. The basic "grassroots" American of both political parties rebelled against what is referred to as "the Establishment," the Democrat media and the entire Obama agenda and are now in favor of "draining the swamp." They want us to win the game for the American people.

Lee Bell

Apple Valley