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    Kayaker John Willens made it to the Gulf of Mexico


Better News in Bad Times

Good Monday morning, my friends
A reader emailed me a scolding note last week.
As an engineer, he just wants facts, not good cheer.

"I don't read newspapers to be cheered up," he said.
To each his own. But there’s lots of good news.

For example, kayaker John Willens of Lexington.
He made a 2,350-mile trip down the Mississippi River.

42 days from Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico. 
He met river people, bears, a gray wolf and alligators.

His goal is to raise $30,000 for mental health.
Specifically, the National Alliance on Mental Illness. 
John’s story counters crime, disease and other horror.
We report the good as well as the bad news.
To help John, go to

If you know other good news, please let me know.
Email me at

Send us photos of your kids doing what kids do, too.
Send them to


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