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HOPE LEAVES LOTS OF GOOD MEMORIES

America lost one of its greatest personal attributes this week with the death of Bob Hope at age 100. The vaudeville performer-turned-radio comedian-turned actor was the consummate showman. He contributed more to Americans' well-being over the course of his life than most people can dream of doing.

Bob Hope was an American icon. His impact on America is worthy of national recognition. A National Day of Hope seems in order.

Most of Americans are well aware of Hope's contributions to society. For nearly 80 years he was a constant in Americans' lives, through his vaudeville act, his radio shows, his movies and his television specials. Many of us grew up with Hope and Crosby's "Road'' movies, either at theaters or on television. His TV specials brought laughter into our lives. Christmas wasn't Christmas without Bob Hope Christmas specials; the last one aired in 1996.

What he meant to America and the free world was exemplified by his tours to perform for our troops abroad — starting in 1941 and continuing through the Gulf War in the early 1990s. Hope reflected his name, and Americans were — and will always be — grateful.

The show will go on, but it won't be the same without Bob Hope. The world will miss him.

Sidelining drunks

Oregon's Legislature and governor have demonstrated they are intent on getting drunk drivers off the road.

The Legislature passed, and the governor has signed, House Bill 2885, which revokes, rather than suspends, the license of a driver when there's a third conviction for driving under the influence.

Let's turn to the dictionary for a moment and take a look at that word "revoke." Webster says revoke is "to annul by recalling or taking back."

What that means for any of our readers who might try to get behind the wheel or a car after chugging down three or four beers or three or four shots of whiskey and are arrested is that their license is gone. Poof. The person can no longer drive. The privilege has ended, and not just suspended for a period of time.

Oregon will be the better for it. DUII-related accidents claim nearly 200 lives a year here.

We'll have to see how HB 2885 does in the next year or two in getting drunken drivers off the road. If motorists still haven't figured out that they cannot mix alcohol with getting around in their car or pickup truck, then the Legislature could take a tougher step. Licenses could be revoked after the second conviction for drunken driving.

A tough DUII law is necessary. It's all about saving lives. It's all about keeping families together.

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