David Mas Masumoto

David Mas Masumoto

Danger of identifying the enemy by appearance

People claim to know the face of the enemy. Some wrongly believe we are under attack by terrorists everywhere, they have infiltrated our communities, they might be our neighbors. The proper course of action, they contend, is to flush them out and identify them by the faces they wear.

David Mas Masumoto

Standing among humble giants

I had the great opportunity to attend the ceremony awarding the National Medal of Arts and Humanities in September at the White House. This is the highest honor bestowed on artists, scholars and writers who have labored to create seminal works that impacted a nation and world. These are the best of the best in their fields.

David Mas Masumoto

The value of struggle as a key to success

While growing up, I wasn’t the brightest student and had some language and speech issues – for example, I thought the letter “R” and “W” were the same and could be used interchangeably. My parents encouraged me to toil in school. They supported me yet never helped with homework or class projects. Education was about hard work, exertion and trials. If I didn’t understand something, they quietly reassured me that struggle was good.

David Mas Masumoto

Farm dogs – trusty, lifelong companions

We have always had a farm dog. The first dog I can remember was appropriately named Dusty. Pat her short fur and a cloud of sandy loam dust puffed into the air. I didn’t know her breed; farmers do not pay attention to pedigree. We want a creature that barks at strangers, is kind to kids and likes being outdoors.

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Trump's first 100 days in 100 seconds

President Donald Trump has spent his first 100 days trying to make good on several campaign promises, but not without controversy. From Inauguration Day to a flurry of executive orders to airstrikes in Syria and Afghanistan, the Trump administration has been busy. Here’s a look back at the first 100 days in 100 seconds.
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Trump's first 100 days in 100 seconds

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Tiny Tots playground closure sign stirs quick action from councilmember Steve Hansen

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