Author Archives: daviddhovey

Seeking justice for Ethan

On January 12, 2013, a 26 year old man with Down syndrome named Ethan Saylor was killed after a brutal altercation with three off-duty County Sheriff Deputy Officers. The story begins at a Maryland movie theatre. After watching the movie … Continue reading

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A true unsung hero

Their eyes make contact from across the pavilion. Slowly, the young girl in the wheelchair maneuvers her way towards him. When they meet, he bends down and tenderly puts his arms around her and embraces her for what seems like … Continue reading

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Welcome to the new economy

Last year, I read an interesting article in the San Jose Mercury News entitled: “Robot Culture Blossoms in the Bay Area”. The article highlighted a start-up robotics company named Momentum Machines based in San Francisco. The company is presently hard … Continue reading

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The critical lessons of ValuJet 592

As a technical communications professional, I belong to a large organization called the Society for Technical Communications (STC). At our last monthly meeting, our chapter invited Joseph Devney to speak. Mr. Devney is a noted linguist and technical writing consultant … Continue reading

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Roger and me

I recently returned from a memorial service in Southern California that honored the life of my former Brother-in-Law Roger Nielson who unexpectedly passed away from a massive brain hemorrhage. In short, the service was a glorious celebration of a unique … Continue reading

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Straight to the heart

I vividly remember how angry I became during my son’s last annual Individualized Education Plan (IEP) meeting back in March of 2012. What aroused my anger was listening to my son’s 5th grade teacher argue with my wife on how … Continue reading

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A flight to redemption

Yesterday I saw the movie Flight starring Denzel Washington. I have wanted to see this move for quite a while and was finally able to see it before it left the theatres. In short, the film is a fantastic story … Continue reading

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The sweet smell of napalm

One of my favorite all-time films is Francis Ford Coppola’s 1979 classic Apocalypse Now. Towards the beginning of the movie there unfolds a spectacular air attack involving the use of napalm ordinance that incinerates several acres of dense jungle. After … Continue reading

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Eatin’ good in the neighborhood

Imagine that it’s 7pm and you’re exhausted from a long day at the office. Your starving family is patiently waiting at home for a quality meal to be placed on the dinner table. Upon your arrival home, you reach into … Continue reading

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Blacks in the south

In a few weeks, my wife and I will become deeply engaged in a continuing due process legal action against our son’s school district. After two marathon Individualized Education Plan (IEP) meetings resulting in an unacceptable classroom offering, we decided … Continue reading

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