My real name is Frank Apisa...I live in Piscataway NJ.
Thank you Frank, I had hoped you're real
Many of the things I discuss here on the Internet, I discuss in letters-to-editors or Op Ed essays over the last 30 years.
In a remarkable parallel my realname is indeed Dale Hileman (God help me) and I have also contributed Letters to the Editor--for some 60 years-- decades ago to the LA Times; and more recently accepted about 130 instances--over the past 16 years--in our excellent and award-winning Fourth Estate, the Victorville, Ca Daily Press or Press Dispatch depending for tax reasons on the day of the week
I do not pull punches in any of those pieces.
I don't either and perhaps that's why 130 frenzied epistles represent only about ten percent of all those I've submitted locally. We live in a somewhat conservative community while, in social matters at least, I'm a raging lib. So I guess I might have stepped over the line in one or two such cases if not 1200
The newspapers and magazines all require that I furnish my name and hometown--and they publish that with my letters or essays.
Yes but of course the Internet Forum is a different sort of animal, perhaps reaching potentially far more fanatics (left and right both). My sons plead with me to get a new username
…..causing me to wonder whether some dark hour dozens of garishly-detailed 4x4's and pickups won't converge on our surburban home, horns blaring, shouting right-wing slogans, and carrying shotguns
So I do not understand the "username" stuff that goes on here in the forums.
Oh, I do. Various reasons include a feeling of exasperation, enmity, and powerlessness pervading their everyday lives, having found a means to vent it anonymously at the keyboard
But if you feel safer...or if you feel you can express yourself more forthrightly by not using your real name, Dale...go with that.
Thank you Frank for the permission but amongst my contribs it would be hard to find an example less forthright than this
…….with my thanks to its Opinion Ed. Steve Williams (sometimes wondering which of us will go first). My lifelong ambition is to one day within the next five years to make his essay or COMMENTARY OpEd
……my nephrologist assuring me--oh by the way, that's how long you've left