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Final Word: Death of Margaret Thatcher

Margaret Thatcher has died and, watching the tributes Monday morning, I was reminded how lucky I was to have lived at a time she was so influential.

What a great role model she was for young girls in the ’80s.

We saw Ronald Reagan become close friends with Margaret Thatcher and we could really feel how much respect the two had for each other.

It never occurred to me what a groundbreaker she was in the world of politics, and I’m glad. I took for granted how unique it was that she was a woman in a man’s world. She didn’t compromise, and didn’t apologize.

And she was very brave. One of my favorite quotes of hers is “Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren’t.”

And “Any woman who understands the problems of running a home will be nearer to understanding the problems of running a country.”

Amen!


More Americans dropping television

New numbers out show more Americans are saying “see you later” to their televisions.

The number of “zero TV” households is up to 5 million. These are homes that don’t watch a traditional TV set, instead viewing what they want on a tablet or laptop or other device. No cable, no dish. Imagine the freedom!

But I think I would be a little lonely. I grew up in the age when the “Today Show” was on as soon as you got your coffee, and the “Tonight Show” was on when you went to bed.

I know, the traditional TV will soon go the way of the home telephone line, but it still makes me feel connected in a way I’m not sure I want to say goodbye to.


Windy weather in Arizona

If you’ve had it with the wind Monday, be glad you don’t live in the Rockies or the Midwest.

This storm is part of a major front that could bring 24 inches of snow to Denver by Tuesday. Hail and thunderstorms also expected toward the northern Midwest by the middle of the week.