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Re-evaluating April 14

Observer Viewpoint | Monday, April 18, 2005

You thought April 14th was bad?

Well, what Ken Fowler’s April 14 Inside Column fails to mention is that it was actually the 15th of April that President Lincoln died. And the Titanic finally sunk. And don’t forget, every year, this date will be Federal Tax Day.

And we know how bad all of this is because it is also our birthday. Imagine having friends unable to buy you anything except a pack of Hello Kitty pencils for your party because their parents waited too long to file their taxes. Or your town decides to do an Abe Lincoln vigil the day you’re trying to celebrate becoming a teenager.

Now we realize that April, in general, is a bad month. The Branch Davidian standoff in Waco and the Oklahoma City Bombing happened on the 19th of this month. The 20th has Columbine, Hitler’s birthday and some militia massacre in Colorado.

So before you start complaining that the 14th is the worst day in history, remember: you still have tomorrow to look forward to.

Alicia Lachiondo, Carolyn Sweeney


Howard Hall

April 15