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I grew up in San Francisco, CA.
Everyone from San Francisco has a favorite song about “The City”…
For some it’s “We Built This City”.  For some it’s “Sittin’ On the Dock of the Bay”.  For a lot it’s Tony Bennett and “I Left My Heart In San Francisco”.
For me, there are actually two songs – one from early childhood and black and white movies.  It’s Jeanette McDonald singing “San Francisco“.  The other is from much later in my life.  It’s a song about growing up and how things change from what you hoped for or expected.  It’s called “Taxi” by Harry Chapin.
As usual, read my version of the lyrics and then go find the songs on-line somewhere…  [Note: the lyrics for “San Francisco” are actually Judy Garland’s version, because Jeanett’s was mostly background singing during the movie and although it’s Jeanette’s voice I hear when I remember the song, it’s Judy’s version.  I know, a trick of memory, but still true…  KMAB]
Oh, and here’s the link to the City’s web site.
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The following is a excerpt from a speech given by President Dwight D. Eisenhower.  The quote was sent to me by my brother Sean and it struck me because the quote (and the speech) hi-lights in a very real way that peace (like liberty) has a very real cost – Freedom Isn’t Free!:

Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. This is not a way of life at all in any true sense. Under the clouds of war, it is humanity hanging on a cross of iron.

— Dwight Eisenhower, 1953 “The Chance For Peace” speech

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