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One of my favorite Web sites is Snopes, which checks out all of those rumors floating around cyberspace. I don't know who runs the site, but I've found it a great way to quickly check out the e-mails my friends, family and readers send me.

Below is an e-mail a reader sent me and my response. Before sending the e-mail, the reader had called me and complained that we should have put this story about Denzel Washington on our front page instead of news about Michael Ratcliff.


To: Chris Cobler
Subject: Fw: look it over (important)

this is NEWS and decent enough for ALL to read and see instead of a man who does you know what to boys    how disgusting  thanks   lets all show our christianity

 look it over (important)

 The  Media (Accidently?)
Missed  this one!!!!

Please  read this:

The  troops oversees would like you to send it to everybody you know.  

Denzel  Washington, and  
Brooks   Army Medical Center

Don't  know  whether  you  heard  about this  

Denzel  Washington  and  his family visited

the  troops at   Brook   Army Medical Center ,  in  

San  Antonio ,
  Texas  (BAMC) the other day. This

is where soldiers who have been  evacuated from

Germany  come to be hospitalized in the United

States, especially burn  victims. There are some

buildings there called  Fisher  Houses.  The Fisher

House is a Hotel where soldiers' families can stay,  

for little or no charge, while their soldier is staying  

in the Hospital. BAMC has quite a few of these houses  

on base, but as you can imagine, they are almost fill ed  

most of the time.

Denzel Washington was visiting  BAMC, they gave

him a tour of one of the Fisher Houses. He  asked how

much one of them would cost to build. He took his  check

book out and wrote a check for the
full  amount right there

on the spot. The soldiers  overseas were amazed to hear

this story and want to get the  word out to the American

public, because it warmed their hearts  to hear it.

The question is
- why  do:

Brad  Pitt


Tom  Cruise

other Hollywood fluff  

make  front page news with their ridiculous

and Denzel Washington's  Patriotism

doesn't even make page 3 in the Metro  section of

an y newspaper except the Local newspaper in   San  


& lt; BR>

A true American and  friend to all in uniform!

This  needs
  as wide a  distribution  
as we can  create.
  Share it!


Thanks for your call and for writing. The e-mail you sent contains information almost three years old and somewhat inaccurate. You may read more about it at this Web site:
The Web site is an excellent way to check out chain e-mails you may receive. Many of these chain e-mails contain inaccurate or somewhat inaccurate information, which we cannot publish in our newspaper.
Chris Cobler
Victoria Advocate