- The Washington Times - Sunday, July 20, 2008


Noble: Tony Snow, who fought a courageous battle with cancer in public, to inspire others.

To much sadness, Tony passed away last week after a valiant struggle and was buried July 17. But even in terminal illness, the former White House press secretary and editorial page editor of this newspaper, thought of others first. He spoke about his cancer repeatedly in an attempt to inspire those similarly afflicted, and their families, saying: “Make the most of your life.”

“Since the news that I have cancer again, I have heard from thousands and thousands of people and I have been the subject of untold prayers,” he told graduates of Catholic University last year in a commencement address. “I’m telling you right now: You’re young and you feel bullet-proof and invincible. But never underestimate the power of other people’s love and prayer. They have incredible power. It’s as if I’ve been carried on the shoulders of an entire army.”

Elsewhere, he said: “Not everybody will survive cancer … . But on the other hand, you have got to realize you’ve got the gift of life, so make the most of it. That is my view, and I’m going to make the most of my time with you.”

Tony kept reaching out to his fellow Americans almost until the very end.

For a valiant fight that inspired us all, Tony Snow is the Noble of the Week.

Knave: The Martha’s Vineyard man whom police say told a shark tale about two great whites off the island where “Jaws” was filmed, setting off a panic.

Fearsome indeed: The July 11 Boston Globe reported that a great white was spotted with a dorsal fin “sticking some 2 1/2 feet out of the water” off the waters of this posh Massachusetts vacation spot. The fright! Then one local man reported seeing two 22-foot killers estimated to weigh 3,000 pounds each. He claimed he spotted them as he worked on a fishing boat. The story made waves in the international media. It was “Jaws” all over again. As a precaution, beaches were closed in South Beach State Park along the island’s southern coast.

And then the news emerged that the reports are bogus. Michael Lopenzo, 60, was charged with disorderly conduct for allegedly lying about sighting the two great whites. Edgartown Police Chief Paul Condlin told the AP that Mr. Lopenzo gave the name of a nonexistent boat and a fictitious owner when his story was probed, casting much doubt. The beaches were reopened, though skittish swimmers may still opt for the pool.

For much ado about nothing, Mr. Shark Tales of Edgartown, Mass., is the Knave of the Week.

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