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Pat McMahon


I hope dead babies grow up in heaven. They don't have to get old. It would be nice if they just grew up enough to play sports, enjoy music, eat ice cream and forgive the fathers who killed them.

I hope Jamison Gray will be able to understand some day that the unspeakable pain he suffered on the August day when he died in that car, was not something his father intended.

Jamison was three months old, but his father is 31. Jamison's pain is over, but his father's is just beginning. Jamison's dad will ask himself for the rest of his life why he didn't take the baby with him into the sports bar where he worked.

Even if he intended to stay for only a minute, instead of the reported hour, why did he leave the infant in the car at all? Even at 70 degrees it's inexcusable, but it was over 100 degrees that day and much, much hotter in the car.

We've all forgotten things, be it car keys, wallets or anniversaries…but not a three-month-old baby. Unless new incriminating information comes up, I don't think the father should go to jail. House arrest should be punishment enough, but turn off the air conditioning.

I'm Pat McMahon

About the Author

He's done it all -- and keeps doing it. His career in local Arizona radio and television dates back the late 60s. Pat always stimulates with his thought provoking, opinionated, and entertaining commentaries on the Arizona Morning News while hosting award-winning talkshows like "The McMahon Group" and "The God Show."

"The McMahon Group" features an unpredictable all-star panel where three people from the community get together and give their thoughts on the news of the week. He also hosts "The God Show" on Sunday's where he talks about all aspects of spirituality.

Pat is also well known outside of radio because of his multifaceted career as an actor, producer, recording artist, writer, broadcaster, and one-third of the legendary comedy team that was on TV for 35 years in Arizona, "The Wallace and Ladmo Show."

Through the many experiences of his professional life, Pat has been richly rewarded with 7 Emmys, major national and international radio awards as well as numerous civic, educational, religious and humanitarian awards. Pat was also a recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from Ottawa University, the Arizona Broadcasters Lifetime achievement Award, and has his bronze likeness hanging in the rotunda of the Herberger Theater in recognition of his contributions to Communications & The Arts.


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