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Pat McMahon

La familia

Protesters led by local activist Jaime Martinez, center, arm raised, march Monday May 12, 2014, in front of the Marriott Rivercenter where U.S. House Speaker John Boehner was interviewed by Texas Tribune Editor-in-Chief Evan Smith. Boehner is on a fundraising tour in Texas. The protesters marched for immigration reform and against deportations. (AP Photo/San Antonio Express-News, John Davenport)

We've spent quite a bit of time this week explaining the many characterizations of the word family.

Almost an infinite number of images come to mind, right? Especially, if you pronounce it familia!

In Latin cultures, it's one of the most important motivations in life. Above all, your responsibility is to your family.

Obviously, there are those who fall short, but taking care of one's family is such a driving force for most that some will put their lives in jeopardy just to provide.

Naturally, I'm thinking of the illegals...the law breakers...the border crossers...the often desperate human beings that are all too often considered subhuman. Setting aside the reality of drug dealers and people who just want a free ride into the promised land, far more are looking for an opportunity to support those who depend on them.

Are they criminals? By the letter of a flawed set of laws, they are -- just as Jean Valjean was imprisoned in "Les Miserables" for stealing a loaf of bread for his family.

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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