Yes I Can

June 4th, 2020

These are, without a doubt, strange and troubled times. A pandemic, recession, racial tension, political unrest; and seven billion people looking for solutions. But as bad as it seems, it’s been worse. 

It was just recently that the last Civil War pension was given to the surviving sibling of a Union soldier.That’s right. The Civil war, which for young people must seem like the faded text from their history books, ended only 150 years ago. A half million Americans died. And we survived.

My mother is 98 and her mother had the Spanish flu, and they both lived into their late nineties. 

And counting. 

My mother lived thru the depression, the Second World war, nuclear bombings, Jim Crow, the Cold war, the Kennedy assassination, Vietnam, the sixties, and you know the rest. We emerged bruised and battered, but with an understanding;

that life is hard, but worth it.
That justice delayed is justice denied.
And that ultimately, gravity wins. 

But not today.

We have a lot of work to do, but I see the bright eyes of young people determined to push ahead and make a difference. They inspire me to be my best. 


There are really only two truths; yes I can and no I can’t. 
The rest is up to you.

Chip Franklin

Franklin is a 25 year veteran of talk radio, beginning his career in Washington DC during Clinton’s first term. He currently hosts the afternoon show at KGO radio, San Francisco. … read more
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