My daughter the Mac has graduated with honors from Matthews High School! She is happy to have received a couple of local scholarships. We attended a sports award banquet yesterday. Mac lettered in softball and it was a nice event that parents brought covered dishes to. These kinds of events that honor our children make me proud to be a member of the Vienna community.
The Elecpencil has always been allergic to money but has never had any danger of breaking out in a rash from having any. I realized the other night that I am wealthy because I have two children that have turned out to be fine young adults that make me proud. It may not be the kind of wealth you can spend but it is the kind of wealth that makes for a better future for all of us. You can take that to the bank.
An update about the late Joe Alexi that I wrote about in my post, “No Average Joe”: At the sports banquet it was mentioned that donations would be accepted for a bench with the late Joe Alexi’s name on it to be placed at either the school or football field. It was mentioned that Joe was the one guy that could be phoned last minute and show up to do anything that needed to be done for our communities kids. Because Joe always sold 50/50 raffle tickets at the high school football and basketball games he was affectionately known as, “Mr. 50/50.”
I’d like to make a comment about the killing of Dr.Tiller in Kansas. A few months ago commentators on the right were outraged that Homeland Security was warning about right-wing extremists here in the USA. Well, it looks like Homeland Security was correct. Add in that right-wing commentators like Bill O’Reilly in over two-dozen shows had called Dr. Tiller a murderer.
I see bumper stickers promoting, pro-life, God, guns and hunting. Those of us on the left feel that these folks are entitled to have these opinions. If I had bumper stickers saying, pro-choice, anti-God, anti-guns and anti-hunting how long would it be before me or my vehicle was damaged or shot full of holes? Having such a bumper sticker would make me suicidal as I’d be inviting, “Suicide by right-wing extremists.”
I remember a few years back when there was a debate about stopping hunting in the Cuyahoga Forest. An elderly woman had a bumper sticker saying to support efforts to stop hunting in the forest. She was followed by a hunter in his truck who severely beat her. I’m saying these folks on the right tend to be more dangerous than ones on the left. Then there are the hypocrites on the right like: O’Reilly, Hannity, Boss Limbaugh, Bill Kristol, G W Bush and Cheney who can’t get enough of war but all ducked the draft.
If America wants to bring peace and a better life to the planets back yards we better start cleaning our own front porches.
- “How much longer are we going to think it necessary to be “American” before (or in contradiction to) being cultivated, being enlightened, being humane, and having the same intellectual discipline as other civilized countries?”