Opinions are fun. My friends tell me I am someone with lots of opinions
and that's fine since I don't get mad at others when they disagree with me. In this same spirit I am interested
in hearing yours views as long as you are able to share your views without boiling over. I look forward to hearing from you.
I tend to write in the form of short essays most of the time, but contributions do not need to be in this same format or size.
Some of the content here will date itself pretty quickly, other content may be virtually timeless, this is for the reader to judge.
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Writing isn’t speaking
Posted at: Jan/23/2013 : Posted by: mel
Related Category: Behavior, People, Society,
I’m not a very good speaker. By Toastmaster standards I say “um” too many times and periodically pause to regroup when I lose my train of thought. Nevertheless I accept teaching and speaking challenges often. I wish I were a better speaker and that is probably why I put myself in front of groups. I don’t wish I were a better speaker to the same magnitude that I wish I were a better writer.
What happened to the signature?
Posted at: Jan/22/2013 : Posted by: mel
Related Category: People, Perspectives,
In our modern era of digital everything, it is difficult for anything to stay pertinent. The LP (Long Play Record) is considered a collectible. The clutch and standard transmission are becoming custom options at your car dealership. A television with any front panel controls can now only be found at a thrift store. Personally, I am glad that the polyester leisure suit has faded to novelty, but w.....read more…
When the Catholic Church changed
Posted at: Jan/20/2013 : Posted by: mel
Related Category: Religion, Society,
Religion has been one of those subjects I have avoided delving into. I have not avoided it because I am anti-religion, rather; because discussions on religion seldom lead to rational conversation or debate. There seems to always be that person in the crowd who emphatically states that if you do not believe as they do “you are doomed to hell.” I am more tolerant than many believing that most mod.....read more…
A good sandwich and a ballot
Posted at: Jan/08/2013 : Posted by: mel
Related Category: Politics & Gov, Watching America,
I still remember the day well. During a cold January morning, the intercom in my high school chemistry class while sparking static requested that my teacher send me to the front office. Without hesitation my teacher pointed a finger at me and told me to get going. Not being unfamiliar with trouble, there was the usual array of sarcastic comments such as “what did you do this time” as I weaved b.....read more…
How steep is the fiscal cliff?
Posted at: Dec/10/2012 : Posted by: mel
Related Category: Economics,
With the November 2012 election behind us, President Obama is again seated in the oval office. Yet the Republicans still control the House of Representatives. It would be easy to argue that the election resolved nothing and despite the rhetoric, no one actually got a clear mandate from the people.
In the spirit of the status quo, we still have all the same personalities facing off at the nego.....read more…
What happened to Government?
Posted at: Dec/03/2012 : Posted by: mel
In these days of capitol gridlock, never-ending filibusters, budget deficits and fiscal cliffs I am frustrated by what appears to be the total dysfunction of our elected officials. It seems clear that the Senate, the House of Representatives and the President don’t seem able to sit down and agree to anything except that they disagree. I am not one who dwells in the past with rose colored memorie.....read more…
Be quiet, I’m thinking
Posted at: Nov/26/2012 : Posted by: mel
In our modern and Western societies, we often worry about…or even set up protections to ensure certain groups are not overtly abused or trod upon. With the passage of time I have begun to worry that people who are introverted, or display introversion’s related behaviors may soon need our protections.
I am not a big fan of lumping people into generalized categories, but for the purposes of this.....read more…
What’s the big deal with polls?
Posted at: Nov/06/2012 : Posted by: mel
It is election season 2012 and it is virtually impossible to turn on the TV, the radio, look at a blog or new site and not be barraged by polls. Me, I love numbers so it is hard for me to tune out what is being reported. Nevertheless, the more I pay attention, the less I feel any of it makes any sense. Do polls report the leanings of society? Do polls really influence candidates? Are polls se.....read more…
What makes a ‘great president’?
Related Category: Historical Insights, Politics & Gov, Watching America,
As today is Election Day 2012, it seems only fitting to ask this question. We have all grown up being taught that “anybody can grow up to be President.” Despite these motivational words to our children, I’m not entirely sure it is true. It clearly takes a person who is smart, tough and driven just to campaign for the office. Once in the Oval Office, the pressures of the job take over. We have.....read more…
The Pulpit and Free Speech?
Posted at: Oct/12/2012 : Posted by: mel
Related Category: People, Society, The Law,
Did you hear that, October 7, 2012 was designated at Pulpit Freedom Day? This is a day when hundreds of pastors were expected to openly violate the law of the land and preach politics or endorse political candidates from their respective pulpits. Technically the law they intend to violate is the Johnson Amendment, enacted in 1954. Sponsored by then Senator Lyndon B. Johnson, this law limits the.....read more…