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My Word

  • MY WORD: Remembering Shelbyville’s friend, patriot

    A real U. S. Patriot died on May 14, 2014. His name is C. (for Cornelius) L. Love.

    I’m not sure how old he was at the time of his passing, but he was well into his 90s.

    A Mississippi native, Mr. Love would have undoubtedly had a brilliant future were it not for the injuries, physical and mental, that he suffered during World War II. As it was, he was a very unique person, known far and wife for his friendliness, and his willingness to go “that extra mile” to a friend in need.

  • MY WORD: The Power of the Nap

    As a “second shift” parent – an older adult who is now parenting a second family – I am rediscovering the joys of parenthood, as well as the occasional frustrations. 

    Young children take a lot of time, patience, attention and energy. When you are dealing with two children under the age of three, these resources can seem to be in short supply.  This supply and demand problem is further complicated because the kids are seldom on the same page.  Most of the time their needs are in direct opposition.

  • MY WORD: Removing unnecessary bureaucratic input

    Every time Howard Pearce and I had an opportunity for a serious discussion, which was rare, I would often say something like “that isn’t fair.”  He would say, “Life was not meant to be fair.”

    He never got around to explaining why. That’s rather like saying to a child who asks one those inscrutable questions, “It just isn’t” or “Because I said so,” then end the discussion by hiding behind a newspaper.

  • MY WORD: A vacuum in leadership

    Nature abhors a vacuumaccording to Aristotle and Sir Isaac Newton. 

    They were talking about physics, saying that no object or no place can be truly empty.  They argued that every place and everything is filled with something.  The same rule applies to geopolitics and global leadership. 

  • MY WORD: Climate change – where is our world going?

    Recently the head of a United Nations panel warned, "If the world doesn't cut pollution of heat-trapping gases, global warming could become out of control." A group of Nobel laureate scientists predicts dangers are going to become worse as time passes.

    Cris Field of the Carnegie Institute for Science in California reports, "We live in an area where impacts from climate change are already widespread and consequential." Other climate scientists say, "Nobody around the world is immune."

  • MY WORD: How Japan used WW II to win the auto battle

    Here’s a brief history of the American auto business since World War II.

    Some of us remember when “made in Japan” was a synonym for “junk.”

    Early in WWII the Japanese captured an intact American fighter plane. Their studies showed the plane – probably a P-40 like General Chenault and his American Volunteer “Flying Tigers” used in China before Pearl Harbor – was so far superior to anything they had.

  • MY WORD: Remembering separate but never equal

    I don’t know how the following is connected to conservation, but bear with me.

    In A chapter in Klanthhammer’s book “Things that Matter,” there is a passage about collective guilt – which is never far from my mind – that triggered memories of “separate but equal” laws.

  • MY WORD: “For the Benefit and Blessings of the Council”- Musings on the Prayer Issue

    During the hot summer of 1787 in Philadelphia Penn., the delegates to the Constitutional Convention came to a rut in the road. The group, whose goal fell nothing short of drawing up the legal framework for a whole new nation, had fractured into exhausting squabbles.

    One delegate, Ben Franklin, decided to try to focus everyone’s attention on that goal and gave a speech proposing that if they could not come to an accord on their own, they might need some divine assistance in the form of a prayer led by outside clergy.

  • MY WORD: Why the raising minimum wage won’t work

    Recently someone left a clipped out episode of Garry Trudeau’s Doonesbury cartoon in our mailbox.

    I don’t know why.

    I admit to looking at a few cartoons like Blondie, Dennis, Beatle Bailey hoping to find something amusing, and sometimes I do. I even occasionally look at Doonesbury to see if I can understand it. Never do. This episode is primarily a phone conversation between someone from the GOP and what I presume to be a PR firm.

    The GOP guy says: “We need to prove that raising the minimum wage would hurt the economy.”

  • MY WORD: What does wealth mean

    As pointed out before, our family does not meet the standards in terms of income or accumulated wealth to be considered wealthy. If we did we’d probably move our legal residence to Florida, Tennessee or some of the other state who have no state income tax or death taxes (the most obscene tax of all).