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Is it John 3:16 or a Glock 19 that a cop should put his trust in? Across the country in politically conservative areas, including our own Macon County, law enforcement vehicles are increasingly sporting the “In God We Trust” decal, ostensibly as a demonstration of patriotism and national pride. Since it is the national motto, isn't it a natural thing to have it placed on public property such as patrol vehicles? “Novus ordo seclorum” is on The Great Seal of the United States, but I can't imagine a Latin phrase that can be translated to “New World Order,” finding much favor. So, not all recognized national expressions are of equal patriotic value.

“In God We Trust” became our official national motto back in the 1950s. The Cold War was in full swing and it was the height of anti-communist fervor. Apparently, the politicos wanted to set the record straight that we were better than those godless commies. A competing adage of the era, “better dead than red,” was probably too depressing to oust the existing semi-official U.S. motto, "E pluribus unum" or "one out of many.”


Daylight Saving Time has concluded and we have returned to our regularly scheduled time format. DST is one of those things of questionable value that never seems to go away. Introduced in this country during WWI and reanimated for the Second World War, DST takes a lickin' but unfortunately keeps on tickin'.

Some things start off as a good idea and as time goes by, they lose their relevance. DST is something that never made sense in the first place. The original basic idea was that by moving the clocks ahead, we could magically create more daytime for the war effort production. The fact that the amount of sunlight that shines on earth can not be altered by decree didn't deter Congress from issuing its decree for DST. Sure, you can “create” more light in the evening, but that means you have less light in the morning time of a 24-hour period. This measurement sleight-of-hand reminds me of how some gas stations back in the ’70s shifted from gallons to liters in order to give the illusion of lower prices.


I think of politics as a spectator sport. You can hoot and holler while viewing the game, but it's doubtful that you are going to affect the outcome, especially if you are watching on TV. Political pundits are always trying to convince the uninitiated that they need to get involved, to become part of the process. However, political apathy could be a far healthier choice.

Apathy is defined as a lack of interest toward something, but it is not necessarily a bad thing. There is no possible way to be involved or even aware of everything that happens around us, so selective apathy probably helps us hold on to our sanity. Sports fans, generally don't label non-fans as apathetic. Musicians aren't warning us of the dangers of music apathy nor do fishermen complain that not enough people are fishing. The apathy angle seems to enter the equation when the issue has a strong political component such as gun control, abortion, climate change and of course – elections. Also, it is said, that it isn't enough to simply be interested in the election process, one must believe that involvement will actually change something, presumably for the better.


Have you ever wondered what the capital of Albania is? You haven't? Years ago, I committed that piece of information to memory for who knows what reason. Though I've yet to hear anyone ask what Albania's capital is, I am always poised to pounce on that inquiry, if and when it ever comes up.

There was a time when possessing troves of trivia gave a person status. In the 1980s, Trivial Pursuit became the most popular board game of the era. It allowed those who stashed factoids into their brain to strut their stuff and impress others. While I was a so-so Trivial Pursuit player, I did once correctly identify the Mindbenders as the 1960s backup group for Wayne Fontana. Most people could care less, but for the three other people who remember the Mindbenders, it's a “Groovy Kind of Love.”

The ’80s were the most technologically advanced age before the wide-spread use of the Internet. Besides the De- Lorean and parachute pants, personal computers were coming onto the scene and though it was as big as a loaf of bread, the cell phone emerged in that decade. Phones would get smaller, computers more powerful, and the Internet became fully functional, all finally combining into one unit that we know today as the smart phone.


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