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Opinion Letters

Within our indifferent, self-absorbed, self-satisfying modern lives we find ourselves in, we feel we are our own entity. Man comes into this world with nothing but a naked selfishness and a “Me” mentality, then leaves this world behind many times the same way as he came, but perhaps even more so. As the saying goes, “ the one with the most toys wins,”.... but you can't take it with you when you go. So the self absorbence is like the dog chasing his tail, life becomes numb and questions its existence.

Man's search for purpose, meaning, and relationships seems never ending, and this search can leave a desperation from within that is hard to live with. Even the famous French painter, Paul Gauguin, selfishly left his family, to find freedom in the islands of Tahiti, and to escape the conformity of life that surrounded him. He was searching and thought he would find through basic living, a more reasonable and meaningful life. His great painting “Vision after the Sermon” that is displayed in the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, shows that man has no answers; he had written on this painting so no one would mistake its meaning, … “Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Do We Go?” After this painting Gauguin tried to commit suicide but was not successful.


It is quite the rage to blame everything bad that happens to us on the evils of big government. From long lines at the DMV to "over regulation" It is an easy target. If government can't do the job, is the private sector up to the task of keeping our society out of utter chaos?

The answer from most conservatives is yes. Call it what you will, business, free enterprise, or the free market, let capitalism loose, repeal all the regulations and society will prosper. Let's see how well that has worked.

For $.97 GM could have fixed the ignition switch that has caused numerous deaths and millions in property damage, but it save $.97 on each car. Duke Energy decided to store their coal ash in unlined ponds near water supplies because they could, and it was cheap. BP kept drilling in the Gulf after they knew there was danger, but it cost less than relining the well. Exxon could have used double hulled oil tankers, but that would cost more than cleaning up a few beaches.


I was watching an old 1930 movie about people working on a railroad, the lives of the men who labored to maintain those huge steam locomotives and the men who drove them. Steam engines required lots of maintenance in those days and the manual labor was hot, dirty and exhausting, quite unlike the work done on modern diesel locomotives where the engineer sits in an air conditioned cab and operates computerized controls. If you lived within a couple of miles of a railroad or a coal fired power plant, you’d wake up in in the morning to find coal ash on your windowsill.

In the past, a potato farmer with 500 acres needed a hundred workers to harvest his crop. Now days, it’s done by machine and two or three men can do the job in a couple of days. Migrant Mexican workers do the really hard work on farms because Americans won’t do the hard labor.


Wondering what all the fuss is about over the use of Common Core standards in school, I looked up what information I could find.

Frankly, it gets pretty weird. One expert said that requiring kids to meet certain standards at each grade level was demeaning and destroys their creativity. Hmm, I’ve seen some of that creative math at work when a kid at Mc- Donald’s can’t make change.

One must dismiss opinions that teachers come up with because they are, after all, union members and unions exist to protect teachers, not students.


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