Thursday, August 11, 2011
Family and election
It was a special Sunday lunch.
For the first time in a long time, our entire family gathered around the dining room table for a meal.
Saturday had been a long-anticipated day. We drove to the Memphis International Airport and picked up Emma, who returned from a two-month stay as a volunteer with Mission Arlington (Texas).
Close to Nowhere
Getting old is not for sissies!
Friday, August 12, I will continue celebrating my birthday. I’ve been celebrating all week.
I started this past weekend out by buying myself an early birthday present (and yes, I still expect presents on my actual birthday!).
Birthdays make me philosophical
It was my birthday last week, August 2, and as is my custom, this column will wax a bit on the philosophical side.
For the first time in 14 years, Ginny and I were home alone, without children. All three were at three different camps: Ozark for Lawrence, Talisman for John, and Strong River for Ruth.
Letters To The Editor
Response to letter
I was very encouraged by Martha Hardy’s letter in last week’s paper. Mrs. Hardy seems to have something that has long since flown out the window since the Tea Party has hijacked the government. That long-lost science is common sense. She has performed another lost art in America called “research” which is defined as careful, systematic study and investigation in some field of knowledge.
While all, as Mrs. Hardy calls it, the “hullabaloo” was going on about the debt ceiling being raised, none of President Obama’s detractors bothered to do what Mrs. Hardy did.
Through her research she discovered that the debt ceiling had been raised a grand total of 77 times by previous administrations. Former President Reagan raised the debt ceiling a whopping 17 times alone!
This has been going on in government since 1917. Both Bushes, George W. and Herbert W., were guilty of said offense. Grid lock politics caused Standard and Poor’s to downgrade the government’s credit rating from AAA (excellent) to AA+ (so-so). S&P said the U.S. credit rating was downgraded because, “the credit agency lacks confidence that politicians will make the choices to avert long-term fiscal crisis.”
Mrs. Hardy contends that President Obama is being used as a scapegoat for political purposes. She agrees with many other Americans who believe that the President inherited what she calls “the biggest mess in the history of this country.”
Analysts say that the debt ceiling would be raised to approximately $17 trillion dollars. Some observers say that when you add in Social Security and Medicare, the debt balloons to between $66-$70 trillion. Those figures are unfathomable to the working class.
I humbly submit that America has been given a solution to her problems. In his epic book entitled, “A Torchlight for America,” the Minister Louis Farrakhan raises these questions: “How will you deal with the solution, a Divine solution, a torchlight, if it is not carried by someone of your own class, sex, faith, color, party or nationality?
“How will you deal with a solution when it comes from a source you least expect? Would you cast the solution aside, or seek to destroy the bearer of the solution?
“Or would you thank God for giving you an answer to your problems and your prayers?”
This should be required reading for all government officials. It not only offers viable solutions to America’s problems, it gives guidance and light in a time of darkness.
The American people deserve to hear the truth. Hiding the truth is not the way to get out of this abyss of debt in which the country finds itself.
America used to be the number one creditor nation, now it’s the number one debtor nation.
Lastly, President Obama must galvanize the people and rekindle his mantra of “a change we can believe in.” I believe the American people wouldn’t mind being taxed if they were assured that it would secure a better future for our children.
At the present, America has mortgaged away her future. America is on her deathbed and in dire need of guidance and a new direction. God never answers the peoples’ prayers through politicians. He always raises one from the least of them and the survival or destruction of that nation hinges on whether she heeds or doesn’t heed the warnings of that particular one. I don’t think the people on the Titanic were choicey about how they survived as long as they clung to something that had some buoyancy. America has been thrown a life raft. Now the question is will she grab it?
The Pilot Club of Holly Springs would like to thank all the Co-Pilots, friends and family of the club who helped during the recent political rally, Thursday, July 28.
We would like to thank the individuals, businesses and local merchants who assured the success of the fund-raiser.
Thank you also to the candidates and voters who came out and gave their support.
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