Many of us are starting this week with a light heart. Most employees will have Thursday and Friday as holidays to celebrate Thanksgiving. Somehow, this holiday that we were taught was a special time to express our gratitude for the blessings of life has become the extended shopping weekend for Christmas, something which is neither appropriate nor complimentary of the day. We owe more than we can ever pay to those who were involved in the celebration of the first Thanksgiving â€“ the least we can do is make the time to remember them.
After seeing the results of Tuesday's election, I find myself in the position of hoping I was wrong about the direction our country is headed and that Barack Obama will be the pro-drilling, pro deficit-reducing, politically compromising, job creating, conservative he campaigned as. Unfortunately, I don't think that's going to happen, what I really expect is four more years of "the same" (as the last four years) except on steroids.
There is enough raw material in today for several columns. Looking in chronological order, the Mayflower Compact was signed on November 11, 1620, Veteranâ€™s Day (formerly Armistice Day) will also be celebrated on the 11th, and, as a nation, we have just completed a historic election â€“ one fraught with more vitriol than any in recent memory. Then again, perhaps all three of these events have a common, positive thread.
After church this past Sunday, I was ready to storm the castle gates. I don't know what I would be storming up to, but in other words, I was just really hyped on a number of levels.
It's no surprise that the election would make its way into pulpits, and this past Sunday it did where I attend church. For so many people, notably church-goers and Christians, we tend to confuse the idea that the choice of President is almost like choosing a preacher. But as a reminder (and I'm stealing this phrase), we're not looking for a Pastor-in-Chief, but a Commander-in-Chief.
In the spirit of upcoming National Nurse Practitioner Week (November 11-17), I would like to take a moment to bring attention to the current situation of health care in Texas and the role of the nurse practitioner in the future of our community.
Toward the end of the second Presidential debate, Barack Obama made a statement that was so wrong, and such an insult to Americans, that I wanted to "unpack" it and shine a little light on what he said, and the thinking that goes with it.
It has been my habit to address propositions and constitutional amendments in this column. The goal has been â€“ and remains â€“ to provide information, not to attempt to convince readers to a particular point of view. That has never been more true than with this article. The information on the three county propositions is for informational purposes only, and has been carefully reviewed by experts in the field to insure that, as Sgt. Friday would say, it contains â€śjust the facts.â€ť
I recall that during the Republican primaries (doesn't that seem like just ages ago?) conservative commentators were claiming that the left wanted Mitt Romney to win the Republican nomination. The often expressed opinion was that the Democrats considered Mitt Romney to be a known quantity with which they were so familiar that defeating him would pose no difficulty. In fact, if I remember this correctly, the candidate the left seemed to be the most concerned about was Newt Gingrich, I believe it was something about his debating skills.
Election day is only a month away, and the airwaves are starting to be choked with political advertisements. Most of us received a grounding in the duties of state and national officials while in school, and can recall them well enough to guide our choices there. County offices, however, a something of a different story. Few people really know what they are electing county officials to accomplish. The is one local race contested in the upcoming election â€“ that of County Commissioner. Perhaps itâ€™s time to review the duties of that position.