That can be viewed as an actual, philosophical, rhetorical or a somewhere-in-between question. The definition of each of those terms and your particular perspective will influence how you might answer the question. I read a letter to the editor awhile ago wherein the writer came to the conclusion that we were not a Christian nation because we — as a society — don't act as a Christian should.
I am shocked to the point of disbelief that basic welfare payments in Minnesota for some of the most needy have remained the same for almost the last 30 years. What have the all-caring, all-sensitive, all-seeing left wingers been doing during all those years?
With due deference to my less-than-conservative counterpart, it is tragically laughable that we are having any sort of debate over whether Brian Williams should get his job back. I personally don't care. I no longer watch any national news network.
Gov. Mark Dayton has handed out raises to various commission heads ranging from just under $11,000 to one that exceeded $84,000. The total amount of the raises was more than $800,000 and the average is $32,120. The raises were approved by the Legislature in 2013, and took effect this year and allowed the limit on salaries for commissioners to move from 85 or 95 percent of the governor's salary to 133 percent of his salary.
The written word has literally changed the world or major parts of it ever since man first figured out how to capture thoughts and ideas and preserve them so others could see them. From the earliest pictures on cave walls to stone tablets, animal skins, papyrus, parchment and all the way to modern printing, we humans have been capturing our thoughts. You can probably come up with your own list of the most important books and writings. My list includes the Bible, our Declaration of Independence and Constitution, the Federalist Papers, Thomas Paine's Common Sense, the writings of St.
I don't know if the fact that I was born with an inquisitive mind is a curse or a blessing.
Try to imagine a society without the police. Or try to imagine countries without armies, or even a world without countries. That might make a great title for a John Lennon song about a utopian world, but in the here and now we haven't learned how to do that, nor will we ever bring that about all by ourselves. Thomas Paine wrote about the need for governments (as distasteful or evil as governments can be at times) because men (humans) cannot live in a society without conflict with themselves or others.
The last time I wrote about this subject was in July 2013 in response to the Trayvon Martin situation. I'll start out today by proposing that our grandchildren will still be dealing with one or more facets of racial issues long after we are gone. Racism is not a natural part of our genes. It is much more subtle than that.
Long ago (1950s) and far, far away (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) a parallel galaxy existed. In this galaxy, a father and mother were raising their two sons and two daughters (No. 3 didn't show up until we moved to St. Paul.) I was one of those two sons and I thought my dad was a genius. I still remember the first time the radio (then the size of a small refrigerator) went on the fritz. This was a major problem since we didn't have a TV — I even remember the first car my parents owned outright, but that's another story. So I'm watching Dad turn the radio around and remove the back panel.
Well, the 2014 elections are over and since I am writing this on Sunday, Nov. 2, I have no idea who won any race either at the national, state or local level. As a matter of fact, I'm closer every day to total disillusionment with the entire process. Am I the only one who thinks the hyperbole, over-the-top rhetoric and negative campaign ads have become totally nauseating?