Compromise equals good government
In his final message to the nation, President George Washington wrote, “One of the expedients of party to acquire influence within particular districts is to misrepresent the opinions and the aims of other districts. You cannot shield yourself too much against the jealousies and heart burnings which spring from these misrepresentations; they tend to render alien to each other those who ought to be bound together by fraternal affection.”
Little white lies and situational ethics
It’s called a ‘little white lie,’ sales talk, exaggeration, overstating, and funning. Most people have been guilty of it in their life, especially if they fish or play golf. Most of those falsehoods do little harm and are easily forgiven. After all, everyone at one time or another, has attempted to paint a story in a more positive manner.
President Obama has been taking a lot of heat recently on the Affordable Health Care Act. First because the federal run health care exchange website is not operating and people can’t navigate the site once they are on it. Second, because the President told the American public the new health care law would save them money on their insurance premiums and it’s not and third because he said Americans would be able to keep their current insurance plans and they can’t.
Nothing ordinary about the box
“The impromptu announcement came from the back of the Redbud Courtyard meeting room in the Simmons Center. It was closer to the beginning of last week’s Rotary meeting than the end.
A table of members – whose names aren’t necessarily important for today’s column but who sit together at what we affectionately call the “judges” table – had enthusiastically pitched in $1,000 to purchase a box. They challenged other “tables” or individuals or groups of members to match their effort with equal excitement.
Leadership classes set a high standard
Members of Leadership Duncan Class XVI and Leadership Duncan Class XVII should be proud of the spotlight they shared last week.
Accomplishing class projects – and significant ones – is a tribute to their abilities, their vision, their commitment and their persistence. Culmination of their work embraces the hope of our community that each class member will remain active and involved in meaningful projects and assume positions of future leadership.
Franzen worthy of Apple Award
No one gave Jodie Franzen the 2013 Betty Apple Excellence in Nursing Prize at the Duncan Regional Hospital Foundation’s annual gala last week.
She earned it.
Gas is cheap compared to other propellants
Even with the national average at $3.36, Americans spend less on a gallon of gasoline than folks in 90 percent of the other nations in the world. Still, a lot of us can’t help but grumble when we see those $3-plus prices, whether the precious petrol for sale is “real gas” or a gas and ethanol mix.
Benefits of healthcare (Part 2)
These first three weeks into the largest social program the United States has undertaken have not been without logistical “bumps-in-the-road”. There is enough blame to go around - both sides of the political aisle have had a hand in the problems that arose within the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s beginning. First, we waited to see what the Supreme Court would do. Then October 1st arrived and the government was shut down by a contingency from the House of Representatives. Since the Law could not be defeated, our nation’s budget was the next target.
With a new budget deadline of January 15, 2014, Health and Human Services - overseers of the Act - will have about 82 days with a full workforce to smooth out those “bumps-in-the-road.”
Party affiliation is your first vote!
People often ask me the difference between the Republican Party and the Democrat Party. “All political parties are alike,” they will often say, but is that true? Not really. I want to point three distinct differences between the two major political parties:
Notebook clutter clean again
Odds and ends, bits and pieces and an opinion or two from a bulging notebook in need of cleaning…
Organizers of the Nov. 9 Veterans Day parade are heavily involved in development of this year’s lineup and encourage bands, car clubs, motorcycle groups, social clubs, scouts, church groups, dance teams and other organizations or individuals to join in a show of appreciation for area vets…call VFW Commander Tom Morse or parade chairman Daniel Leal at 255-1192 or 255-9935 if you’re interested…the parade will start at 10:30 a.m.
…Also busy in the planning stage are members of the Duncan Rotary Club…the 56th annual community auction that benefits youngsters in need of clothing and funds college scholarships – an original project sponsored by the Duncan Jaycees – transfers to leadership of Rotarians this year…
Thanks to NCAA for getting serious about scoring
Nobody comes out looking good in the government shutdown, and it’s left many of us with a headache. So, I’m relieving some of the throbbing by making a poultice from the sticky notes that act as my memory:
As a basketball lover, here are some props to the NCAA Rules Committee and the directors of officiating in the NCAA conferences. After years of making fans watch as college hoops sunk to a streetball level and scoring dropped annually, the NCAA is finally returning finesse and shooting skill to the game.
- More Opinion Headlines
- Compromise equals good government