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  • Save the whales

    Since the beginning of recorded time, humans have been incorrectly interpreting phenomenon in nature as notice of impending doom. Eclipses, earthquakes, tsunamis and other naturally occurring events have been declared by learned people of their time to be signaling the end of time.
  • Socialism is already here
    If I have not made my point by now, I’ll make it again just to be sure: I resent paying for socialists’ feel-good projects.
  • Cryin’ at the editorial desk
    Sir, you and your kindred in the liberal media have brought this on yourselves. You do not present news in a fair and balanced way. The (NYT) editorial page has crept into your so-called news stories, without notice. Your staff has a strong left-leaning political bias and likely is not good at math (see my column last week).
  • Take all numbers from some journalists with a grain of salt
    Time and again, journalists give us numbers that are completely out of line and provided in such ignorance that it is patently obvious they know not what they are talking about. Spoiler alert – this will lead to climate change at the end, so if you want to jump to there, just go ahead.
  • The 2nd Amendment is ‘so 18th century’
    One way to mitigate the risk would be for people on a mass basis to change their hearts so they want to be helpful to their fellow human, not belligerent or non-caring. Unless we have a nationwide, old-fashioned revival, that doesn’t seem likely.
  • Depression and decisions
    The summer solstice has passed, and we are facing six months of ever shorter days. I don’t like short days. I really don’t like fall, for it portends the cold days of winter. Although it is now 52 Septembers since I faced winter in a cold and drafty old farmhouse, those memories have never gone away.
  • Reconciling the divide
    When I think over conversations like the ones I just shared, this is only reinforced for me. I cannot begin to move to a point of reconciliation with the opposite side. For this example, I have just relayed, like many others I see, show a movement, a party, that is determined to obfuscate and falsify the narrative.
  • Why are we so angry?
    From my point of view, however, the biggest source of hostility in speech comes through my phone. You will identify. It is these insane computer voices that ask me endless questions in order to “promptly help me with my issue.”
  • Are some lives more valuable than others?
    In 2017, the National Highway Safety Transportation Administration attributed 9,717 fatalities on U.S. highways to speeding. According to the World Health Organization, this does not put the U.S. in the top 25 countries in the world for traffic deaths due to speeding by any measure (per capita, distance traveled, etc.). Also, in 2017, according to PEW research, there were 14,542 homicides in the U.S. by firearms. This places us 30th in the world. There were 879,000 abortions in the U.S. in 2017, ranking us as the number 10 country in the world for this practice.
  • Taking out the trash
    Monday evening, I called up a friend of mine to talk about a business matter. He was in the midst of taking out the trash at his girlfriend’s house. She lives in the Washington, D.C. suburb of Georgetown. He was grousing about the precision of can placement required by sanitation crews.
  • The politicization of everything
    There is an answer to all of this. I recommend a book to you written by the good Dr. Seuss. It is the “Sneetches.” This book comes closest of anything I have ever read to describing the despicable condition we find ourselves in today. Read it, then resolve to be a better person yourself, a better person as Dr. Seuss might describe.
  • Sad, tender and necessary advice
    Laura’s and my parents died between 1998 and 2017. I just got off the phone with a friend who is going through the process of transitioning his parents and his wife’s parents from their own homes to assisted living. I shared a number of experiences with him and thought these would make a good column, too.
  • Calling the Social Security Administration
    (My raspy voice): “I want to talk to someone about Medicare Part D.” (Computer Voice): “We don’t offer pedicures. If you think we should offer pedicures, hang up and dial 800-555-1287. Unless you have a hangnail, then you should visit your local Social Security office and file a disability claim. That is if you are between ages 37 and 65. Otherwise, call 800-555-6781.”
  • The start: July 16, 1969 – 50 years ago!
    On July 16, 1969, Apollo 11 was launched from Cape Kennedy, Fla. On board were Neil Armstrong (of Wapakoneta, Ohio, and a graduate of Purdue University), Michael Collins and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin. Two hours and 44 minutes after launch (one and one-half revolutions of the Earth), the S-IVB rocket stage fired and started Apollo into a translunar orbit.
  • In the middle of the night
    The question remains: Does all of this as I have described today make life more convenient and improve the quality of life? Perhaps in some ways, yes, but in other ways, no. I can tell you this: Time passes much faster here in the suburbs with all these devices than it does when I visit my Mennonite friends. I miss the slower times.
  • Five things I learned at HHS that have carried me throughout my career
    I have recently had the occasion to explain to people lacking an engineering degree why they don’t necessarily need such credentials in order to think and understand – in the practical world – as an engineer might. As I noodled this over the last few weeks, it morphed into the identification of things I learned at Hillsboro High School that have served me very well in my career over the last 51 years.
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