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When I got home last night, I got to read the comment thread after yesterday’s blog, and even though one person claimed semantics are of no importance, it was clear the improper use of words does, indeed, influence what could be a rational discussion.
This is not my planned blog for today, but as I spent my working years as a teacher, I can recognize a teachable moment when I see one.
Federalists Washington and Adams controlled the presidency for the first twelve years of the new nation's life -- they disappeared after the decline of Adams; the presidency went to Democrats (formerly Democratic-Republicans) and Whigs until Republicans, under Lincoln (1860), assumed control.
Just about every time the topic of sick days or an increase in the minimum wage comes up, people invariably bring up the low cost of merchandise at places like Wal-Mart and demand to know if people are willing to pay more for products, like a $20 hamburger at Mac Donald's.
Like most of us, I receive many unsolicited and aggravating Emails. For example: Since, on occasion I’ve given money to Democratic candidates, I receive 4 or 5 desperate Email requests for money from Democratic organizations every day. Each one of them breathlessly describes some new coming political Armageddon that I simply must prevent. Overall, these Democratic Email machines cry some serious wolf.
Not sure why people do it, but there seems to be quite a few people who will vote and act against their own best interests because they listen without question to politicians who tell them to.
Shooting themselves in the foot seems totally acceptable because they have been told it will help those who hand them the gun.
My Dad enjoyed his family, his work and coming home the end of the day to eat a buttered slice of rye bread with caraway seeds before dinner. This became a ritual for me too. Dad was the youngest of five children and the smallest in his family. Yet he was known to have the biggest appetite. He also loved eating sweets his mom gave him after school. It made him smile to remember.
Did you hear the one about a bunch of countries that got together and came to an agreement, that Iran accepted to go a long with, that would make sure that that country did not get nuclear weapons?
In exchange for co-operation with inspections and for not refining weapons grade uranium, the countries that Iran went along with would remove some, but not all of those sanctions that have been killing Iran.
Like the Zakim Bridge is to Boston, like the Kennedy Compound is to Hyannisport, and like the bridges are to Bourne, the lighthouse and nearby cape-style home at Nobska create an image that is an enduring symbol of Falmouth.