Sunday, July 12, 2009

Are you guys sure about this?

I was a County Commissioner once. I let with a pretty high opinion of local government, or at least its potential to serve people the way they want to be served. So I wince every time I hear "Government" slammed as some kind of lumbering monster, with no sense that the process is very different, with very different accessibility for citizens who care, at the national, state and local level.

Once in a while, though, local leaders do something that seems to prove the critics' point that they don't know what life is like for folks struggling to make a living. I pointed out a clasic example in this week's column and suggested a remedy. I'm wondering if anyone cares.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Today's Patriotism

This blog's called "Really Taking America Back." Last week's column is about that, too. And about patriotism. And how they might be the same thing.

How much sense does this make to you?

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

When it comes to health care, who and what is "radical"?

The health care debate we're watching just about stuns me. With all the damage the for-profit health industries, especially the insurance corps, have done to individuals, families, businesses, with the demonstrably better outcomes in virtually every other prosperous countries, all of whom involve government in insuring their people, the fact that we still might not even get a "public option" for people who want it, is very hard to accept. In this week's column I call the situation radical, and implicitly ask if reasonable people can think otherwise. The comments from readers following the column answer that question: yes.

And you? What's "radical?"

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Dense? Yeah, maybe so

One of the folks posting on the Tidings online forum after this week's column called me 'dense.' You know, it just could be. I've read a lot of online responses to the question that I've asked for two straight columns now: What is it about the human body that we don't want our children to see? I still don't get it, and I don't think I'm all attached to not getting it.
I'm moving onto other things, no wiser than before. Got anything on this that hasn't shown up before?

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Cover your Kids' Eyes...

I gave this week's column the title "Still Clueless After All these Years," knowing that I was lobbing a fat slow one over the middle of the plate for readers less than thrilled about my take on life. Sure enough, here was one of the online comments: "I must say that BEFORE I read his comment, it made me laugh out loud to see the photo of Golden, under which are the words "Still Clueless After All These Years"."
Yeah. Well, I am clueless after all these years a the charge so many seem to have about the human body. Or at least enough people to shape the social norm.
I asked the question in the column not to be a smartass, but because I honestly want to know straight-up why a naked man walking around Ashland is such a huge deal.
Do you know?

Monday, June 8, 2009

Are we forgetting a little something here?

If you read this space much you've probably picked up on how much I like the move towards local economies. It's the lynchpin to stepping through the chaos of coming months and years to a world that offer our kids and theirs a chance (who knows how big) at decent lives. So why is it that every month I'm shipping $30-50 that could stay in my community to Chase Bank? Because I'm a convenience weenie, maybe? See here if you can relate...

It's All About YOU? I think not.

No, actually it's All About Me. Or at least it's ridiculously easy to think so. I caught myself cold doing that the other night, and wrote about what it did to my evening... an evening I'll never get back again.