Thursday, October 26, 2006

Idaho Press Tribune

Just a quick note today, I was published in the local paper. I wrote letter to the editor that was put in as a "Guest Opinion", it was a re-work of an article that I posted here in June. I have included a link to the article. Click here

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Peace on Earth....

In this time of war and turmoil in the world and polarizing election coverage, on drive home last night a song played that made me think about how I felt. It was Peace on Earth, by U2.

Heaven on Earth
We need it now
I'm sick of all of this
Hanging around
Sick of sorrow
Sick of pain
Sick of hearing again and again
That there's gonna be
Peace on Earth

Where I grew up
There weren't many trees
Where there was we'd tear them down
And use them on our enemies
They say that what you mock
Will surely overtake you
And you become a monster
So the monster will not break you

The part that hit me was "They say that what you mock will surely overtake you and you become the monster so the monster will not break you". It happens all the time and so subtly that people try to prevent or work against something and then they are what they were trying to prevent. I guess I shouldn't look at others with animosity when they hold a differing opinion than mine and I shouldn't look for opportunities to belittle then either.

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Politicians will say anything.

Politicians will say anything. I mean anything. This goes for politicians that run for public office or run for a position of a local board. I just read an article in the Idaho Statesman in reference to the large amount of money that Butch Otter has raised for his Gubernatorial campaign. Then I was referred to a blog by Betsy Russell from the Spokesman-Review with her Eye on Boise. It appears that Otter refused to participate in the traditional statewide debates sponsored by the League of Womens Voters, The Idaho Press Club and Idaho Public Television and claimed that it was because they were not inviting all candidates. This appears to be completely false. Betsy Russell is the President of the Idaho Press Club, was in the meetings when they were making decisions on the debates and they ha always intended for all candidates to be invited. So Otter was just blowing smoke to avoid debating the other candidates in a state-wide forum. You can read Betsy Russell's take on it here advantage. I know of instances where people who don't like the way that an elected body has made a decision go about . It is the entry "Debatable debating about debates". It seems that people always want to manipulate the situation underhandedly to try and change the outcome to match their desires. I guess some people never learned to play well with others.