I've never lived in poverty. However, like most Americans I have known a few tough times. I do know that poverty is not pretty. I've never been around a hungry family that was dancing in joy because of their dire situation. Poverty is hard.
I grew up in Martin County, Kentucky. We were supposed to be the poorest county in the United States in 1964 when President Johnson began his campaign against poverty.
Wikipedia has called it the Veterans Health Administration Scandal of 2014. An audit released in early June found that more than 120,000 veterans were left waiting or never got care, and that records were intentionally vague, misleading, and falsified. More recent reports, as announced by CNN, indicate that at least seven times in the last year, records that showed that veterans died while waiting for care were altered or rewritten by someone else; the changes listed the veterans as living, not deceased, essentially hiding their deaths.
The rollout of the Environmental Protection Agencyâ€™s new draft regulation to limit greenhouse gases was accompanied by a brilliant political cartoon that showed a pair of hapless fellows with automobile mufflers protruding from their mouths, apparently to prevent any renegade CO2 exhalations from polluting the atmosphere with their climate-changing carbon halitosis. Call this part of the agencyâ€™s 97 percent solution, based on the frequently made claim that the number represents the percentage of scientists who blame climate change on human activity.
Two thousand two hundred and twenty-three people desperately tried to escape from the sinking Titanic. One thousand five hundred and seventeen perished, as they could not escape. Most of them could not escape because there were not enough lifeboats. There were boats for only eleven hundred and seventy-eight people. Sadly, the ship was not properly equipped with enough lifeboats.
We live in an interconnected world. Energy, cars, televisions, clothes and much more are traded among the countries. There are positives with global trade. If we can't get a good price at home then we can shop elsewhere. Shopping is as easy today as clicking on a computer webpage.
Iraq - now we know where hell is. Hell is supposed to be a place of torment reserved for some people after death. Unfortunately, too many have ended up there before they died. Is there no end to the turmoil in Iraq and Afghanistan? We will never see peace and quiet in either of these two countries. Hell never ends.
How many children, old people, and law-abiding citizens have to be injured, terrorized or killed before we call a halt to the growing rash of police violence that is wracking the country? How many family pets have to be gunned down in cold blood by marauding SWAT teams before we declare such tactics off limits? And how many communities have to be transformed into military outposts, complete with heavily armed police, military tanks, and â€śsafetyâ€ť checkpoints before we draw that line in the sand that says â€śnot in our townâ€ť?
The U.S. Supreme Court remains deeply divided over the meaning of the first 10 words of the First Amendment â€” â€śCongress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion.â€ť
When we moved across town into a plush new neighborhood, the 15-minute drive across our big city felt like entering another world. It felt as foreign as when I moved to DFW from Poteau four years back.
We have a new a post office, barber, dry cleaner, grocer, dentist and veterinarian, plus about 15 restaurants to explore.
If our old house was nice, this one is fabulous. It has a fireplace, tile floors and an alarm system! Is this swank or what? We even have a pond with Japanese goldfish in it.
We can feel the excitement building at Patrick Lynch Public Library as the school year ends and summer programs and promotions begin here. Â
Tuesday, May 27, we will begin enrolling children up to those entering sixth grade in our Summer Reading Challenge.Â Reading incentives will be given for books read from our library collection for which a record is kept.Â Students will receive materials needed at the time of enrollment.Â The enrollment will be open and available at any time through the summer.Â