What visual images cascade through your mind when you think of a public servant?Â Is it a fireman dashing into a burning building to save a helpless child?Â Or is it a police officer protecting us from some ruthless criminal?Â How about a soldier risking it all in sacrifice of one for the freedom of many?
In pondering that, were our elected officials scarce to your thoughts?
Weâ€™ve all seen videos of Third World â€śpoliceâ€ť in combat gear putting down demonstrations by physically assaulting protesters, turning heavy equipment and tear gas on them, or shooting into crowds. Thatâ€™s what makes the recent events in Baltimore all the more disturbing. This time the â€śpeace officersâ€ť in military combat gear, brandishing military-grade weapons and perched on armored military vehicles were ours.
Critical parts of the USA Patriot Act are about to expire. The reauthorization bill moving through Congress, the USA Freedom Act, has sparked controversy on both sides of the political aisle and within the civil-libertarian community, rekindling debates that began more than a decade ago. Now is the chance to implement much-needed reforms, including reforms to a provision not expiring: the one authorizing National Security Letters (NSL).
How many holidays do we have? MLK Day in January, Valentines Day in February, Easter in March or April, Earth Day in April, Memorial Day in May, and so forth. Of those few examples, two were declared in my adulthood. New holidays take time to catch on and embed themselves in the culture. They can stray from their roots. Christmas is for consumerism. Veterans Day is to promote war. Thanksgiving is for football.
Recently, a representative from the Hillary Clinton camp delivered a message to Martin O'Malley, the former Maryland governor preparing to challenge Clinton for the 2016 Democratic nomination.
I have some good news and some bad news, the messenger said.
What's the good news? asked O'Malley.
The good news is we're taking you seriously, the messenger answered. And the bad news is ... we're taking you seriously.
4 Considerations To Help You Embrace The
Moment, From Speaker Hall Of Fame Member
Itâ€™s finally Friday night, the beginning of a weekend of freedom, which also happens to include your birthday. Your family, friends and spouse all have celebratory plans for you.
You have a rewarding career and a network of beautiful people who want to rejoice in your life. As you walk out to your car to officially kickoff the fun, a giddy thrill washes over you.
â€¨A government rule on retirement savings may be tricking retirees into looking at their financial situations all wrong, says a financial advisor who specializes in retirement planning.
The rule says retirees canâ€™t leave money in their IRA or 401k accounts forever. At age 70Â˝ they must begin making minimum withdrawals, even if they prefer to leave the accounts untouched.
â€śYou are forced to take money out whether you want to or not,â€ť says Dave Lopez, a mathematics and computer science major who applies his analytical mind to solving retirement challenges.
Fifteen years ago Nobel Prize-winning economist Milton Freidman noted that just because we finance education through government that does not mean government should be in charge of delivering education. â€śEducation spending will be most effective,â€ť Friedman explained, â€śif it relies on parental choice and private initiativeâ€”the building blocks of success throughout our society.â€ť
Faith has been a major part of my life for a long time. Belief in God, the Bible and church involvement go way back for me. There is so much about all of it that has shaped and impacted every fiber of my life. A faith relationship with God is peaceful, hopeful, helpful, positive and life changing in so many ways. I've written a lot about faith in articles, books and public messages.
My wife and I were walking an Appalachian path a few months back when a poisonous copperhead snake struck at my wife. The snake was big. My wife was carrying pepper spray and amazingly with one quick move sprayed that deadly serpent. The snake was stunned as we lunged forward to safety. We were so very lucky. Either one of us could have died or lost a limb if that poisonous serpent had been successful. Journalists and cartoonists in a French newsroom were not so lucky this week. They were totally caught off guard by striking terrorists that ended their unsuspecting lives.