Patriotism is not a contest
Retired Lt. Col. Hal Bidlack is correct; true patriotism is more than wearing a flag pin. It is also true that a Ph.D., does not make one a great thinker. Even though he goes on in a round-about way, Bidlack's story-telling analysis is directed at President Trump and his supporters.
Fake news is a political reality. Should it be accepted as part of news? The answer is "no." Isn't this one of the reasons for going to school; that is, to separate fact from fiction? The press has done an unfortunate job in distorting the news. The political thought is to be inclusive with only their ideas.
The lady he refers to in his column, worried about the pledge is perhaps looking at the condition of the country. Surely cats and dogs will not be getting married in the near future, but disrespect will continue to drain the spirit and wealth of the nation. This is not an alarmist thought; it's what's going on at different levels of society.
Yes, I wear an American flag pin on my lapel for the same reason I fly the flag: I'm proud of this country. Patriotism is not a contest. It's a sincere salute to those who have worked hard to make it a great.
Lives are at risk by these fools
What are we thinking, or not thinking? The argument against cameras at red light is absolutely insane! Privacy? Speeders are against radar guns used to catch them. Robbers are against cameras in banks and other stores; they don't like alarms either.
Also, drunk drivers don't like to blow in the tube and truthfully, I don't care!
Lives are at risk by these fools who only seem to think of themselves by wanting to save two minutes. I have been able to talk to some of these people and they tell me they just don't care. There-in lies the problem. They don't care and we do. Bring on the cameras at all busy intersections.
Finally, when we did have cameras set up here, I found myself doing 25 mph on a snow and ice covered Platte Ave. and as the light changed, I found it impossible to stop and I got my picture taken. When I got home I called the police and explained what happened and they said not to worry because all things are taken into consideration before a citation is issued. Thanks CSPD, keep it up!
How is this a good deal?
Is anyone paying attention to the tax reform package that Congress has cooked up? You probably heard that it's going to be a "big beautiful Christmas present for every American." It's not. It's a mega-gift for corporations and the wealthy, but if you make $75,000 or less, this is a tax hike. Deductions that are going away: major medical expenses, mortgage interest, state and local taxes, etc. But hey, there are new deductions for private jets. And golf course owners.
The worst part of all of this is the cost: this tax cut is paid for by sinking us another $1.4 trillion in debt. But don't worry, says Speaker Paul Ryan, because this will grow the economy, we are all going to be so prosperous, and he quotes some tax analysis that's out there. It figures there could be an estimated 890,000 jobs created by those wealthy corporations, if they choose to spend this huge bonus on expansion. If history is any indicator, they won't. And even if they do create that many jobs, at a cost of $1,400,000,000, that works out to a cost of $1,570,000, per job. How is this a good deal? I think we are being taken for a ride - to the poorhouse.
Harassment victims should report
I am writing to you and your readers in the hope that I might be able to be a little helpful and supportive. When I was a 25 year-old college student back in the 1970s, I was very badly sexually harassed by a female college professor who had a lot of power over me. It finally ended when another female college professor insisted that I tell her what had obviously been bothering me. It ended when she confronted my harasser and told her that she would report her to the authorities if she did not stop.
Like most of my "fellow victims and survivors", I have been too ashamed and embarrassed to tell anyone about it for the past 40 years - aside from my wife - until now. I have recently found out that a lot of people do not take the sexual harassment of a male by a female seriously. Recently, I have sometimes been mocked, teased, bullied, and insulted about it. And, as many others find out, I have sometimes been called a "liar" and that "you made the whole thing up just to get attention, publicity, pity, and sympathy from others."
I want to urge all victims of sexual harassment to immediately report it to someone in a position of authority. One of the biggest regrets of my life is that I did not. Please do not repeat my mistake. These perpetrators need to be stopped.
Take care of mental health issue
Teen suicide is a nation-wide tragedy that crosses borders of gender, ethnicity, and economic status. Unfortunately, this issue is growing and claiming the lives of more adolescents every year. Over 90 percent of the adolescents that commit suicide are suffering from a form of mental illness, yet schools continue to solely focus on anti-bullying campaigns. Environmental factors are important to one's mental health, however students desperately need to be educated on the signs and symptoms of mental illness. This is an issue that cannot be resolved by improving outside influences alone. Teens who receive the proper care and treatment for their mental illness are at a significantly lower risk of ending their lives, and schools have the greatest opportunity to take action in decreasing the number of teen suicides. This is something that can be prevented, but only when we decide to finally take care of our young people's mental health.