Something To Think About - 4/23/17
We’re as opposed to smoking as anyone, but surely the Legislature realizes that the recent two dollar tax increase on cigarettes is a tax primarily on the poor as 40% of all smokers are living at or below the poverty level.
Something To Think About - 4/22/17
Fifty-two thousand Americans died of heroin or opioid overdoses in 2015, four times as many as died from gun homicides and half again as many as died in car accidents.
Something To Think About - 4/21/17
American writer, artist and philosopher Elbert Hubbard advised us to “… not take life too seriously -- you will never get out of it alive.”
Something To Think About - 4/19/17
Its been said that the US is a giant insurance company with an army. With half of all spending going to Social Security projected to be broke in 17 years plus various health programs and 20% goes to the military leaving 30% for everything else.
Something To Think About - 4/18/17
When 85 Syrian civilians were killed in a sarin gas attack, we should have been shocked given Barack Obama’s, John Kerry’s and Susan Rice’s proud assurances that Assad’s chemical weapons had all been destroyed. Then again, they also told us that the Benghazi attack was all due to a YouTube video.
Something To Think About - 4/15/17
According to entrepreneur Sara Blakely, “If somebody can do something 80% as good as you think you would have done it yourself, then you've got to let it go.”
Something To Think About - 4/14/17
Among Donald Trump’s 16 cabinet positions, Vice President Mike Pence and Attorney General Jeff Sessions are the only ones with law degrees. Alexander Acosta, tapped by Trump to run the Labor Department, would be the third. That is a sharp drop from the four previous administrations, in which lawyers accounted for about 40% to 70% of cabinet secretaries.
Something To Think About - 4/13/17
Theologian William Ellery Channing once observed that “The office of government is not to confer happiness, but to give men the opportunity to work out happiness for themselves.”
Something To Think About - 3/16/17
“All the adversity I've had in my life, all my troubles and obstacles, have strengthened me. ...” claimed Walt Disney, “You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you.”
Something To Think About - 3/6/17
Benjamin Disraeli once made that observation that “Man is not the creature of circumstances. Circumstances are the creatures of men. We are free agents, and man is more powerful than matter.”
Something To Think About - 3/4/17
Singer Marian Anderson believed that “So long as you keep a person down, there must be some part of you down there to keep him down.”
Something To Think About - 3/3/17
Writer Douglas Adams once noted that “”I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.”
Something To Think About - 3/2/17
Writer Berthold Auerbach identified “Discontent” as “the source of all trouble, but also of all progress, in individuals and nations.”
Something To Think About - 3/1/17
It’s disappointing to see Citizens for Responsible Growth try and block yet another proposal to improve services for the residents of Columbia. The addition of a medical facility to the Parrots Ferry commercial property brings emergency healthcare miles closer to the residents north of Sonora and we would urge the County Supervisors to move ahead with allowing this project that meets all zoning, design and both the Columbia Area Community Plan as well as the County General Plan.
Something To Think About - 2/28/17
NOAA recently announced that 2016 was the warmest ever, by 0.04 degrees, that’s four one-hundreths of a degree, significantly less than the margin of error and what was predicted earlier. Interestingly enough, 40% of the temperature increase since 1900 happened between 1910 and 1945 when carbon emissions only increased by 10%.
Something To Think About - 2/27/17
Theologian William Ellery Channing believed that “Difficulties are meant to rouse, not discourage. The human spirit is to grow strong by conflict.”