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  • 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 - 4/20/17
  • 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 - 4/17/17
    Karl Marx wrote: “There is only one way to kill capitalism – by taxes, taxes and more taxes.”
  • 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 - 4/12/17
    Franklin Delano Roosevelt believed that “Repetition does not transform a lie into a truth.”
  • Something To Think About - 4/11/17
    “I'm not smart.” claims, financier and presidential adviser Bernard Baruch, “I try to observe.” “Millions saw the apple fall, but Newton was the one who asked why.”
  • Something To Think About - 4/8/17
    Aristotle said: “Dignity does not consist in possessing honors, but in deserving them.”
  • Something To Think About - 4/7/17
    “If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you.” noted Mark Twain. “That is the principal difference between dog and man.”
  • Something To Think About - 4/6/17
    Chinese philosopher Lao-Tse said: “Expediency is the mere shadow of right and truth; it is the beginning of disorder.”
  • Something To Think About - 4/5/17
    Napoleon said: “It requires more courage to suffer than to die.”
  • Something To Think About - 4/4/17
    Bishop Charles Colton once observed that “…when we fail our pride supports us; when we succeed, it betrays us.”
  • Something To Think About - 4/3/17
    The man who rows the boat, generally does not have time to rock it.
  • Something To Think About - 4/1/17
    According to a Chinese Proverb: “Behind every able man, there are always other able men.”
  • Something To Think About - 3/31/17
    Arnold Bennett once observed that while “It is easier to go down a hill than up, the view is from the top.”
  • Something To Think About - 3/30/17
    Writer James Joyce called “mistakes” “the portals of discovery.”
  • Something To Think About - 3/29/17
    “Of two evils, choose neither,” advised English Baptist preacher Charles Spurgeon.
  • Something To Think About - 3/25/17
    Benjamin Disraeli once noted that “Success is the child of audacity.”
  • Something To Think About - 3/24/17
    Your IQ is not nearly so important as your “I CAN” and your “I WILL.”
  • Something To Think About - 3/23/17
    Writer Aldous Huxley claimed that “Several excuses are always less convincing than one.”
  • Something To Think About - 3/22/17
    Ralph Waldo Emerson believed that “The reward of a thing well done is to have done it.”
  • Something To Think About - 3/21/17
    Chekhov said: “Man is what he believes.”
  • Something To Think About - 3/20/17
    Winston Churchill once observed that “Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing had happened.”
  • Something To Think About - 3/18/17
    According to politician and civil rights activist the late Allard Lowenstein, “The question should be, is it worth trying to do, not, can it be done?”
  • Something To Think About - 3/17/17
    Humorist Josh Billings claimed that “There is no revenge so complete as forgiveness.”
  • 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 - 3/15/17
    Actress Audrey Hepburn claimed that “Success is like reaching an important birthday and finding you're exactly the same.”
  • Something To Think About - 3/14/17
    Albert Einstein once remarked that “Sometimes one pays most for the things one gets for nothing.”
  • Something To Think About - 3/13/17
    You always have two choices. One is easy, and that is its only reward.
  • Something To Think About - 3/11/17
    The Roman playwright Plautus said: “Things which you do not hope happen more frequently than things which you do hope.”
  • Something To Think About - 3/10/17
    American explorer Jean Baptiste Charbonneau called a “sibling” “a friend given by nature.”
  • Something To Think About - 3/9/17
    Charles Darwin said: “A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life.”
  • Something To Think About - 3/8/17
    Harry Truman once noted that “One of the difficulties with all our institutions is the fact that we've emphasized the reward instead of the service.”
  • Something To Think About - 3/7/17
    Writer Edith Wharton claimed that “There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.”
  • 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.”
  • Something To Think About - 2/25/17
  • Something To Think About - 2/24/17
  • Something To Think About - 2/23/17
  • Something To Think About - 2/22/17
    "The pillar of truth and the pillar of freedom - they are the pillars of society." - Henrik Ibsen
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