How much "government" should be in your life?
When I stop to think about it - it seems like a lot of the issues this time of year stem from that question and people's beliefs as to the answer.
The General Assembly is back in session. And, with it, the excitement (?) that goes along with the democratic progress. Frankly, I don't envy our elected officials one bit. Trying to please everyone is a nearly IMPOSSIBLE task. Of course, we hear how times are tight and our legislature will be working with less money (aren't we all..) The issues? Well, they are vast (..but here are a few..) - PBS funding, the HPV shot, VA developing its own money - oh, and don't forget about the old favorites - transportation, school funding and infrastructure. How do we know where the money should go? What should be our priority? (..because it's doubtful everyone has the same priority list.) Alas my friends, I do not know (or maybe we should fund only MY priority list and let the others eat cake! NO-NO- I jest. I jest :) The process can be convoluted and stressful, but I truly believe it's the best one going. Unfortunately, I also believe tough decisions are on the horizon which won't sit well with everyone. (wow, it's like I'm a fortunate teller over here) As my dad used to tell me - there's a difference between a "want" and a "need."
It's often said - never bring up politics and religion in mixed company. It's sure to start a fight. Ahhh, so true. Tempers flared in Giles County this week as parents asked the school board to replace "The Ten Commandments" in schools. As a news viewer, I was surprised. I didn't know the 10 Commandments were even in schools. Well, they are once again in Giles County schools. So, here's the question- should parents/students have the expectation that this document be in their public schools? Isn't it the parents' responsibility to present this document/ideology to their children? What about students who are atheists or whose religions don't cover these bases? FLIP SIDE: We hear "separation of church and state" - but really, how separate is it (it says "In God We Trust" -on our money)? Is it a bad thing to have a list reminding people of societal norms hanging about? What is the list hurting? - especially in a community like Giles that wants the document to shown in the schools?
I haven't seen the list in awhile. So, I'll leave on that note this week - do with it what you will.