Families teach bad work habits
When I woke up not feeling well, my parents would send me on to school. Ninety-eight percent of the time after I got there I would start to feel better.
My siblings and I often won awards for attendance because our parents were prime examples, never missing a day or calling in sick. They both worked in managerial positions and often talked about sorry, lazy or just plain crazy employees — people who chronically called in sick, were always late from breaks and lunch, stood around flirting and talking instead of working, were thin-skinned and broke into tears or called you every name in the book because they were asked to do their jobs.
My parents told us never to be lazy or sorry workers. I see too many employees, straight out of high school or new to the workforce, display all of the above behaviors. When management addresses these issues many quit because mom, dad, grandma or Aunt Suzie is supporting them financially. They feel like they don't have to work.
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Way to go parents. No wonder Social Security is drying up.
Gun scare could help
After the massacre at Newtown, I thought surely something would be done about the proliferation of guns in our society. But, of course, all we heard was the same tired rhetoric about movies, video games and mental illness.
Compare gun deaths in the United States to other progressive countries. The differences really stand out. Residents of other countries watch the same movies, play the same video games and have citizens with severe mental illness also.
Then I came up with what I think is an original idea that may encourage lawmakers to pass some common-sense gun laws.
Black and Latino men should start walking around with their firearms for all to see. I'm sure that will scare lawmakers into passing some decent gun laws.
Move Ky. primary
Kentucky makes itself irrelevant for the 2016 elections. Our primaries are held so late that the race is already decided. The people of New Hampshire and Iowa get to meet the candidates and have their issues heard; we get none of that. The candidates we like will have already dropped out and our issues will not be important, and we do this to ourselves. We could hold an earlier primary, but we don't.
The second way we make ourselves irrelevant is by being a red state. By being so predictably Republican, we get no attention from either party. Elections come and go, but Kentucky remains invisible.
Why can't we change this and hold an earlier primary? Why can't we be a little less predictable with our voting? Don't be knee-jerk Republican voters.
On the national stage we need at least two more political parties. The two-party stranglehold on America is the way that corporations, bankers and military contractors maintain their power over us. They give to both sides, then no matter who wins, the politicians are owned. The two-party system gives us the illusion of choice.
Armed soldiers OK
Our soldiers are armed to protect the United States and its citizens. The waitress at a Nicholasville Waffle House showed nothing but disrespect for a soldier in uniform when she told him there was a policy against having firearms in the restaurant.
I would much rather have an armed soldier sitting next to me than the armed robbers who hit places like Waffle House and hotels. A military person displaying a secured weapon would discourage possible troublemakers.
I'm sure when a police officer visits the Waffle House they don't tell the officer to take his weapon outside. What about all the people with concealed carry permits? Do they ask everyone who comes in if they are armed? I think not.
Helper needs help
I'm 80 years old, but still remember how to use the phone. There must be several hundred people living alone in Lexington who would like to have someone to talk to. I delivered for Meals on Wheels and remember that three of 10 recipients didn't care much about the meals; they just wanted someone to talk to.
For about 10 years I have been a volunteer for several national groups doing just that, but now none of these groups will cooperate with giving me new names.
Hospice hangs up when I call. The Veterans Administration says it is too much trouble. Volunteers of America doesn't have such a program even though they have a daily ad in the Wall Street Journal promoting such. The Red Cross had "hello daily," but no more,
I'm not selling anything. I've never seen any of the people I call. I don't ask personal questions. I thought I was helping. But maybe not.