, Newburyport, MA


December 7, 2012

What can I say?

As I prepared to write my column this month, I felt uninspired.

I searched to find some new and exciting topic which might spark me to put together a few pages worth reading, but alas, I didn’t have much luck. I tried writing about the election and how thankful I am that it is over. I feel relieved that my side came out ahead, and in Massachusetts, we passed a bill legalizing the use of medical marijuana, and that the first attempt for a “Death with Dignity” measure to legalize physician-assisted suicide came close to passing.

I am also delighted to notice my home phone no longer rings every waking hour with campaign solicitations. Equally wonderful, now that the election is done with, the amount of messages in my e-mail inbox has been cut in half, and no longer do I get those slick postal letters with enticing invitations and family photographs. I tried to tell “them” to stop those expensive mailings and save the marketing money, since they already had my vote and I can only give so much, but no one listened.

For far too long the calls and the mail kept coming. Having all this hoopla end is good, but I am left with a bit of cynicism that probably not much in our government will change. The opposition party will most likely continue to oppose and make any forward motion slow going. Is it fair to say a compromise on one’s core values may not be possible?

I might have written about the holidays and how it is becoming ever more absurd, given the economic times, to buy into the Christmas gift-giving madness which seems to start earlier each year. As soon as requests for donations around the election ended, we have passed into “the season of giving” and every nonprofit with, no doubt, a very worthwhile cause is looking for me to make a donation.

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