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Opinion

October 30, 2012

Idiosyncrasies in our society

As I have aged, there seems to be an obsessive attitude in people that is harder to accept than when I was younger.

First of all, this election is way off kilter. More than $500 million has been spent on the campaigns, more “dirt” being thrown, way too much rhetoric and way too many debates. I’ve said it before; we need to limit all campaigns to six weeks like most European countries. Say what you have to say in that frame time and get on with it. The phone calls are disruptive (sometimes four a night) and the mailings are ludicrous. Meanwhile, people have lost jobs, savings and homes. Many have given up looking for work! This campaigning has been going on for over a year! Thank goodness Nov. 6 is soon!

Secondly, a young boy wanted to support his family as well as a stranger during “Cancer Awareness Month” so he dyed his hair “pink”. The press gave him wonderful news coverage, however, the educational administration of his school refused to let him come to school! To me the school system is the “Ogre”. What a wrong message they are sending. His aim was to bring a message of support to women who have suffered, succumbed or survived breast cancer! Thank goodness we have children who are aware and want to show their concern. How inventive he is!

Thirdly, why does a business that has been complimented many times for their excellent employees not have a sense of humor and compassion for the employees who do such excellent work! Instead, for one small comment in one of my past articles (which was meant to be humorous) they inferred that it could reflect on the company in a negative way with its connotation! Please relax and get a sense of humor. There are much more important matters to be addressed.

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