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Honesty or arrogance?Posted Thursday, September 20, 2007, at 4:22 PM
Please permit me to say something you already know. I am NOT and don't claim to be an expert on anything.
In fact, I like a quote attributed to Bum Phillips, the former coach of the Houston Oilers.
"An expert is an ordinary fella away from home."
After qualifying myself as somewhere hopefully slightly above an idiot and not one step beyond ordinary, may I list a few of the things I believe such as:
I believe those we vote for to represent us should do just that, not some of us but ALL of us, and those they appoint should be held to the same standards.
While I believe education is vitally important, more and more money earmarked for education won't get the job done until we first find a way to eliminate those who spend our tax dollars lavishly for themselves before what is left of those dollars trickle down to classrooms and students.
The American Dream is valid and it takes the combined efforts of all us from the extremely wealthy to those pinching pennies to get by to make it happen. And then we have those who squander their money, often welfare money, on liquor, drugs and good times, accept no responsibility…and then reach deeper than anyone into the pot.
A few hunger pangs in the belly might do more to make healthy, shiftless people find a job rather than bigger welfare payments.
I worry about the fact we are overextending our military to look out for the interests of other nations at the expense of our own nation…and some of the suppliers of our military fall more closely into the category of crooks rather than citizens.
Education is fine and necessary, but some politicians place too much emphasis on degrees and overlook those who never saw the inside of a college and have been working for years to make a better life for their kids while becoming good, solid tax-paying citizens. This group has a lot of good common sense to offer us.
And all of this brings me back to those we have voted for, and can remove by the same method, to represent ALL of us. I'm referring to all of those from local to national. I've let you know how I feel, now what are your feelings toward those representing us?
On the local level, does your voice come through as strongly as out-of-town developers who don't even live here and look only at the bottom line of profits…or is your voice a mere whimper to those voted to represent us and those whom they have appointed to jobs? I still like the word "job" rather than "position." We have too many people in positions not doing the job.
Do you sometimes feel too many of those who represent us and make all the right comments prior to election really think only a chosen few have a right to have an opinion and be heard?
Does the public have a right to know the number of trips made by politicians and appointees and the cost of those trips to the taxpayers? Would a mandatory publication of those names and figures reveal a pattern of abuse by some?
Beyond the local level, does party affiliation too often overshadow what is best for ALL of the American people?
Are the voices of ALL of the people of Shelbyville and Bedford County being heard fairly and honestly here, in Nashville and in Washington D.C.?
If some of those who have the job, not position, of representing us feel I are referring to them that is fine with me…but I have one suggestion to make to them.
Go back over the comments I have made here and then ask yourselves one final question:
Have I somehow misplaced honesty and picked up arrogance?
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Bo Melson is a retired sports and police beat editor of the Times-Gazette.