When is enough, enough?
A question I seem to be asking a lot lately, but especially when I made a recent visit to the library.
I like the library. I like books. Where else can I read all the books I want, take them home with me, and not pay a cent for them? Yes, I'm grateful to the library and its services.
BUT, I'm not grateful for the people who take their cell phones into the library and then proceed to talk on them.
?????? Did I miss something?????? Isn't the library a place for quiet? Where hushed voices are the norm? and expected?? ... Apparently not.
On a recent visit I was perusing the stacks when I heard the all too familiar tone of a cell phone. After checking to make sure it wasn't mine (..it wasn't), I continued my perusing. Unfortunately, the owner of said cell phone didn't do the same. She picked up her phone and started talking. For about 5-minutes. In a regular voice.
Frankly, I found it rude. VERY. RUDE.
Listen, I understand if it was emergency. If Grandma was in the hospital or someone's having a baby. This was NOT one of those times. (believe me, I heard nearly all the conversation and it was very mundane.)
I'm not above it, believe me. I use my cell way too much. BUT, there are places it doesn't belong. I'm going to be the first to cast my vote for no cells in the library. And please, put the thing on vibrate. Libraries were once a place of quiet reflection and solitude - let's return to those days!
p.s. If you are talking in the library (or elsewhere) I probably can't help but listen -and JUDGE! .... So, you've been warned.
Here's hoping your days aren't interrupted with the ring of a cell phone! :) Take Care & be safe!
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.
Some may not really pertain to modern times, (coveting an ox) but you certainly get the gist of it.
The Ten Commandments
1. 'You shall have no other gods before Me.'
2. 'You shall not make for yourself a carved image--any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.'
3. 'You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain.'
4. 'Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.'
5. 'Honor your father and your mother.'
6. 'You shall not murder.'
7. 'You shall not commit adultery.'
8. 'You shall not steal.'
9. 'You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.'
10. 'You shall not covet your neighbor's house; you shall not covet your neighbor's wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor's.'
Take Care & be good to one another! ~sjb
Sometimes I get a chance to be a news observer, instead of a news reporter. This weekend I sat watching continuous coverage of the Arizona shooting. I'm sure you're familiar with the the case - Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was shot in the head. I sat there for hours as both CNN and Fox News reported that Giffords was dead. Headline News even had a friend of the Congresswoman on the phone talking about what a dear friend she was. Then, as it sometimes happens on Saturdays & Sundays, I fell asleep. For hours (I get up at 4:30a to anchor the a.m. show, so give me a little break :). Anywho, when I woke up- Giffords was alive. (medical marvel? argument for news operations to hold off before reporting info? that's up to you to decide.. )
While I find myself getting annoyed with our society rather often, I will say -I'm never more PROUD of us than in the wake of a tragedy. It seems we always rise to the occasion and come together when its important. I like to compare it to a family. You might be upset & say something about your mom/brother/sister/whoever, but the first time someone else says something about one of those folks -WATCH OUT!
A 22-year-old suspect has been arrested. Already tales of his previous outbursts have been reported. I'm sure calls for gun control, more security and mental health evaluations will be made. I'm not sure what's the answer, though I wonder if all these places that dealt with him years ago- ever reported him? What about the parents? School administrators? Court system? I'm sure this info will come out -sooner rather than later. News7 & the CBS Evening News will keep you updated.
In other news, I was working on a blog this weekend (before the Tucson shooting) - thought I'd share that as well.
Things that make me go hmmmmm....
-In Salem this week, a young man was found guilty in connection to the death of his best friend. He is going to prison for 3-years. In a separate case - another young man was sentenced to 15-years for a crime spree that included a home invasion. No deaths there.
-Huck Finn's getting a re-write. Nothing new- the book, written in the 1800s, has been deemed "offensive" for sometime due to the use of "the N-word." The more than 200-instances of "the word" -will now be replaced with "slave." In other news, during a recent visit to Thomas Jefferson's Monticello - I learned the slave quarters aren't called that. Instead, a plaque informs visitors 'This is where Monticello's "dependencies" were housed... ' Is "dependencies" the new word for "slaves"?
Some changes here at your hometown station. My dear friend and our 10 & 11 p.m. anchor, Natasha Ryan has left channel 7 for a job in Seattle. While change is common in the news business, it doesn't make it any easier. I know I will miss Natasha tremendously! But, what's making the transition easier - is the position has been taken over by one of my "besties" Hollani Davis. Beside being a wonderful person, Hollani's a top-notch journalist who has been a fixture on the weekend's as anchor of the 6 & 11. I know it will be a PERFECT fit! CONGRATS HOLLANI!!!
(p.s. Several of you have asked why I didn't get Tash's job. Honestly, I didn't even apply! I wasn't interested in working the evening shift -not my thing! You know the old saying - if ain't broke, don't fix it! :) Instead you can continue to watch me anchor News7 Saturday & Sunday mornings & see my reports Monday -Wednesday :)
On that note & in the wake of everything, let's try to be a little more patient with each other. Think twice (and then maybe a few more times after that) if you want to act out.
Hang in there!