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02/07/18 03:43 PM #3933    

 

Janis Kliphardt (Emery)

1967 - Jayne Mansfield was killed when her car ran under the rear end of a tractor trailer.  Since then, all trailers have a DOT bar at the rear to keep cars from going under them.  

1982 - Seven people died when Tylenol packaging was tampered with.  Since then, it takes a PhD, channel locks, and a sharp object to get into a bottle of pills.  

1995 - A bombing using a certain kind of fertilizer containing solution grade ammonium nitrate killed 168 people so the government imposed severe restrictions on the purchase of that fertilizer.  

2001 - One person attempted to blow up a plane with a shoe bomb.  Since then, all air travelers have to take off their shoes for scanning before being allowed to board a plane.  

Since 1968 - 1,516,863 people have died from guns on American soil.  Gun violence has killed on average 168 people every two days for 50 years.  What solution have we brought to this longstanding problem in America?--  Thoughts and prayers.

 

 


02/08/18 11:11 AM #3934    

 

Janis Kliphardt (Emery)

Nearly 1,000 DACA recipients are currently serving in the US Military, risking their lives with no guarantee for US citizenship.  Every day DREAMERS are putting their lives on the line for the country they love and the only home they’ve known: the United States of America.  

Now their Commander-in-Chief and Congress are deserting them... DREAMERS serving in the military are being told their service counts for nothing.

DREAMERS deserve the stability that comes with knowing they won’t be deported from the only home they’ve known.  The GOP is using DREAMERS’ fate as leverage for the border wall.

DACA should have been resolved months ago.

It’s time to uphold everything that makes our country great: freedom, diversity, and the opportunity to build a better future.

It’s time to pass a clean DREAM Act.

 

 


02/08/18 08:15 PM #3935    

 

David Steinberg (Noel)

Alop is correct.


02/09/18 06:04 PM #3936    

 

Janis Kliphardt (Emery)

The Centers for Disease Control estimates more than 14,000 Americans have been hospitalized with the flu virus since October.  The last major flu epidemic in the U.S. was the 2009 swine flu which caused over 270,000 hospitalizations and over 12,000 deaths.  A report released by the government today said this season’s flu epidemic has become just as bad as the 2009 outbreak and is expected to worsen.  

This season the predominant strain is H3N2 which causes the worst outbreaks of two influenza A viruses and two types of influenza B viruses.

If you did not get your flu vaccination, the CDC recommends that you do - there’s no guarantee you will not get the flu, but the vaccination should lessen the chance that you will or at least lessen the effect if you come down with the flu.  The CDC also recommends washing your hands throughout the day and keeping them away from your eyes, nose, and mouth; contacting your medical provider and staying home if you feel symptoms; and of course, getting adequate rest and staying hydrated.

Take care and be well.

 

 


02/11/18 10:55 AM #3937    

 

Janis Kliphardt (Emery)

Happy Birthday, Kathy Hanson.

Golf School is in the distant past...

Wishing you continuing happiness and good health.

 


02/11/18 04:41 PM #3938    

 

Janis Kliphardt (Emery)

Three reasons why a military parade in D.C. is a serious mistake.  

  1) The Cost: To put on a military parade of the magnitude Trump purports to want would cost taxpayers millions, if not tens of millions in training, maintenance, and transport dollars alone, not to mention the cost of extra fuel required for driving tanks down Pennsylvania Avenue and flying jets over D.C.  

  2) The Logistics: D.C. streets and bridges cannot support the weight of seventy-ton tanks.  Such a parade would do serious damage to D.C.’s already strained infrastructure.  Moreover, organizing and orchestrating a parade would snarl D.C. traffic for days as manpower and material were put into place.  This would profoundly affect the lives of D.C. residents, many of whom are trying to get to work to help the government stay funded.  

  3) The Readiness Implication: Every tank and plane used in this parade is a tank and plane a soldier or airman  is not using for training purposes.  The lost training days damage our military readiness, and the excessive hours added onto the equipment on parade are an unnecessary use of precious resources.  

As Republican Senator John Kennedy from Louisiana says about President Trump’s proposed military parade: “I don’t think it’s a particularly good idea.  Confidence is silent.  Insecurities are loud.  America is the most powerful country in all of human history.”  (The U.S. does) “not need to show it off.  We’re not North Korea, we’re not Russia, and we’re not China, and I don’t want to be.  And for that reason I would be against flaunting our strength.  We don’t need to; everybody knows we have it.”  

Democrats and Republicans alike should recognize such a display of our military power only trivializes our strength.  This is not a partisan issue.  This is an American issue - How does this expense make sense when the government can’t fund itself?

 

 


02/11/18 09:15 PM #3939    

 

Robert Earl Olson

 

 

 

I live in Mesa Az 4 miles from Sloan field Tim Taylor will be at my house the weekend of March 9 to catch the cub vs cws the 10 th and nascar the 11th I’ve got room for another 5 people in my house for the weekend contact me for info bob of Arabia 

 

 


02/12/18 03:30 PM #3940    

 

Janis Kliphardt (Emery)

The Woman Who Changed the Face of Little League Baseball

Maria Pepe paved the way for females in the sport

“She’s got a good stretch,” exclaims Maria Pepe, sitting in the stands in Hoboken, N.J., grinning like a proud godmother. In fact the two had only met a half hour before, but in a way Pepe is Kayla’s godmother. Pepe is the reason the girl is even on this Little League field on a warm Saturday, smoking pitches past a team full of boys.

It was Pepe’s presence 35 years ago on an earlier, grittier incarnation of this very field—with its million-dollar view of lower Manhattan—that resulted in the first girls being allowed to officially play Little League.

“Reporters would ask, ‘Why do you want to play baseball?’ ” Pepe says with a laugh. “I used to think, ‘Why do you think all these other kids want to play baseball?’

“When you’re 11 you just want to play ball, you’re not thinking ‘Oh, I’m gonna break a sex barrier for Little League.’ ”

Pepe, who was a pitcher, played only three games in 1972, before being forced off her Young Democrats team when the Little League threatened to revoke Hoboken’s charter. But the ensuing lawsuit by the National Organization for Women—fought for nearly two years against the backdrop of the newly enacted Title IX legislation, which banned sex discrimination in schools, including athletics—changed the landscape of bat-and-ball sports for females. Still, even now, there are those who say the landscape hasn’t changed enough.

Pepe, now 49, suffered indignities back then, not from the boys, but from adults who accused her of ruining Little League. Time has given her an apartment full of memorabilia, scrapbooks of articles, memories and honors she never anticipated, including her cap enshrined in the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., and her glove on display at the Little League museum in Williamsport, Pa. While she occasionally tears up when talking about what happened, time has also slowly allowed her to make some peace with her bittersweet victory so many years ago.

“I remember the day their ruling came out,” she says. “The NOW had called to tell my father. He said, ‘Honey, I want you to know that they ruled in your favor.’ And I looked at my father and I said, ‘You know, Dad, that’s great, but now I’m too old to play.’ And he kinda knew that, and he looked at me and he said, ‘But honey, you gotta realize all the girls who will come after you.’ ”

But many of the girls who came after her did not wind up in baseball. At the time Little League let girls into baseball, it also started a softball division, and at the end of last season girls accounted for more than 99 percent of the 360,000 youngsters playing Little League softball but only about 10 percent of the more than 2.2 million youngsters playing Little League baseball. In Hoboken, Kayla Morrissette is one of only two girls on the 12 teams.

“They decided to ignore the spirit of the law by creating softball programs as a place to admit girls,” says Donna Lopiano, former CEO of the Women’s Sports Foundation, women’s athletic director at the University of Texas for 17 years and now president of Sports Management Resources. “It was a methodical push of girls into softball.”

Lopiano was the top pick of a Little League baseball team in her hometown of Stamford, Conn., in the late 1950s. “They told me I couldn’t play while I was in line for a uniform,” she says. She went on to play softball, making it to the National Softball Hall of Fame. As chair of the women’s baseball committee of the International Baseball Federation, she is helping to develop a strategic plan to continue the growth of girls’ baseball leagues worldwide.

Baseball opportunities are minimal for females beyond the 12-year-old age division, says Stephen Keener, Little League’s president and CEO. “If somehow or other there could be a viable opportunity for teenage girls, you’d see more activity at the lower levels,” he says.

Critics see that as chicken-or-egg logic, but interest in girls’ and women’s softball has exploded since 1974. The Amateur Softball Association, which has been around since the 1930s, has some 1.1 million players on about 90,000 teams in the United States. NCAA softball, which is women only, has grown from 416 collegiate teams and more than 7,400 players in 1981-1982 to 950 teams and more than 17,000 players in 2007-2008. There are five professional women’s fast-pitch teams, but there is no women’s NCAA baseball, nor is there professional women’s baseball.

Her Little League hopes dashed, Pepe played high school basketball, and then made a somewhat uncomfortable switch to softball in college. She played varsity at St. Peter’s College in New Jersey and also played in two other recreational leagues, at second base—never able to master softball pitching. Given today’s circumstances, she says, she’d probably pick softball with its potential for scholarship money and its hint of a future after college.

Pepe earned a master’s degree in finance and became a certified public accountant, working for 22 years as the controller at Hackensack University Medical Center. Last February, looking for a less work-centered life, she became assistant comptroller for the city of Hoboken. By coincidence, her Little League coach, Jim Farina, the man who took a chance on her in 1972, is Hoboken’s city clerk.

“Every time I see her I sing ‘Take Me Out to the Ball Game,’ ” says Farina, 62. “What strikes me,” he continues, “she took it in stride, what happened, but never forgot. She always got involved in different causes as far as women are concerned. She didn’t retreat from what happened.”

Since changing jobs, Pepe has started thinking about accepting the Hoboken Little League’s long-standing offer to have her coach. Not softball. “I would do the baseball,” she says.

In the bottom of the fifth inning, Kayla Morrissette cracked a double that sent two runners home, effectively winning the game for her team. She closed the day with 16 strikeouts in the regulation six innings.

“I am so proud of you,” Pepe told her afterward. “That was a great game.”

“That’s cool,” says Kayla, when her father explains who Pepe is.

It’s OK that young girls like Kayla may not recognize her. “I pass a field, if I see girls playing. They don’t know who I am. I don’t promote who I am. I walk over to the fence. I watch them. I walk away. It’s sort of like a healing,” Pepe says. “I get to play through all these girls. I kind of get to play forever.”

Jan Ellen Spiegel is a writer and baseball fan in Connecticut.

 

 


02/12/18 08:21 PM #3941    

 

Paul Richard Hain

Our military doesn't do parades well.  Paraders are usually not good fighters. We are good at fighting. Spend the money to keep our military kick-ass safe.  I agree with Janis. Save the streets and bridges.


02/14/18 11:43 AM #3942    

 

Janis Kliphardt (Emery)

It’s Valentine’s Day, but I’m not feeling the love--

Hate groups are organizing against DREAMers... the Federation for American Immigration Reform is actively lobbying U.S Senators to only support reforms that close the border, increase deportations, and end legal immigration.  With Donald Trump and Stephen Miller, and a Congress controlled by extreme anti-immigrant Republicans and supported by FAIR — an open debate on immigration is going to drive the conversation to undercut the possibility of passing sensible legislation.  

We cannot allow voices of hate to derail the discussion about protecting DREAMers.  While we need immediate relief for DREAMers, we need a bill that includes the full DREAM Act and sensible border security with accountability and oversight protections.  We need a bill that does more good than harm.  The GOP could use the DREAMers as leverage to change America’s immigration system by ending family reunification, eliminating the Diversity Visa Program, expanding deportation, and funding Trump’s border wall.

The crisis for DREAMers needs an immediate legislative solution for DREAMers and their families.  

Starting March 5th, the number of DREAMers losing their DACA protections will skyrocket from 122 to 1,200 a day, putting them at risk of “exile” from the only country they know as home.

 

Donald Trump just released his budget-- Trump and his Republican allies in Congress are using deficits to justify massive cuts to Medicare and Medicaid, billions in cuts to K-12 public schools and elimination of student loan forgiveness programs, huge cuts to science programs, defunding PBS and NPR, and ending the food stamp program and “reducing food assistance to a humiliation ritual” with “America’s Harvest Box” of canned food which “captures the Trumpian attitude toward poverty.”  Many parts of our country already suffer from high rates of poverty, hunger, lack of health care, and more.  Trump seems happy to make inequity and injustice the norm for everyone in America who isn’t rich.  

Of course, Trump’s budget isn’t all cuts-- he does propose more money in all the wrong places:  

- big increases in military spending to pay for a military parade and to build a lot of new nuclear weapons

- massive increases for ICE which is already breaking up families and ripping people from their homes and communities

- and yes, billions for Trump’s border wall

 

And the ‘winning’ continues as Walmart announces another massive round of layoffs.  Walmart’s spokesperson told the Wall Street Journal something about how “retail is changing.”  The spokesperson is right-- part of what’s changing about retail is that fewer and fewer Americans are able to afford the things that are sold in retail spaces — online or in store.

 

Where is the love?  If you never know truth then you never know love. 

 

 


02/14/18 05:56 PM #3943    

 

Janis Kliphardt (Emery)

 

Should we build walls around our schools?

Thanks for the Valentine's Massacre 2018 NRA.

(already the 18th school shooting this calendar year)

 

Since 1968 - 1,516,970 (including 107 today) people and counting have died from guns on American soil.  Gun violence has killed on average 168 people every two days for 50 years.

Thoughts and prayers are NOT sufficient to stop mass slaughter in the United States-- they are empty if we do not follow up with action.  We have made a political choice to accept the carnage.

This Valentine's Day 2018, I sadly recognize the America I knew is dying. 

Janis

 

 


02/15/18 05:37 AM #3944    

 

Steven Ray Hirschtick

These are indeed trying times for GOP and their supporters.  I could list MANY bullet points below but limit myself to these two:

  1. Another 17 people slaughtered by a deranged teenage shooter with assault weapons.Much of this has been discussed here, so I focus upon this one point: there will never be meaningful gun regulation (like keeping assault rifles away from teens!) with current GOPers in office.The NRA OWNS THEM!!The NRA is very rich GUN MANUFACTURING LOBBY ARM.The NRA in the 2015-2016 election cycle contributed over 17 MILLION DOLLARS to GOP candidates , most of whom are now tweeting their “prayers and support” for latest victims.ENOUGH WITH PRAYERS ALONE……….TRY FIXING THE DAMN PROBLEM!!These candidates are nothing but whores in my view (with apologies to whores) who have sold themselves to NRA.Want more info, see:https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/bess-kalb-nra-tweets_us_5a84ee69e4b0058d5565cbac   Today is 15 February, yet (as Janis points out) there have been EIGHTEEN (YES 18!) SCHOOL SHOOTINGS IN USA SO FAR THIS YEAR!!Politicians of ALL parties are indeed whores today thanks to US Supreme Court's Citizens United decision.  But the GOPers bought by the NRA take this to new and extreme depths.I understand them………..but fail to understand those who support them by ignoring this reality. Please GOPers here, do not bother to reply to me.I decline to argue with you about this.But how the hell do you live with yourselves?

  2. And the USA Press (all of them including FOX and Breitbart, etc) are about to obsess beyond comprehension. And America will join with them in the obsession as trump’s lawyer commits yuge screw-up by his Stormy Daniels disclosure about the $130,000 hush money paid.So American is about to be consumed by a discussion of the PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES who ran around with Stormy just after his youngest Son was born and then she got paid a bundle just before election to hush.I wonder if the Founders ever considered such a matter when drafting the constitution.

Oh my!!


02/15/18 07:46 AM #3945    

 

Steven Ray Hirschtick

CONGRATULATIONS USA!  Of all the wealthy nations on Earth, America is the MOST dangerous country in which a child can today be born.  “The United States has poorer child health outcomes than other wealthy nations despite greater per capita spending on health care for children.”   This per a recently released study (Jan 2018)  by that liberal rag, The Journal Of Health Affairs. https://www.healthaffairs.org/doi/abs/10.1377/hlthaff.2017.0767


02/15/18 09:42 AM #3946    

 

Janis Kliphardt (Emery)

 

“Look I’m a baseball player, but I’m also an American.  I’m a Floridian and a Parklander for life.  While I don’t have all the answers, I know something has to change before this is visited on another community and another community and another community,”  said Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo during his nearly five-minute speech at the candlelight vigil for victims at his alma mater in Parkland, FL.

 

If it’s too soon to talk about Parkland, could we talk about Sandy Hook?

 

The Journal of Health Affairs (linked by Steve) reports that “using publicly available data for children ages 0-19 from 1961 to 2010, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development found that 'while child mortality progressively declined across all countries, mortality in the U.S. has been higher than in peer nations since the 1980s.  From 2001 to 2010 the risk of death in the US was 76% greater for infants and 57% greater for children ages 1-19.  During this decade, children in the U.S. ages 15-19 were 82 times more likely to die from gun homicide.  U.S. policy interventions should focus on infants and children ages 15-19, the two age groups with the greatest disparities (from peer nations), by addressing perinatal causes of death, automobile accidents, and assaults by firearm.' ”  

Sadly, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is prohibited by law from even studying gun violence. 

Our insatiable appetite for weapons is destroying everything that gives us life, both on the personal front and as evidenced by Trump’s proposed budget for spending on weapons.  Unless Republicans in Congress act now, their willingness to enable Trump will go down in history as a catastrophic abdication of leadership.  The Senate observed a moment of silence for Parkland, but the House did not.  Congress adjourned today and will be in recess all next week.  

Everyone knew there would be another school shooting.  Those who did nothing to stop it—and who made sure nobody else could do anything to stop it—are complicit.

God help us.  

“We has met the enemy and the enemy is us.”

It's apparent more than the shooters need a mental health exam.  

Is it possible today’s students will push us to achieve gun safety legislation?

 

 


02/16/18 08:49 AM #3947    

 

Janis Kliphardt (Emery)

Morning in America, February 16th -

Happy Birthday, Barbara Johnson.  

Happy Birthday, Joel Delman.  

It’s always good to find your posts.

 

 


02/16/18 11:14 AM #3948    

 

Janis Kliphardt (Emery)

 

Seventeen year old Parkland, FL, survivor: “Politicians abandoned us by failing to keep assault weapons out of our schools.”

 

How many school shootings have there been in 2018?  by John Woodrow Cox and Steven Rich   February 15, 2018   The Washington Post  

The stunning number 18 swept across the Internet within minutes of the news from Parkland, FL, Wednesday afternoon.  The figure originated with Everytown for Gun Safety, a nonprofit that works to prevent gun violence.

Many journalists rely on Everytown’s data.  However, deciding what is and is not a school shooting can be difficult.  

Everytown’s research director explains that their organization defines a school shooting as “any time a firearm discharges a live round inside a school building or on a school campus or grounds” noting that “every time a gun is discharged on school grounds it shatters the sense of safety” for students, parents, and the community.  She said Everytown works to reiterate those parameters in their public messaging, but that that nuance is lost in high profile massacres.  

Since this report by the Washington Post, Everytown has removed one of the incidents on their running tally of school shootings.  Seven of Everytown’s 18 school shootings listed for 2018 took place outside normal school hours.

There is no dispute gun violence is a crisis in the U.S. — and that the trends for this pervasive and devastating impact on American children are growing more dire.  A recent study of World Health Organization data published in the American Journal of Medicine found that among high-income nations, 91% of children younger than 15 who were killed by bullets lived in the U.S.  

It’s important to recognize that figures matter and we need to understand how incidents are defined and counted.  

 

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/no-there-havent-been-18-school-shooting-in-2018-that-number-is-flat-wrong/2018/02/15/65b6cf72-1264-11e8-8ea1-c1d91fcec3fe_story.html?utm_term=.bd8bbc229aaf&wpisrc=nl_az_most&wpmk=1
 

 


02/16/18 09:32 PM #3949    

 

Janis Kliphardt (Emery)

Excerpts from “Today IS the day to talk, argue, fight, politicize, and act to address gun violence”  by Mark Sumner 

“Hopes.  Prayers.  Light another candle.  Lower the flag.  Have a moment of silence.  As if silence is not just the only thing we can do, it’s the right thing to do, and we draw ourselves together to do nothing with dignity.

We act as if in not acting, we’re upholding some grand principle—and not just admitting we’re a nation of cowards—it’s not because doing nothing is the right thing, but because it’s the easy thing.  It always is.  It’s easier to accept our kids may never come home from school than to offend our uncle or neighbor or friend by trying to make things better.  After all, taking a public stand would be uncomfortable.  Someone might say something.  So we watch those poor kids scream, and then we do ... nothing.  

But let’s not.  Let’s just not.  Let’s take up the challenge of dealing with a difficult issue.  

We’ve tried turning the country into an armed camp, where the guns outnumber the people.  That hasn’t worked.  The only laws that have passed are those that make it easier to have more guns in more places more of the time.  It’s well past time to admit those very laws are making things worse.  

It is time to try something else.  

Yes, this is a country where there’s a long history of associating firearms with freedom.  

Yes, there are already hundreds of millions of guns in the country.  

Yes, there are people who genuinely enjoy hunting, or skeet, or gun sports.  

But there are no unbounded rights-- speech isn’t an unlimited right; religious practice isn’t an unlimited right.  

Let’s find reasonable limits of owning and using firearms-- and if that means revoking or modifying the Second Amendment, let’s do it.  After all, it’s an amendment... its very nature is an acknowledgement of compromise between highly fallible men (as in prohibition).  Pretending that the amendments can’t themselves be amended is to ignore a process that acknowledged that the future needs of the nation could not be fully anticipated.  

Doing something rather than nothing about gun safety will be uncomfortable.  

If you’ve been waiting for a call to do something important—consider yourself summoned.”

 

 


02/17/18 01:11 PM #3950    

 

Carol Helen Kretschmar (Riffner)

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Carol Helen Kretschmar (Riffner)

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02/17/18 01:19 PM #3952    

 

Carol Helen Kretschmar (Riffner)

Freedom of speech (which you certainly exercise) and freedom to practice religion are most definitely our rights, Janis.  And, yes, we need to make changes in order to protect the safety of our children.  Guns have been here since the beginning, the difference is the way we're raising our children and what we're exposing them to. When we were children we abided by the rules and were afraid of authority.  Our activities were monitored by our parents.  Today they have no respect for authority and sue (an most often win) if they don't like the rules.  What havoc this must cause in young minds.  This shooter was a troubled child from a troubled home who made his intentions known, and he received no help.  All they did was expel him so he had 24/7 to foster his sick mind.  Changes need to be made in our society.


02/17/18 01:46 PM #3953    

 

Steven Ray Hirschtick

Hi Carol,

Good to see you.  Hope AZ is nice to you.  Please do not be stunned as I agree with all three of your posts.

I add to them a few truths:

--is not possible to shoot anybody unless you have a gun.  I am not aware of many mass knifings in schools or at concerts.  Guns fit somewhere with your statements.

--there is something else that has changed: the easy availability of military assault weapons, including too many who are not fit to own a weapon (for example, crazy folks, etc).  FYI, the AR-15 is in fact the same weapon as the US Army standard, the M-16, except the AR-15 has been modified to shoot one round per trigger pull, which is easily altered to pull the trigger once and hold to shoot everything in clip (with "bump stocks" or online available conversion kits, for example).  Plus the 30 round clips have not been around all that long.  These facts are also part of a very complex equation.

I am not here resisting God in schools, but I have a question.  Which God or Gods?

Again, welcome back.  I will attempt to be more civil then in the past to honor your return and hope that you stay.  Are you close to Cubs training?  Will you be seeing them?  Another topic upon which we could agree.  If you and I actually agree on some topics (which we do) and can respect our disagreements, maybe we could set an example for lots of other folks.  Probably not, but the start of a new baseball season fills me with optimism, so who can say?


02/17/18 07:55 PM #3954    

 

Janis Kliphardt (Emery)

Carol,

"Today IS the day to talk, argue, fight, politicize, and act to address gun violence."  Our children are being slaughtered at school.

I hope you listened to Steve as carefully as he listened and responded to you.

All I would add to Steve's comments--

God as worshipped by the Abrahamic faith traditions (Jews, Christians, and Muslims) does not protect us from the consequences of human actions... Christians suffered persecution by the Romans, Jews suffered the Holocaust, Muslims continue to suffer the Iraqi and Afghani Wars...

We in the United States face the increasing challenge of finding better ways to protect our children from gun violence.

I have heard Cubs' first baseman and Parkland alum Anthony Rizzo as well as survivors of the Valentine's Massacre 2018 address the crisis of gun violence.  I have hope that where we have failed, this generation may have the courage and wisdom to constructively work for gun safety. 

 

Will you be accepting Bob Olson's kind invitation for an event filled weekend in Mesa, AZ?  It sounds like a fun time.

 

 


02/18/18 10:11 AM #3955    

 

Janis Kliphardt (Emery)

Teen survivors of Florida's Valentine’s Massacre announce their March 24th ‘March for Our Lives’ demonstration in D.C. and for protests in other cities around the country.  

“Any politician who is taking money from the NRA is responsible for events like this.  At the end of the day, the NRA is fostering and promoting this gun culture.”

...the point is to “create a new normal where there’s a badge of shame on any politician who’s accepting money from the NRA.”  

“All students should realize that a school shooting could happen anywhere.”

...above comments shared by students who declare, “We don’t need comfort, we need change.”  

Moral leadership is coming from these students representative of Parkland HS... their voices are drowning out partisan voices... "this is about guns!"  They want to have a conversation about guns with President Trump, Senator Marco Rubio, and FL Governor Rick Scott.  

“Let us who have ears listen... ”  Where we have failed, I have hope this young generation will succeed.

 

 


02/18/18 11:46 AM #3956    

 

Carol Helen Kretschmar (Riffner)

Hey Steve,

I so appreciated your kind and warm post...Backatcha.

I love life in Mesa.  Never thought of myself as a desert girl, but I love everything about it; the sunsets, the mountains, the limitless sunshine.  Sis is here (and we're getting along fabulously) and Linda's close enough for us to get together more often.  And, yes, they've built new and improved digs for the Cubs.  I haven't seen them but maybe some day.

I couldn't agree with you more relative to assault weapons.  To my way of thinking their sole purpose is that of mass destruction and I see no justification for their sale or ownership.

In answer to your question which God or Gods...I haven't the authority to determine what God people pray to nor to judge anyone for their faith.  Mine, the God of the Blible, has done well by me and, I believe, for our country.  Others feel differently and we are fortunate to live in a country where freedom of religion is a right.  I feel that freedom is being undermined, and not allowing prayer in schools is just one example of that.  I don't believe prayer ever hurt a soul and should not be considered an insult.  Our country was built on the foundation of "In God we trust" and the more we deviate from that premise the more trouble we're seeing.  I'm not telling you or anybody to agree with me, but I'm not open to "debate" as my heart is firm in my personal belief.

From what you've shared, it sounds like you are happy with life in your beautiful country.  I'm glad. 

Best wishes, Carol

 


02/18/18 12:38 PM #3957    

 

Steven Ray Hirschtick

Oh my Carol………we are getting along, just like in the old days.  We should avoid politics and we will be fine.

What’s to not like about no winter!?  And I strongly recommend a spring training game.  They are relaxed and a treat in the sun.  Alop and I used to regularly attend some and then play in Mesa.  Mmmmmmm Waffle House, horribly unhealthy but so tasty. 

You and I discussed God (all of them) and religion a while back.  You know that I do not share your views.  I think it an individual matter and not for me to comment upon someone’s beliefs (excluding Scientology).  So no God or religion comment by me here is best.  I only mentioned God before to make the point that many if not most attending USA schools probably believe in the God of the Old Testament, but certainly some will not and some may be atheists.  So who decides what can be presented in schools?  And then does that mean that some students have others views and beliefs imposed upon them?  A horny problem indeed. 

I do recommend a Cubs game there.  Alop and I only attended games at HoHoKam Park where they played in Mesa in the old days (when I lived in USA……long trip today for a spring training game).  They have a new joint today, which lots quite nice.  Less expensive, more relaxed and you are so close.  OK, games do not count, but who cares as a good time was usually had by all.  Plus some classmates may be showing up as I just read an invitation posted here not long ago.

And no more snow, wind chill factors and shoveling.  Keep smiling.

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