On a rolling hillside, overlooking the Potomac River and in the distance the great Mall of Monuments, the U.S. Capitol, and even the White House lie more than 1100 acres of some of the most hallowed and consecrated grounds in these United States, Arlington National Cemetery.
Yes, bad cops and police brutality do exist. More peace officer training in de-escalation and alternatives to the use of force is warranted and a prudent measure. But so would be addressing lingering issues like low law enforcement pay and the education entry-level requirement in many jurisdictions being only a high school diploma.
President Biden is trying to guide the automotive sector towards no longer selling gas guzzlers to an arbitrary yet still moving target date between 2025 and 2030. However, there are some rather conspicuous dirty little problems in making that leap.
As I watched north Georgia and much of the southeast over-react last week to a spot fuel shortage, largely driven by consumer behavior and hoarding, it struck me that our society as it exists today, probably would not survive the multiple challenges and difficulties of the Second World War, or the rationing and shared community sacrifices of the Great Depression.
For the third time in as many months, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms was holding a press conference, to acknowledge the tragedy of another child killed, this time among the crossfire of 20 shootings in just one Atlanta weekend.
If you are among those who have already received your first COVID19 vaccine, the J&J one-shot, or awaiting only your second vaccine dose, then thank you for doing your part, and we’ll see you here again, same time, same place next week.
As this column is being written, the U.S. House is again expected to pass, along party lines, a $1.9 trillion Corona Virus Stimulus and Aid package, which will hopefully mean some economic relief and assistance in the near term for individuals and small businesses, as well as local and state governments and boards of education, struggling with challenged revenue streams and increased costs directly related to the pandemic.
Now another weather-created maelstrom has literally frozen much of the commonwealth of Texas for over a week. And though this frosting literally has hundreds of thousands of Texans turning a bit chilly and blue in their energy-free homes, the Red state is getting heaps of derision.
Now on the back of both of President Donald Trump’s impeachment trials and acquittals what I think I find most fascinating and what also probably bothers me the most about this President, is his almost complete inability to accept responsibility, blame, or ownership of any of his own bad choices.
There is of course a tendency, for an individual or political party is in a position of power, to want to try and hang on to that power. What may be more important to remember, as we live in a democratic republic, is that the real power is in the hands of voters and our citizenry...if they actually make USE of that power.
While I congratulate President Biden, Vice-President Harris, and Senators Ossoff and Warnock...before you all call the painters, let me share with you a story that almost no one is writing about, but that is also worth hearing...I’ll call it the Bubba Factor.