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"HONEST COMMUNICATION IS BUILT ON THE TRUTH AND INTEGRITY AND UPON  THE RESPECT OF THE ONE FOR THE OTHER." Benjamin E. Mays   Something has happened to the watch dog that is supposed to be the advocate of the people. When the First Amendment was put in to protect the...

"PEOPLE MAY HEAR YOUR WORDS,  BUT THEY FEEL YOUR ATTITUDE." John C. Maxwell   Nothing has given me more warm feelings that meeting all of you out there at some point in time. The fact that you appreciate my putting my thoughts down for the world to see and...

"WHEN ANGER RISES, THINK OF THE CONSEQUENCES." Confucius   WHO ME? The University of Kansas found a way to get national attention, other than basketball, by offering a new class. The class is about The Angry White Male. (note to students: make sure you put this prominently on your...

"I HATE STUPID PEOPLE. THEY SHOULD HAVE TO WEAR SIGNS THAT JUST SAY, "I'M STUPID.' Bill Engvall   The way that the 'smart folks' start every project that they want to put over on the 'stupid people' has not changed in decades. Remember when the Seat Belt Law was a...

"GRIEF AND MEMORIES GO TOGETHER. AFTER SOMEONE DIES, THAT'S WHAT YOUR LEFT WITH. AND THE MEMORIES ARE SO SLIPPERY YET SO RICH." Mike Mills   My family have been very close to the Blasi family for years. Which Blasi family? A whole bunch of them. In fact we now live within...

"YOU HAVE ENEMIES? GOOD! THAT MEANS YOU'VE STOOD UP FOR SOMETHING, SOMETIME IN YOUR LIFE." Winston Churchill   Bear with me for a while folks. Many of you will probably have no connection for this bit of opinion that I am about to put down. This is for a...

"EVERY LIFE HAS A MEASURE OF SORROW, AND SOMETIMES THIS IS WHAT AWAKENS US." Steven Taylor The famous statement from the movie about Hitler when his occupying troops had to withdraw from Paris was "Is Paris Burning?" Hitler had ordered all the landmarks including Notre Dame to be...

"THE ONLY SOURCE OF KNOWLEDGE IS EXPERIENCE." Albert Einstein   If you have been around a while and especially if you have spent any time setting at the Liar's Club drinking coffee, you soon have a good idea of what to raise an eyebrow on. When you are being oversold...

"MANAGEMENT IS DOING THINGS RIGHT; LEADERSHIP IS DOING THE RIGHT THINGS." Peter Drucker   There is a common problem with government especially local government. Remember the saying that all politics start locally. It does not matter what size of town, city, township, county, school district, or state, it...

"THERE'S A VINTAGE WHICH BECOMES WIT, AGE, AND EXPERIENCE." Jon Bon Jovi   Well I had another birthday come and go. I took the opportunity to head off the question of "how does being 64 feel?" It is kind of a rhetorical question people ask when the subject of...