Saturday, January 24, 2015
Saturday, November 17, 2012
Saturday, November 3, 2012
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Results of this summer recall election in Wisconsin are really disappointing to those who worked hard to question the direction the State is taking under governor Scott Walker. The results are disappointing not because the governor was voted back to office but because of the way the election was conducted and the results were proclaimed. This is the first time in US history for a failed recall election. There are many unanswered questions as to what went wrong.
Why would citizens bother to vote when the big media declares a winner before voting ends and before the votes are completely counted? Barely an hour after the polls were closed and only 20% of the votes counted, Scott Walker was declared the winner of the recall elections. Absentee votes were to be counted till Friday, 3 day after the Tuesday vote. 20% of the returns do not accurately reflect the will of the people. The most frustrating thing is that the democratic candidate conceded defeat at around 10 PM as soon as the big media declared Scott Walker the winner.
I am really disappointed by the unprofessional coverage of the big national media and their lack of honest education and examination of the challenges facing the nation. I am equally disappointed by citizens who are easily deceived by media lies and propaganda funded by the big businesses for the interest of big business and not for the common good. Our democracy is taking a turn for the worst. Elected offices now appear to be for sale to the highest bidder.
Thursday, June 14, 2012
A reflection on life is inspired by a related topic in the recent Madison Times written by Alex Gee. This contribution is also a result of a continuous reflection following the many recent deaths and events that have occurred, and continue to occur, in our community. There must be a lesson that we are supposed to learn. God is the teacher. What is He teaching us? “Get a life insurance, prepare a will and live happily with one another, (for you know not when the hour will come.” At the passing of each loved one (young or old) we write well-worded reflections and narrations of the good old days. We also share memorable photos of the dead – photos taken alone and with family and friends.
In every culture and as believers, we understand that death is inevitable. Death is sure to follow birth at a time best known only by our Creator. Death is one of the equal opportunity award in our world. In some cases, a terminal illness, discovered early, is a prelude to death with an opportunity for anticipation and maybe preparation. In other cases death is sudden or accidental. Regardless of when or how it comes, family and friends are never prepared when the time comes. When death occurs, we wail and cry and take time off from our busy schedules, buy trip tickets, and share old memories of the good old days.
These are appropriate things to do in times of sorrow but one wonders what would happen if we were to share good memories of friends and relatives with others regularly? How would you feel if relatives wrote and shared memories with each other often? What would it mean to our family and friends to get regular notes or phone calls more often? And how wonderful would it be for us to extend the traditional social values of visiting with friends and relatives occasionally?
The problem with us is that though we know that life is fleeting and that every person we love will surely take that eternal trip, we are not wise enough to slow down, call, write, visit, hug, or photograph more regularly. We have not learned our lesson, and we may not be cherishing each moment as a precious, irreplaceable gift. We are usually working harder and longer and cannot slow down. We hear the excuse that “I am too busy” more often than we should.
Our tight schedule and heavy workload robs us of our humanity. Our humanity ought to remind us of our mortality. Our mortality should equally shape our actions, motives, and temper our desire for material wealth. Life is too short but we have ample opportunities to give and receive love before we regret. Airline tickets for funerals are just as expensive as tickets to reunions, graduations, or simple occasional visits. God is a great teacher. Let us learn and live peacefully.