Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour and Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell ignited howls of protest last year when they publicly applauded their state’s Confederate heroes. Now comes Florida Governor Rick Scott. He drew the same loud cry of Confederate lover when he proposed plopping six former Florida governors who served in the Confederate army in the state’s Veterans Hall of Fame. The outcry was swift and rightly so.
Our country appears to have avoided default on our debt, based on a deal that was cut Sunday night, and negotiations that will begin Monday morning. Of course, as I write this, there may well be another monkey wrench thrown into the process of compromise, as the Tea Party Republicans have been intransient and completely unwilling to compromise. President Obama and some Democrats, on the other hand, have been far willing to compromise putting everything sacred – Social Security, Medicare, educational programs – on the table while taking other matters, including tax increases on the wealthy, off the table. To swallow deep budget cuts without also looking at revenue increases seems misguided, at best, and perhaps even foolish. Further, to wait until the eleventh hour threatens the sense of security that our elderly, disabled, and others are entitled to. Eventually, this erodes confidence in government and weakens the fabric of civic participation.
I couldn’t believe what I was reading. An online article about dating after divorce advising parents to steer clear of the word dating when they are talking to their young children. What? When did dating become the “D” word?
On Sunday, I ventured to Charlotte, NC with two girlfriends to catch the Sade concert. The trek to Charlotte on a school night was a very small price to pay to see Sade live after more than 10 years out of the spotlight.
The beat goes on.
SPARTANBURG – Out with the old. In with the new.