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Our little planet wobbles and spins through space, orbiting a red-hot coal that will eventually incinerate us and turn Earth, our moon and all other planets and orbiting space debris into a part of the dying red giant.
In the meantime, we have to face floods, sweltering summer heat waves and chilling winters. Tornadoes rip a path from Oklahoma to Tennessee.
Meanwhile, our legislators worry about the safety and humane treatment of fighting roosters and busy themselves with legislating the nursing habits of women in Tennessee.
And now they’re pushing for picture ID for voters in Tennessee.
Isn’t that unconstitutional?
The final insult came when I heard that the rightwinger Tea Partiers are pushing for sending a voucher program of Medicaid and Medicare down to the states. The states can do it more effectively, more efficiently, they claim. That, as we all can readily recognize, is a load of horse biscuits! More than likely some of the vouchers would wind up in Swiss Bank accounts or would be used to purchase grand cruises or trips to Europe!
Did everybody forget Bernie Madoff already? But the really sad part is that we, or somebody, elected these people to positions of responsibility.
A well-known and beloved local writer bemoaned the proposal to allow white-tailed deer farming in Tennessee — claiming that wild things should be left in the wild.
Wrong! Everything that is now domesticated was once in the wild.
Does he want us to release all chickens, cattle, horses, dogs and cats, goats, sheep, donkeys, hogs, turkeys, llamas, alpacas, ducks, geese and the like?
And what about the cats in Tiger Haven — does he want them released back into the wild, too — maybe in downtown Kingston?
What could be funnier than following politics and local events?