lesson in patience
"Patience is a virtue. Possess it if you can. Sometimes found in women. Never in a man." More often, "Patience is its own reward." But not this time. My wife, Lillian, had finished her weekly grocery shopping and found herself in the checkout line behind a woman who had purchased two dozen single bottles of a beverage, along with other products. The clerk felt that each bottle needed to be protected with individual wrapping. This took an inordinate amount of time, through which my wife waited silently. The customer paid and left with her purchases. As my wife, in turn, was getting ready to run her own credit card, the clerk said to her: "The lady that just left said that you were the most patient person shed ever seen. She asked me to apply this toward your own groceries." It was a $50 bill. Whomever you were, maam, we thank you most for the lesson you taught us, especially me.
back at Big Three
Yes, thats correct the Big Three have worn blinders for the past four decades and despite themselves gotten away with highway robbery. Now the result has come to roost. Ford, Chrysler and General Motors have abused the trust of the American public and now the public is speaking back. Their quality and high prices for poor-performing vehicles has created the dismay that they are experiencing today. The American consumer has spoken and is just saying, "No more." Import car manufacturers have been consistently providing a quality product at a reasonable price. Not overpricing their cars and then advertising them with these huge incentives and the consumer ends up paying more than the vehicles are worth. In addition, the dealing of value on trade-ins verses the car (MRSP) that the consumer is buying leaves you wanting to check your hand to see if all of your fingers are still attached. It is like playing Three Card Louie. I know you are going to tell me that this is the free enterprise system at work. So now you know why car buyers are skipping on the Big Three and buying quality, affordable vehicles from foreign manufacturers. Under the guise of protecting the American economy from a complete collapse the federal government has provided bailout funds to protect the autoworkers. In one breath, GM has said they will do that and in the next they only talk about layoffs and plant closings. I havent heard a word from them about how they are protecting anyone. Just so you know it is not the autoworkers who created this problem but the mismanagement by the executives who have run the industry into the ground.
Cant keep spending more than we take in
I love President Obamas idea of trying to show that hes interested in making cuts by asking his cabinet to find ways to save $100 million in the current budget. This morning I just read that GM and Chrysler will more than likely receive an additional $6 billion in federal loans, when we all know these companies will eventually file for bankruptcy, anyway. For any of you doing the "fuzzy math", thats a ratio of 60 to 1. Thats like trying to save $500 in your household budget and then going out the next day and buying a $30,000 car you cant really afford. Its no wonder our country is heading down the financial road of no return. When a nation continues to spend more than it takes in, we are only prolonging the inevitable.
Torture never is right, not even close
The question posed on Page 2 of the April 22 Daily Herald, "Does Torture Work?" is a red herring. The real question is, "When Is Torture Right?" and the answer is "Never." Not ever. Not even close. Even if torture worked (and it has been tried enough that we would know by now if it did), it would rate at least 9.5 on a scale of wrongs from 1 to 10, right up there with slavery and murder. …