Thanks, Stephen

Leave it to Stephen Colbert to sum up this time in America with clarity, direction, and comfort. And hats off to John Baptiste for offering optimism.

But back to Stephen, maybe a good V.P. for President Joe?

What a hoot, and we’d probably get things done.

What good is looting?

Watching a black man cry as he surveyed his destroyed business was a disturbing site. The protests are understandable and justified but the looting of small businesses serves no purpose. Hopefully, the anger will soon die and the next steps in this process will begin.

In paraphrasing Martin Luther King, a riot is the language of the unheard, however violence never brings peace.

Indira Ghandi

Known as the “Iron Lady,” Indira Ghandi was the first female Prime Minister of India and the second longest tenured. She began her career as the personal assistant to the first Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, who was her father. Upon his departure from this role she won election at 40 years of age serving from 1966-1977 and 1980-1984.

She believed in centralization of power and her motto was, “Remove Poverty.” She was assassinated in 1984 by her Sikh bodyguards when she ordered the removal of their militant leader.

Cost of Republican National Convention

This is a no brainer. Monies earned by a state having this convention will be lost with health care costs from transmission. This would cause a second wave nationally as attendees return to their home states. All quarantine benefits would be lost.

On the flip side some say bring it on as this is the only way people learn. But what a lesson.

Georgia and Now Minnesota

Seeing the videos associated with these white men’s actions towards black men I trembled, then I cried. Men acting like savages hunting others down and killing them. This is not our country.

Much investigation and monies will be awarded in these incidents, however, this cannot bring these men back nor restore faith in police or government officials involved in these travesties. The damage is done.

How can we stop this hatred?

Begin individually.

Memorial Day

Arlington National Cemetery

Memorial Day, or Decoration Day, began at Arlington National Cemetery on May 30, 1868, to honor those fallen in the Civil War. It is a day when Americans gather and decorate cemeteries.

This year the Day also included the close to 100,000 victims of the corona virus with flags half mast.

I write this the day after the holiday as while the day has past we need to remember these sacrifices. Freedom comes with cost and we need to be grateful to those served and serving, especially those who gave their lives for our benefits.