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Random Thoughts on Daily Life
Wednesday, April 13, 2011 • Posted April 13, 2011

There is a balance to life. If we ever allow ourselves to become too focused on only one thing, we stop noticing all the other things happening in our lives. Instead, our lives and our thoughts are made up of a myriad topics, activities and experiences. Such are my thoughts this week.I am full of praise and thanksgiving for the wonderful rain. Here in town, it was half an inch, while at home we got a level inch or more. By Monday afternoon, you could already see the difference it was making to fields, pastures and yards. Long range forecasts show the possibility of more in the coming weeks, so keep your prayers full of thanks for what we've received.I have concerns for friends who are going through illness. It seems that, at every turn, I hear of another that is battling cancer or other illnesses. This, too, is part of life, and I know that all families must deal with such struggles. I add these friends and family of friends to my prayers, knowing that those combined voices rise to God's ears and produce marvelous results.In more earthly matters, I watch Washington and Austin and I cringe at what I see. As budget battles rage, decisions are made, not because of constituent needs or requests; but, instead because the party or a special interest demands it. Democrat or Republican. Marxist or Tea Party. Christian or Buddhist. It seems that our elected representatives have forgotten that even our great Constitution was a work of many compromises. People gave up their demands so that the common good might be obtained. In our current system, it is a demand for "all or nothing!" That is not good government. It is not good citizenship. It is not good humanity.I am concerned with a water bill that is making its way through the Texas legislature. Our own Senator Fraser proffered the legislation, and on its surface, it would appear to support our private property rights by solidifying our "right of capture" for the water beneath our feet. Sadly, as with most legislation, it has taken a different direction. If passed, it essentially guarantees the right of a city to buy real estate over our aquifer, drill a well, and pipe that water anywhere they please, regardless of the consequences to neighbors. Water districts were supposed to help protect local landowners in such situations; but, they have not always had the backbone to make tough decisions when powerful people have flexed their own political muscles. Watch this one carefully.Politics is always rattling around as a topic of concern. I read an article recently that pointed out our current bitter partisan fights are nothing new. The author talked about earlier times in our country's history when, rather than trying to work for the country, elected officials worked for special interests, special causes, or just for moneyed supporters. During those times, the country reached a state of agitation, not because any of the charges being tossed about were true; but, rather, because the ones doing the tossing told everyone they were true and the people believed it. Even our modern world, with access to all the information there is, still has a problem helping its citizens discern truth from rhetoric and fact from fiction. I suppose I was relieved to know we got through those earlier times of confusion and unrest; but, that does not make our current situation any less troubling.So many things going on, and so many things to try and grasp. Life is full of highs and lows, achievements and failures. And I would have it no other way.It’s all just my opinion.ger/opinion - this and that april 2011

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