In the aftermath of White Supremacists taking to the streets of Charlottesville, Va., we should step back. How did we get to this place where open hatred of people because of the color of their skin or religious ethnicity is being paraded in the streets? Is it only the Trump presidency that has vitalized small and insignificant hate groups or are we a sicker society than we realized?
I do not know much about gods; but I think that the river
My reaction to the picture on Wednesday's Forum front page was a moment of confusion: What military deployment was it? The picture featured about a dozen men in what appeared to be full military gear. But it wasn't the military; rather, it was the Red River Valley SWAT team deployed to a Family Fare grocery store parking lot because of a domestic dispute in a nearby home. A woman had jumped from the window of the house and been taken to a hospital. According to Forum reports, the police then entered the home and another woman was removed.
My favorite scene in the 1991 movie "Fried Green Tomatoes" occurs when unhappy, middle-aged housewife Evelyn Couch (Kathy Bates) is waiting for a parking space at a supermarket. Before she can drive in, two girls in a red Volkswagen convertible zip into the space she was waiting for. When she protests, one of the girls says, "Face it lady, we're younger and faster."
When our canopied boulevard trees succumbed to Dutch elm disease many years ago, we grieved the loss. How odd it was to view our summer yard bared to sunshine. (How harsh.) I felt as if our house had been picked up and moved to another location. Frankly, I wondered whether we could be the same people without those elms. Time went on, the grass thickened up where giant trees had kept it thin, new saplings of maple and ash were planted, and we stopped thinking about the gracious shade those seventy-year-old elms had cast. We adjusted.
Headed into the grocery store, I was stopped by a big sign reading, "Thou shalt not insure contraceptives." No surprise, standing there in an orange jump suit with a purple baseball cap on her head was Mary Contrary. "Hey, Sunshine, you must have heard about my new campaign." She flipped the sign over, reading what it said aloud, "Time to change the Ten Commandments." "That's ridiculous, Mary," I said. "Anyway, I just need ice cream, and I'm in a hurry." "Of course you are, Sunshine; you're so important you're always in a hurry."
A loud "kaboom" and I'm back in the summer between fifth and sixth grades, when a neighbor girl a few years older seemed to have lost her mind. (We'll call her Susie.) At least, I thought Susie had lost her mind.
When it comes to medicine, the American Medical Association is as mainstream as any organization gets. Rather than political objectives, its goals begin and end with quality, accessibility and affordability of America's medical care. That's why North Dakotans should pay attention to a sobering letter sent this past week by the AMA to Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. In the letter's two pages, the AMA lays out the disturbing ramifications of the Republican-controlled Senate's "Better Care Reconciliation Act."
Words on the funeral folder of a child who died tragically many years ago stay with me: When the road calls, run. When the wind blows, fly. And when the sun shines, get under it. If the words were attributed, I lost that part. (Google was no help.) Regardless of who said them, the words express the significance of immediacy: moments count. And moments in sunshine count extra.
Sobered. Emotional. Personally stricken. Most members of Congress were deeply affected by the shooting on the baseball field in Alexandria. Va. In fact, most were too stunned to look anything other than shocked and shaken as the day unfolded and they were interviewed for different news outlets. The rhetoric, even from the president, was lofty in the nicest way, appealing to the part of us that knows no political party, the part that loves the United States of America. Perhaps House Speaker Paul Ryan put it best when he said, "An attack on one is an attack on all."