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Columns

Sound Off: 'Pick up your trash' and other items

Pick up your trash

I live along the [Great] Western Trail, and I’ve noticed large groups of runners coming through lately, and I’ve also noticed a lot of high-energy gel packs and discarded bottles along the trail. Please pick up your trash when you run or cycle along the trail. We all want to enjoy the trail, and if you don’t have the strength to pick up your trash, maybe take a shorter run.

Stop kidding yourself

I am so tired of all the Obama bashing in this Sound Off section. I’ve liked presidents, and I’ve disliked presidents. But I have never known a president who hasn’t done one single thing right. That kind of absolute thinking makes me suspicious. For the past eight years, a Gallup poll has found that President Obama is the most admired man in the world. His approval ratings in this country are at an all-time high. So, when I hear people say things like “worst president ever,” I ask myself, “Really?” Worse than Nixon or John Tyler, who was expelled from the party, or Warren Harding, who presided over a well-known corrupt administration? If people think Obama is worse than one of these presidents, they are either stupid or racist. How many people are aware of the fact that Fox News ran an online story on Malia Obama deciding to attend Harvard? The piece drew so many racist responses – some with full names attached – that Fox had to shut down its comments section. Please stop kidding yourself. When hateful remarks like those can be said about a beautiful young girl who has not been involved in politics, who has nothing to do with policy in our country – when people can talk about her that way – racism is alive and well in our country.

Looking for Prince Charming

Diversity is pushed by many groups, including the gay community. But, yet, what could be more diverse than two human beings with different body parts? As a single young woman, I recall opening the door to a ballroom in Los Angeles. I was thrilled to see at least 700 men dressed up in tuxedos for an elegant meal. Yet not one woman was present. They were only interested in each other. They wanted someone who had their same body parts, not mine. Looking into the ballroom that night gave me a glimpse of the gay life. A woman in a pretty dress was not welcome. I walked away and wondered where my Prince Charming was. Unfortunately, I believe he was in that ballroom ignoring me. The gay movement has not been kind to single women who long for a husband.

Watch what your kids watch

Instead of promoting girls, who are overall nonviolent, let us once again help boys to succeed in life. If you watch the Disney Junior station, you will see a female sheriff, a female captain of a space ship and a female physician. Disney Junior wants girls to realize they can do it all, while ignoring boys as leaders. Watch what your kids watch. Since women have entered the work force, we have kids who stare at TVs and electronic devices, instead of being hugged and loved.

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