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2 - November 08, 2012 News Outlook Your Hometown Newspaper OPINIONS Heaven Is A Lot Like Kentucky By Charles Mattox Insanity laughs under pressure we're cracking Can't we give ourselves... one more chance Why can't we give love that one more chance Why can't we give love give love give love give love give love give love give love give love give love 'Cause love's such an old fashioned word And love dares you to care for The people on the edge of the Night And love dares you to change our way of Caring about ourselves This is our last dance This is our last dance This is ourselves Under pressure Under pressure Pressure Excerpted from the A HAP..MONIOUS OUTCOME song "Under Pressure" written and performed by Freddie Mercury, Brian May, Roger Meadows and John Deacon of the group Queen, and with the col- laborative efforts of David Bowie. The song was re- leased in 1981. As the years slowly roll by I am reluctantly begin- ning to acknowledge my immortality. My days are numbered, dear reader, just like yours. I grow increasingly old, and slightly more decrepit with the passing of each season. No complaints here. I Should have bit the dust many times, many years ago. If you were to write my life's history in a math- ematical equation, the fact that I am still alive, simply would not add up. I lived dangerously there for a pretty-good while and I am still prone to occasionally commit acts of near galactic stu- pidity. Every moment of every day is a blessing and there are no guarantees in this good life. Such has been the case throughout history. Material things can make our lives more pro- ductive and more comfort- able, but life isn't always about a contest of comfort. Life isn't always about a contest at all, simply a gift to be cherished while we can in whatever circum- stances we find ourselves. You and I know folks who are such control freaks and so greedy they actually think "they can take it all with them when they go," but like Old Pete told me one time years ago in the scrubby, near desert wastelands that surround- ed Fort Hood Texas, "I've yet to see a hearse with a luggage rack, son." Old Pete was "a good'un," as my folks would say of a man who could be trusted and had a little grit. Old Pete "saw the el- ephant" near the Chosin Reservoir in North Korea, long before we met. When an old person used to say they 'saw the elephant', well, it meant they saw battle. Few acts of carnage in the annals of American history can compare to the frozen Hell American sol- diers witnessed near the Chosin Reservoir. It was a hellhole to be sure. I don't know how much, if any, documented com- bat action my father saw at the end of World War Two or the front end of Korea, or those years in between along the DMZ where he was a military Police Officer, all I know was his stories about his military service were few and far between and how incredibly cold the Korean winter could be, so cold that when you urinated, your urine would turn to ice cubes before it hit the frozen ground. That's about all my fa- ther would say of the place. That and the .45 Colt pistol was the best weapon ever made. We do our best and hope the next generation does a little better and lives with more joy than we did, and struggles less. molding that clay," on the endless summer days he would spend with the lo- cal and regional youth on the baseball diamonds scattered across Fleming County. Raising five kids, work- ing a factory job, raising a crop of tobacco and scour- ing the woods and streams to help put food on the ta- ble would be enough work for four men, but some- how, without complaint, he always managed to volunteer to coach youth baseball. And his teams didn't lose very much. Dad was never very good at losing. Baseball, like hunting and fishing, remained a passion for him until his twilight years. He remains the stan- dard I hope to parallel one day as whata man should My mih'tary service and be, though I know that day life in general, has been a cake-walk compared to my father's. Dad had some pretty hard bark on his exterior but he always made time to give a little something back to the younger gen- erations of his sons and daughters age. My sister and I used to say-"look at him out there, will never come and on his worse day he was twice the man I could ever be- come on my best day. He did things his way and along those same lines, so too do I. I donated a fairly rare Native American axe to the Fleming County Cov- ered Bridge Museum last week. The axe is made of granite, polished to the hilt and could fall a small tree if properly attached to a handle, in just a few strokes. Yeah, the bit is still fairly sharp after 2;000 years without being used. It felt good to donate the axe, might spark an inter- est in some young person some day and lead them to follow along the broken trails that I've followed in search of knowledge and understanding you can't find in most books; the kind of knowledge and understanding you can only find in the solitude of the wilderness amid the ancient landscape where folks similar to you and I used to make their home thousands of years ago. There is a lot more that connects all of us than separates us, dear reader; All of us. I doubt that I will ever make that complete and harmonious connection that I witnessed my father make with his world. A world that was exponen-'. fially harsher to him than mine have been to me. But I will continue to try. I hope your days are filled with actions that will lead to a harmonious out- come as well. By Cecil Lawson I spend a lot of time in the column writing about community, and _,f.h#, rog,par,t, I think we're better,, ,off with strong communities and .d_nse of community. Politics is a big, if un- acknowledged, part of what community is about. Because we live in a society where de- mocracy is the norm, we are always going to be pondering and debating on how to slice up the public pie flat is our tax dollars and ather public resources. Rarely arewe all going to agree on how to go about doing this. This is why we've adopted the idea of majority rule. At the same time, we agree that we have certain in- alienable rights that ex- ist regardless of what the majority agreesto do. The civil fights strug- gles of the 20th and 21st centuries are a recogni- tion that more and more minority groups arerec- ognized as having the same rights as everyone else. We have institutions that set up certain ways we go about doing the public's business - that's what the U. S. Constitu- tion and the various state constitutions set up for US. Our representative bodies make the laws that govern how we in- teract with each other, and our executive of- ficials, from the presi- dent on down to the city worker and county road worker, make sure that we follow those laws. Our court system ex- ists to settle disputes over what those laws mean. That, in a nutshell, is how our American de- mocracy works. Com- plain as we will about taxes, corruption, and lawyers, the fact is that it's a pretty good system as far as forms of gov- ernment go. I'm sitting here and writing this column on Monday afternoon be- OR THOSE WHO SAT THIS ONE OUT fore the November elec- own opinion about the seriously. I'm one of tion. I have a purpose in politics or the govern- them, and sure most of When an apple a day isn't enough, mind. ment. They might want my readers are as well. call the Physician Referral Line There are plenty rather want to watch Most people will not fail enough people out there something on TV or read to take part. Matching you to - politicians, advertisers, a good book or build a But there are plenty of the right physician community organizers, chair, folks among us who may at the right time civics teachers - tell- As Veteran's Day ap- not. They have their is our specialty. ing you to get out and proaches next week, choice, too. It's a ques- vote. I don't disagree some might make the tionable choice some with them. You probably argument that our vet- days, but we should re- Call today-- should get out and vote. erans and lost soldiers spect it. the service is free! It is the most obvious fought for our freedoms, ,- 'aoent: wleti:deraoc - including the right to racy goes into action for vote, and that we owe the average person, them is to get out and h] s','f';bu are .... erclse'ff/at rigiit. .... going t 9 vote, then think, There. is something to choose wisely, and cast be said for that, but peo- your ballot. Do this ev- pie go off to war for lots ery time you have the of reasons other than opportunity, just patriotism, and gov- But at the same time, I ernments get involved in have something more to situations that have little add. or nothing to do with de- I don't think we should fending freedom. fuss at people who don't But I think even the vote. most battle-hardened People don't vote for solider would tell you Natural gas heat brings your a lot of different rea- that he fights even for family together in total sons. I've heard a great the unthinking person comfort. When the outside number of reasons given in his own country who temperature falls, electric heat during this most recent doesn't vote. He fights pumps struggle while natural presidential election to for the grateful and the gas furnaces bring a steady flow not vote, both good and ungrateful, of warm air. Over half the bad. We don't always have homes in the nation are heated I don't think you re- to exercise our rights with natural gas, and natural ally need a reason to not to be able to hold on to gas is gaining in popularity vote. them. They remain self- every year. One of things I think evident truths. we are probably just So no, I would say, let's now, at this point in our not condemn the person There are several good reasons for this, starting with dependability. The natural national history, begin- who doesn't vote. He or gas pipeline system ensures the safe and reliable delivery of energy to your ning to recognize is the she may or may not have home: It's comforting, in more ways than one, to know you and your loved ones notion that our freedoms his or her reasons, but can depend on natural gas. include the freedom to that's not up for the rest NOT participate in the of us to decide. Natural gas makes a house feel like a home with warm, comfortable heat no political process. I would say that the matter how cold it is outside. When it comes to value, natural gas is clearly the As a life-long student more fundamental right choice. Natural gas is also the cleanest fossil fuel. With the need to reduce the of politics, I have learned we have, at the basis of amount of pollutants being emitted into the air and water, natural gas is better that not everybody is in- them all, is to choose to for the environment than other sources of energy. terested in political mat- participate in the politi- ters. Some people like cal life of our communi- sports more, or church, ty. It's that choice, that You're probably doing your part. Bundling or taking care of their intention, that brings newspapers, saving gasoline, recycling glass children. Some people community to life, and and more. You are concerned about costs work a lot. Others sim- it's what makes democ- and saving our earth's valuable resources. ply don't like matters of racy work. Using natural gas helps to conserve our natural resources for future generations. It's public interest. Those places where interesting to note that most of the new That's perfectly al- democracy failed, such electric generation projects being planned in right, as Germany after World the the U.S. will be powered by natural gas. I've heard many, many War I, or Rwanda in 1994, It's an available and abundant fuel that takes people say that, if you are places where the a vital place in our society today.., and in the don't vote, then you people gave in to both future. don't have anything to apathy and extremism, complain about after the leading to the violent, So the next time you want to heat things up election is over. murderous exclusion of choose natural gas. 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