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Government for the People by Grandma Lynne

I complain so much with my thoughts and verbally about the problems in our country, I need to express my opinions and ideas about solutions. So, here goes…

The following is what I believe would be common sense government. I probably am not thinking of everything, and I welcome your civil comments and look forward to discussing these ideas and others.

Government — whether national, state, or local — should be uncomplicated, straightforward, and common sense. Our elected officials and equal-percentage income and other taxes paid by everyone should provide for common services, i.e., police and equipment and judges to enforce simple, straight-forward laws with set consequences; firefighters and equipment; infrastructure; schools kindergarten through junior college; and hospitals and medical care including for mental disabilities.

For example, it would be a deterrent to crime if everyone knew the consequences for breaking laws, if those consequences were tough enough, and if all laws are enforced in a timely manner without parole (which inserts a variable). Laws should be simple enough that no one needs a lawyer. Prosecutors should simply present evidence including witnesses; someone accused should defend themself; and a judge, judges, or jury should give a verdict.

Ok, I’m going to go off on tangents as I think of them…

Free speech is vital, of course, but needs to be exercised in a manner that does not break simple laws or keep someone else from their free speech or free use of sidewalks, roads, or facilities. Violence or property damage should be stopped and the perpetrators arrested and punished with simple, straight-forward laws.
Demonstrators should not be allowed to keep a scheduled speaker from speaking. They should be quiet during a scheduled speech or be removed from the room.

Immigration laws should be enforced. If they aren’t acceptable to the public as they are, then the laws should be changed. But, whatever the laws are must be enforced.

Federal laws trump state and local laws, and state laws trump local laws. The federal law must be enforced everywhere or changed and enforced.

And another thing, if a state flag needs to be changed, then let the people decide; but whatever the state flag, it must be flown by state and local government and public offices and institutions. If individuals don’t like the flag, then they should use legal means to have it changed. But, as long as it’s the flag, it should be respected as such. If individuals want to fly a flag of gay rights or the former confederate flag, that is an individual right but neither should be flown by public or government offices or institutions. If an individual’s flag or property is vandalized, then the perpetrator should receive the previously set consequences for property damage.

There is the issue of making the consequences different if a crime is a “hate” crime. This is unnecessary and further complicates the enforcement of laws. Any crime should have a set consequence without any need to decide motive.

Going back to the issue of the use of our taxes. They should be used in our country and not in other countries. Humanitarian aid should be provided by humanitarian organizations who are funded by voluntary contributions. We should not have to buy friendship or loyalty from other governments. Often money that is given is, evidently, not used for good purposes. We Americans have made our country what we want it to be with sacrifice and hard work. Other citizens of other countries should do as they please for their country. In the early days of our struggle for independence, we were helped by other country(s). And, some small countries would be taken-over by larger ones without our help. So, I can see helping another country have their own independence if it is a democracy so the people run things and if they are working for their own independence. If the people of other countries let themselves be controlled by a dictator, then they are allowing those consequences. We should not and cannot force democracy on other countries.

It makes no sense that we give money to other countries and borrow money from China.

Ok, I’m tired so I’ll stop for now and let the discussion, I hope, begin. I look forward to hearing others ideas.

Grandma Lynne

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Starting Another New Category = Cats & Dogs

Pets add so much that’s positive to our lives. We can take care of them, and they give back lots of love and even sometimes protection.  They add peacefulness and contentment to our lives when we pet them, cuddle them, and talk to them.

I have 2 male orange cats (a marmalade Pedro & a darker Tiger), 1 female black cat (Tabitha aka Tabby), 1 large black lab (Buck), and temporarily 1 white Yorkie-Bishon grand-dog (Annabelle). I have lots of stories to tell about them and want to introduce them individually. But, I will tell now that we got all the cats on June 10, 2010, when Tiger and Tabitha were about 5 weeks old (had been outside and wild) and Pedro was about 10 days old. So, they’re about 4-1/2 years old. Tabitha’s hair is very silky and soft. Pedro’s hair is soft. Tiger’s hair is thicker and more coarse. Buck is 6 years old and Annabelle is 8.

Today my narrative is about Tabitha.

She has always been the skiddish one. She didn’t want much petting until during the last two years, since we moved to the country. There was a lot of back and forth between the city and the country while we were clearing land. Sometimes we would take them in the car with us and sometimes they would be left inside for 3 or 4 days at a time. She got more clingy. Bless her heart! Always whenever there is any company in the house, she goes under our bed and no one ever sees her. In the last couple of years she has started sleeping in our bed, mostly cuddled up next to me, and she will sit in our lap occasionally now and enjoys being petted.

This is the story I want to tell about her today, and I wish I could get a picture of this. Background first…since we moved our mobile home from the city to here in the country in September, 2013, it was not completely and permanently skirted until this past November, 2014. Until November, Tabitha spent a lot of every day under the mobile home. We’re not sure what she was doing but probably mostly sleeping. We would occasionally see her roaming around out in the yard and sometimes stalking a mouse, etc. On the day hubby (with me as assistant) finished the skirting and closed the last of 3 access doors, Tabitha was pitiful. For several days when she would go outside (they stay inside at night) she would run and walk around and around the house looking for a way in. I felt so sorry for her but knew she’d get used to it. Then for several weeks she spent most of her time inside. I guess that was decided somewhat on what the weather was like — it’s so changeable this time of year in Mississippi. At first, Hubby had something propped against one of the access doors that didn’t close very tightly, and she got in. He screwed that one shut. He has bought some door latches to put on them but hasn’t done it yet.

So, this morning he saw her hook a claw in another one of the doors on the other side of the mobile home, where the door was closed good, and pull on it until, after several tries, she was able to get her head between it and the side. As far as I know, she’s still under there. I’ll check on her later, but hubby says he’s sure she can get out. He said, “I guess I need to put the latches on the doors.” She is a persistent little one – I’ll say that for her. Bless her heart!

Love her so much!!

Tabitha in the CarTabitha

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Hello!!

I already have three followers! I’m excited!

I’m not tech savvy, which I’m sure will become obvious, but I want to learn, and I want to do this myself. So, it took me a long time to accomplish what I did the first day on this new site, and I was exhausted! 🙂

Tonight I want to think about some of the pages I’d like to have and pick at least one to add this evening. Possibilities will be:

City Yard (which will include demolition necessary for our move)

Moving to the Country (which will include clearing land and preparing our home site)

Cats & Dogs

Vegetable Gardening

Flower Gardening

Fowl Friends

Mosaics

Painting

Birdhouses

Crafts

Sewing

Cooking & Baking

Canning

I think I’ll start with adding the page for City Yard because it was pretty, and I’ll enjoy sharing the pictures. This will give you some ideas of what my yard in the country might be like or what I’m working toward.

I began this post in the evening of January 4, 2015, and am saving it at 1:06 a.m. January 5.