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Carol Perkins: The Oceans are closed?

'I am feeling a little nostalgic right now and dream of a round cherry table with George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abe Lincoln, Ben Franklin, Henry Clay, Frederick Douglas, Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton sitting in eight captain's chairs with Daniel Webster mediating. They would map a plan to get America back to the beacon it once was and all this nonsense going on in our country would cease.' - CAROL PERKINS
The next earlier Carol Perkins column: Carol Perkins: On common decency toward wait staffs . Posted October, 13, 2013

By Carol Perkins
Personal Commentary

The Atlanta and Pacific Oceans, as well as the Gulf of Mexico, will be closed until further notice. Barriers will be placed along all coastlines and guarded so no one will have access to the beaches until the government reaches a compromise. In the meantime, you may view the oceans from a distance but will not be able to access any of them. They are shut down.


That is just about as ridiculous as what is happening right now in Washington. The very idea that veterans are barricaded from visiting "walk around" memorials that don't even have doors! If you have visited these you know there are no gates to go through, no turnstiles, and no ticket collectors. Therefore, HOW can they be shut down? Paying people to guard the shut down memorials cost as much, if not more, than paying someone to greet the visitors. Where is the logic?

Each year Guy has a business trip to Las Vegas and I tag along. This year is to be a special trip because he is meeting up with a Navy buddy that he hasn't seen in fifty years. They reunited through Facebook. A message popped up, "Are you the Guy Perkins who served with me in the Navy...." From there, they made plans for us to meet in Williams, AR, take a train ride to the Grand Canyon and spend a few days together. (He lives in Phoenix.) Having never seen the Grand Canyon except from a plane, I have been looking forward to this trip for months. If something doesn't happen soon, I won't see the Grand Canyon this trip for sure. How can a hole in the ground be closed?

Another bit of nonsense, in my opinion, is the attempt to change the Washington Redskins brand to something not so "offensive." According to a recent poll taken among Native American Indians, 98% of them found nothing offense, so what is the problem? (I heard this on the morning news) Oh, I know. Shades of the atheist activist Madalyn Murry O'Hair, who led the successfully infamous protest to remove prayer from schools. The silent majority often sits back and watches happen what they dislike the most and then complain about it happening.

Like most of you, I am tired of the games. I long for the days when we had trusted leaders in whose hands we felt secure. Even if we didn't care about their politics, we respected our leaders and assumed they were doing the best for us. I don't feel that secure anymore. As a matter of fact...

I am feeling a little nostalgic right now and dream of a round cherry table with George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abe Lincoln, Ben Franklin, Henry Clay, Frederick Douglas, Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton sitting in eight captain's chairs with Daniel Webster mediating. They would map a plan to get America back to the beacon it once was and all this nonsense going on in our country would cease.

In the meantime, the oceans are closed as are the minds of those who closed them. - CAROL PERKINS


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