Thoughts from the political realm. The Government of Saskatchewan now says it made a mistake and it has restored library funding. However, let us not all make the mistake of thinking that erases the vast majority of the issues coming out of the budget. I just want to note that it took 10 years for the province of Saskatchewan to get into such an indebted state and no, let us please, please not blame it all on the state of resource revenue.
It so easy to quarterback parent, you know, when you're not a parent. However, I look at how some, not all, Mom's and Dad's deal with kids today and am at times baffled at the now well-known phenomenon dubbed helicopter parenting. I am glad my parents gave me room to do my own thing. They were there when we had a band concert or a Christmas play and were my biggest cheerleaders. But the in-between time is when you learn to be your own person. Going to hockey practice or music lessons, or gymnastics class by yourself. You establish your own parameters for relationships, you learn social rules spoken and unspoken, from your peers.
Well, I have good news and bad news. Bad news first: Obviously Donald Trump was, as usual, playing fast and loose with the truth when he indicated that, as far as dealing with Canada, the North American Free Trade Agreement just needed a little “tweaking”. I don’t think he has tweaking in mind when he says, “What Canada has done to our dairy farm workers is a disgrace. It’s a disgrace”. Trump likes to talk in the most dramatic way possible. He’s expert at getting people to let emotions override facts.
Has our society gone overboard when it comes to political correctness? Attempts to be neutral and inoffensive to everyone cause some organizations and governments to go a bit loopy. Some schools now have a “holiday tree” rather than a Christmas tree. I heard a few of our schools changed Halloween to “Spirit Day” to be more inclusive. No costumes; just wear orange and black clothes for sameness and conformity. A school in Seattle renamed Easter eggs “spring spheres” to avoid causing offense to anyone who doesn’t celebrate Easter.
“At the end of the day, you’re missing out on life experiences if you’re constantly checking in with anybody that’s not in the room”. That’s a poignant quote from singer/songwriter Sheryl Crowe when talking about her latest album. That quote really resonated with me because it’s so true. When was the last time you were at a social gathering where you didn’t see a number of people glued to their smartphones? Those handy mobile electronic devices we carry around are both a blessing and a curse.