Here’s a question: Are there any rules to follow when a national anthem is played? Traditionally in the United States, if the flag is on display, out of respect and reverence you’re supposed to stand straight, face the flag, and cover your heart with your right hand. If you’re wearing a hat you should remove it and place it over your heart, and that goes for men and women. In Canada, out of respect and reverence, we stand straight and hatless as the Americans do but we don’t include the hand or hat over the heart. Here’s another question:
The RCMP sent out a fairly lengthy news release on the weekend explaining in detail why they called off the pursuit of a stolen three quarter ton, heavy duty flat deck truck. A truck that was the subject of an investigation by Maidstone RCMP earlier that morning. A truck that was involved in a fatal crash in the wee hours east of Lloydminster that claimed the life of three women and seriously injured a fourth. The first thing I thought when I read the news release was that the RCMP was coming under fire for discontinuing pursuit of the stolen vehicle.
In 1952……that’s right, I said 1952…..Billboard Magazine, which still publishes the Top 100 music charts today, which by the way, are based solely on radio airplay, declared, “Radio is dead. With the Lone Ranger and Jack Benny gone to TV, bye-bye radio”. Obviously, unlike the 1979 song, “Video Killed the Radio Star”, the medium did not die and remains very popular with 90% of Canadians listening to radio every month and nearly 2/3rds saying they still discover new music through listening to the radio.
Today we observe the Autumnal Equinox, the astronomical start of fall in the northern hemisphere. The word equinox comes from the Latin aequus, meaning equal and nox, meaning night. Today at 1:02 pm Saskatchewan time the sun crosses the celestial equator and summer has left the building. The days are getting shorter and the nights longer. We tend to refer to autumn as fall and I’m not sure why. I don’t think it’s because the leaves fall from the trees, or is it? There are many definitions of the word “fall” in my 1974 pocket edition of Miriam-Webster’s dictionary that I have in my desk.
Taxes are a fact of life. It’s getting to where the list of products or services we use that we don’t pay tax on is getting shorter all the time. There’s no tax involved for example when selling a pre-owned residential house, most medical and dental services, many educational services, most goods and services provided by charities, to name a few. And there are things that are theoretically taxable but the tax rate is zero such as basic groceries and prescription drugs.