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Off the Editor’s Desk – 11-10-2014

We spent this past weekend in Hayward and attended church there Sunday morning. It’s hard to make light of anything that happened during congregational prayer, but Sunday was an exception. One fellow asked prayers for his mother who was in the hospital and another for the passing of a loved one. Another was for the loss of the family pet.

But the last was a lady who asked for prayers for a Hayward police officer. She related that he stopped her for speeding at 3 a.m., but did not issue her a ticket!

Now that the election is over, was it that the Republicans won or the Democrats lost? But watching all the national TV news the number one reason was the economy and that was the reason given by almost half of those responding to a poll. Some of the items talked about that need addressing are the tax codes, immigration, a balanced federal budget, government entitlement programs, social security, which will run out of money in twenty years and to fix or repeal the Affordable Health Care Act.

But the number one item that needs fixing is the national debt. We are approaching $18 (not million, not billion) but trillion dollars that needs to be repaid. That’s an obligation that we are passing to our children and grandchildren and we all must work together and sacrifice to get that paid off or at least paid down.

I have no idea what the interest on that $19 trillion is, but, it must be a lot of money annually and that money paid in interest could be returned into social programs, tax reductions, education or some other great project.

How long has it been since our country has had a goal? I remember President John F. Kennedy, in 1961, setting a goal for this nation to put a man on the moon in that decade.

I remember that goal and how it brought the country together. I watched for news on how it was developing. The challenges, the set backs and the triumph and then on July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong’s words, first, it was, “Houston, Tranquility Base here, The Eagle has landed,” and, then, later, as he stepped onto the surface of the moon, “one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”

Our country needs something for all of us to cheer on.

Thanks for reading! — Carlton