Callin’ ’em like you see ’em

Jedd has enjoyed identifying things for as long as he’s been talking.  I gather that it’s part of mental development to name things.  If you can name it, it’s yours, in a way.

Sometimes Jedd gets it wrong, because he doesn’t know yet that there’s a difference between a backhoe and a tractor, or between purple and lavender, or a church and an institution.  But Jedd calls things as he sees them.  I think I’ll do the same—with more insight and experience, but also acknowledging in advance that I don’t have complete understanding, either.  You might call this callin’ it as I see it, which seems appropriate as the baseball season is getting well underway and managers are starting to fight with umpires.

  1. A nondenominational church ideal is clouded by the disingenuous unwillingness to admit de facto denominational status.
  2. “High” churches that use icons and gobbledygook liturgy aren’t really that high.  It’s offensive to call their goings-on “real worship” in the presence of people who don’t agree with you.
  3. A college that hires more executives and fixes things cosmetically while cutting the real workers’ salaries is acting unwisely, if not unethically or immorally.
  4. False religion is more than irritating.  And using unworthy songs that use expressions like “arky, arky” and “keep me boardin’ for the Lord” in teaching children to “worship” is not much better.
  5. Devotional Bible reading must not pass for Bible study.
  6. Highway workers in New York (or at least Allegany County and the towns of Caneadea and Hume) need to learn how to fix potholes for real, rather than just dumping a little asphalt in the holes and stomping on it and patting it down, hoping it will stay there longer than a couple of weeks.
  7. Hybrid and alternative-fuel cars are nice ideas; it’s ironic that with $4/gallon gas, the lower-middle and poorer economic classes cannot afford alternative means of transportation.
  8. The opinions of people with vested interests (in a curriculum, in a church institution, in a business, in a government, etc.) ought to be discounted—or perhaps the people should be divested of their interests.  You know, like the tanning salon owners who are fighting the pending New York legislation to outlaw artificial tanning for citizens under 18—the owners think this is an “assault on their business.”  Give me a break.  We all need to see clearly, and when personal interests get in the way of common sense, the latter must win out.
  9. Legislating safety is a waste of time.
  10. “Health Care Reform” should have brought greater health care, or lesser cost—at least one of the two!

As a teenager, I wanted to be an umpire, and I still have the leaning. . . .

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