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Kitchens: Doing what’s right

Posted: June 18, 2017 - 12:15am

As a high school teacher, I had many students consider it a challenge to, shall we say, "pull the wool over my eyes."

I told every class on the first day of school that there was nothing new under the sun, and that I'd seen anything and everything they might attempt, from stapling my Kleenex together to loading my eraser with chalk bullets.

Obviously, I'm dating myself.

However, despite these dire warnings, there was the student who desperately tried to stretch a 6-inch cloth, paperback book cover to protect a 12-inch long, 3-inch thick literature text.

It didn't pop off; it never made it on the first pull.

There was also the one who insisted that neither he, nor his family, could afford a computer, computer paper, ink, or anything remotely connected to the latest essay assignment.

I assured him that the situation was completely OK and fixable.

The school provided 30 stations at any given time, all hooked to printers, which students could use free of charge.

He stormed away in his Jordans and zoomed off in his Jag.

And, of course, there was the somewhat preoccupied young man who copied another pupil's homework, including her name at the top of his paper, leaving me no room for doubt as to who both parties involved were.

Meanwhile, while watching Fox News in the previously recorded footage, I saw former President Barack Obama adamantly insisting, barely a month before the 2016 election, that the Russians could not possibly have hacked into any of our systems and, what's more, candidate Trump needed to quit "whining."

Then, ironically, almost as soon as the results were in, and it was clear that Hillary Clinton had not won the presidency, suddenly it appeared every Democrat and his brother was now equally certain Putin and his lackeys rigged the outcome.

I guess they didn't like mean women and instead wanted a controllable "nut" in the White House.
By the time you read this, former FBI Director James Comey will have testified before Congress.

Every indication seems to confirm the point that President Trump never asked him to back off on the investigation into alleged Russian collusion.

He instead said for him to "go easy" on then-dismissed National Security Advisor Michael Flynn. All reasons point to the idea that Flynn had already been punished enough for any indiscretions.

Here's the thing. We're not supposed to be dealing with young, sometimes goofy, teenagers here, bemoaning the "fact" that the dog ate their homework.

These people are supposed to be grown-ups and stand for what's right, not waver whichever way the wind blows, or make mountains out of molehills.

They aren't supposed to rely on specious notes and veiled comments either.
Our government leaders' words should mean everything, and their actions should be solid and moral, not made in order to try to make themselves look great, while disparaging and attacking others.

So is the true and necessary work of our legislative body getting lost in the shuffle while much ado is made about nothing? As my daddy would have said, "Does a cat have a climbing gear?"

(To emphasize an affirmative response, he also often said, "Does a hobbyhorse have a wooden hoo-hoo?" But I may be digressing.)

And in the scheme of things, I'm thinking health care, the economy, the environment, illegal immigration, and last, but not least, some fool in North Korea, are more pressing problems.

Whatever happens in D.C. or Atlanta or in our perfectly imperfect world, I am comforted by the fact that no matter how we humans foul up the works, we aren't in charge anyway.

And He's obviously, and fortunately for us, full of wisdom, forgiveness, patience, mercy, and love.

As Bette Midler once sang, "God is watching us." And like an adolescent who's been caught in a lie or wrongdoing, the most we can do is hang our heads, apologize, and try to do better.

 

Mindy Kitchens is a newly married, retired English teacher, and long-time resident of Columbia County. Until she gets her e-mail changed, you can contact her at mindyjeffers@hotmail.com.

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