Tom Cantlon is a local columnists for The Daily Courier in Prescott, Arizona.
My traditional holiday message. The holidays are a time that pull us many ways. They draw us into the spiritual meaning of the season at the same time they turn us into super-consumers. We buy “stuff” for others and we get more “stuff” from others. The giving and receiving is good, but all that stuff eats up a lot of time, so it’s good to think about how important time is.
Here’s a Thanksgiving thought for, and about, Prescott. It is both melancholy and thankful. It’s about all of the good things of living anywhere in this area. About some things disappearing, and some new, and gratefulness for the time had with those things that are going.
One of the reasons unions arose a century ago was because working people were being conned with piecework. Unions didn’t just battle for decent pay, for time-and-a-half for overtime and for safe workplaces, they also had to battle the scourge of piecework.
Tom Steele had a letter in the paper last week about how much of what we see and read is not true and how we have to be carefully “paying attention” or our emotions will cause our “basic held beliefs to override the cognitive process.”
The city has really dropped the ball on communicating. There’s a big decision they simply overlooked, and they headed off in a given direction without asking the public. There might be a good reason, but they haven’t really explained it.
In the endless debate about whether Democratic candidates should go boldly progressive or stick to middle ground, there’s another dimension that’s missing.