A favorite time of year has arrived for many. It’s a time for family, cheerful spirits and, well, thanksgiving. I suspect I’m like many of you who find yourself a little bit more patient with your fellow man this time of year, and, considering the events of recent weeks, the arrival of the holiday season couldn’t be more welcomed.
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I think with any family, there will always be a difference in taste when it comes to food. It is impossible to please everyone at times, and it only gets worse when you get the entire extended family together for Thanksgiving.
It has been surreal to watch as France tries to cope with the horrific terrorist attack that happened in Paris earlier this month. I imagine that what we’re experiencing is similar to the feelings the rest of the world had as they watched the aftermath of Sept. 11, 2001, looking on with feelings of disbelief and fear.
Recent attacks in Tunis, Beirut, Sinai, Paris and cities in Nigeria and Mali, have headlined extreme elements of Islam and of their opponents who genuflect at the altar of political expediency.
The Thanksgiving holiday is upon us. A time when we feast on turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce and many other side dishes. I love this time of year. When you study the rich history of Thanksgiving you find that the first Thanksgiving was a three-day festival. I guess a few of us still celebrate like that. The pilgrims and American Indians ate together that first Thanksgiving of 1621 to celebrate their survival, and to thank their new found Wampanoag Indian friends for helping them learn to survive. George Washington later recognized that states were celebrating a time of thanksgiving which usually happened sometime in autumn, but different celebrated it at different times. Abraham Lincoln was the first president to make it an official national holiday. He did so after the Civil War to try and unite the states in some small way.
The American people are rightfully afraid of what they see happening each night on their televisions. Paris is in a state of chaos in the wake of an ISIS-led attack that left hundreds dead and injured. The stakes are high, and the world is looking for American leadership.
Paris is known for its cafes, fabulous museums, and historic monuments. A trip to France’s capital is generally thought to be a romantic and sought after experience. On Friday, Nov. 13, however, the European city became a graveyard for over 100 innocent people. Three restaurants, a concert hall, a movie theater, and a football stadium were all strategically attacked by ISIS soldiers. I happened to be visiting Paris that weekend, and I never could have imagined the bloodshed that would occur just a short distance from my friend’s apartment.
Interim charges are the issues that the Speaker asks committees to study during the time between regular legislative sessions in order to make recommendations for legislation for the following legislative session. This week I will discuss the interim charges recently issued to the House Committee on Appropriations. The Appropriations Committee is the largest committee in the House with 27 members, and is charged with preparing the state’s biennial budget. The charges are good indicators of what issues the committee will consider when crafting the budget next session. The committee has 19 charges.
I am the pickiest eater you will ever meet.
Spiders of any size, creed, color or web preference are my kryptonite. Just the sight of one turns me into the sissified girlie-girl that I’ve never, ever been nor wanted to be. It’s downright embarrassing!