You might have heard this, but those legislative giants in the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed a bill recently to guarantee back pay for all federal employees furloughed in the continuing government shutdown. As of press time, the Senate had yet to undertake voting on the same measure. How benevolent it was of the Republican-controlled House to approve what amounts to more paid vacation time for federal workers. Yes, the House members of the Grand Old Party really have their priorities straight. But we can’t and shouldn’t blame these workers; we’re certain they’re just as convulsed in laughter as we are over how pitifully injudicious their bosses are. Or, maybe not. When you consider the body of evidence inside the Beltway, perhaps being paid to not work is just business as usual. If that’s the prevailing model, there certainly is ample substantiation of achievement on that front.
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At the recent Carmel City Council meeting, there was considerable discussion about allowing horseback riding on the Monon Greenway. Hearing the argument for such an activity made us shudder in our Nikes. Seriously? (That was our first thought.) Horses in the midst of walkers, runners, dogs, babies in strollers, bicyclists? (That was our second thought.) And are riders of these horses going to keep “sanitary engineer” supplies with them? OK, enough from us. We really want to know what you think about it all. While the council is studying the possibility, we invite you to weigh in at firstname.lastname@example.org. Share your take, please.
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Overheard: “Government is taking liberties with our liberties.” What was omitted: “… What’s left of them.” The framers of the Constitution continue to auger just a bit deeper with each strike against what many believed – and some still believe – to be a sacred document.