Quotes of the week: ''If physical death is the price that I must pay to free my white brothers and sisters from a permanent death of the spirit, then nothing can be more redemptive.''
''One day we must come to see that peace is not merely a distant goal we seek, but that it is a means by which we arrive at that goal. We must pursue peaceful ends through peaceful means.'' Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. --
I have heard there is a clan member how stands on the corner of Farnham and Main in full KKK regalia: I'm seriously hoping this is a nasty rumor. If not, would someone please clue me in so I can write about it. Certainly, anyone has a right to publicly display their bigoted ways. I have no arguments with that. But just as certainly, we have a right to boycott his business, if he should be a business owner, and demonstrate along with him, presenting an opposite view. This is exactly what Galesburg doesn't need. This type of thing does more to damage a community than 100 Maytags leaving would. If you have any information on KKK activity in Galesburg, please let me know. I'll gladly get in their face. <firstname.lastname@example.org>--
After losing 100 plus years of experience the last election, the Knox County Board sure looks inexperienced: It seems mouths are working faster than brains. This could be due to a number of factors, none of them good. Here are a few tips from The Peever:
1. Go forward, not backward.
2. For new members (less than 2 years), listen more and talk less.
3. Just in case you forgot, it's 2003.
4. Never say out loud what would be best left unsaid.
5. Don't be ashamed to resign. The voters aren't always right. --
There are at least ten things you need to know if you plan on going into politics:
1. You need to be able to get through law school but be absolutely horrible as an attorney. This apparently qualifies you to become a politician.
2. You need to be able to smile while having a gallbladder attack after your third chili dinner on the campaign trail.
3. You have to be able to control your mouth so that when you use it, something somewhere near meaningful comes out of it.
4. If all you intend on doing is jabbering to hear yourself jab, stay home and ruin your family's life.
5. If you intend on doing the time, don't forget to end it in ten years.
6. Listen to advice from your constituents, than forget it. Listen to your heart, or whoever gives you the most money.
7. Remember how you got there, cause you'll eventually have to return.
8. You're not going to satisfy everyone. Chances are fairly good you won't satisfy anyone.
9. You need to wait your turn. Brand new office holders are meant to be seen, not heard.
10. If you can't speak, think, or win an election, don't fret. You still can become President. --
Are there any intellectual right-winged conservatives? I can't think of any. --
May your troubles be as short-lived as my New Year resolutions. --
W. George's vision for America: