.Your Letters, 4/17

Spoken Truth

Public speaking is a politician’s stock in trade. And President Joe Biden’s impressive words are fresh air in a long vacant house. That reminds me of when I was nine years old. My friend Bill H. and I were caught and punished for throwing rocks at the windows of a vacant house. I learned my lesson, and that’s the reason I refuse to cast aspersions on Biden.

During last week’s eclipse at a Houston high school where Congressperson Sheila Jackson was speaking, I think I learned something new. We didn’t have astronomy in my high school, and so I listened with interest as Jackson described our friend Mr. Moon by saying, “It’s that complete rounded circle which is made up mostly of gasses.” The congressperson continued, “The sun is a mighty powerful heat, but it’s almost impossible to go near the sun.” 

At first blush after learning this, I concluded that I simply don’t get out enough. But I checked with Punxsutawney Phil, and even he was less the wiser concerning such advancements in astronomy. 

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Politics and politicians tend to generate more emotional volatility, reactions and opinions than roadside weeds in spring. Now don’t think me ill-humored when I say lambasting Donald Trump is beginning to get stale, habitual and frankly ho-hum. There are political horses other than Trump making jackasses of themselves. And this election year is…well, let the experts explain.

Vice President Kamala Harris reminded everyone of the importance of the coming fall election when she said, ”This is the most election of our lifetime.” You betcha! And Kamala understands technology better than, say, the border, because as the VP explained, “AI is kind of a fancy thing. First of all, it’s two letters. It means ‘Artificial Intelligence.’” Wow! That’s three letters.

Leland Dennick



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