Down the Road
Where will February Take Us?
by Deona Landes Houfffirstname.lastname@example.org
Between my sweet little house in
If the petition asked City Council or the Commonwealthâ€™s Attorney to do something about the sex shop, then I was definitely wrong. These officials have more important things on their plates. Iâ€™m OK if what I signed said this: â€œPlease, Mr. Rick Krial, donâ€™t open this business in
Regardless, Mr. Krial would not have been swayed. He owns several other adult stores in
As it turns out, After Hours hasnâ€™t been a bad neighbor. The sign is subdued, the windows are screened, and the small neon â€œOpenâ€ often lights a completely empty parking lot. If the media and Commonwealthâ€™s Attorney Ray Robertson hadnâ€™t made such a fuss over After Hours, most people wouldnâ€™t even know it was here, and it would over time die a slow, natural death. Profits are down in adult stores. Porn is free over the Internet. Sex toys are available for purchase over that same Internet. People donâ€™t have to go to
The hullabaloo is of course about sex, that great igniter of passions good and evil, that zesty distraction from real problems. Itâ€™s not hard to wave a sign at City Council about smut and such. More difficult is really doing something for the children who churchgoers like me claim to care about. Do we sign petitions about funding the food bank? Do we open our churches for free, much-needed after-school programs? No, we yelp about a porn shop that few people bother to patronize. Because itâ€™s about sex. And itâ€™s a lot more fun to talk about othersâ€™ sin â€“ or what we perceive to be their sin â€“ than to look at our own.
So this winter when the Commonwealthâ€™s silly obscenity cases against Rick Krial and his employee go to court, when the fancy Justice Department attorney and Larry Flyntâ€™s former attorney come to town, I will be annoyed and perhaps amused at the waste of time and energy, but I will not be invested in the outcome. After Hours has not affected my daily life. It does not directly endanger the local kids. In this case, I am a lot more interested in whatâ€™s down the political road than
Hillary Clinton would be a good president. God knows we need someone with her smarts, discipline and work ethic. Republicans who have worked with her â€“ Sen. Lindsey Graham of
For a few weeks in January, I fell in love with Barack Obama. We are choosing hope over fear. Weâ€™re choosing unity over division, and sending a powerful message that change is coming to America. I can still hear him saying that, happy and optimistic in
Obama is open to bipartisanship and will, bless his heart, bring a bunch of new, especially young, voters to the polls. If more young Americans had voted in 2000, perhaps no young Americans would have had to die in
I didnâ€™t stay in love with Obama long. Doubt crept in, and I thought of all those poor suckers who believed in George W. Bush, the compassionate conservative, the uniter not divider who was going to restore honor to the White House. I considered that perhaps President Obamaâ€™s reality would not match the candidateâ€™s rhetoric. Iâ€™m still open, though, still hoping he can pull off a victory and take the country forward. I like the road he wants to lead us down. Against a weak Republican, I even think he could win
Bipartisanship is very attractive. It almost convinces me I could support John McCain, despite his hawkishness. But then the Straight Talk Express will spew a great big lie, and Iâ€™ll remember that Republicans have been in charge for seven terrible years. More people voted against than for them in 2000 and still they got in, relying not on bringing the country together, but on tearing it apart enough to win. They did it again in 2004, using gay marriage amendments (remember, itâ€™s all about sex) to insure their victory. It makes me sick. Sick and tired.
We get the leaders we deserve. Hopefully weâ€™ll focus on the economy, the environment, national security, health care and illegal immigration â€“ problems that make a porn shop look like small potatoes â€“ and get the president we need.