1. I’ve started watching CBS news. I used to watch ABC, but our local affiliate could not shut up about the national election. It was weird.
So I clicked over onto CBS and discovered that our local affiliate talked about [get this] local news & weather & traffic. And that CBS This Morning with Charlie Rose, Gayle King & Norah O’Donnell is a delight. No sales pitches. No silliness. No crowds of onlookers. Just [get this] news & intelligent discussion & quiet humor.
In other words, my kind of people.
2. I decided to boycott a business because this small, local business put up way too many political signs in front of its store. While it is a right for any business to do this, it is also my right to stop frequenting an establishment because of it. There are consequences for extreme partisanship– and one is the loss of customers who believe that politics is a personal matter, not part of a business plan.
[In fairness, I cannot take credit for this idea. A friend pointed out to me that she had stopped going to her doctor because this doctor had become so blatantly political outside & inside her practice, that my friend walked away from the practice.]
There is a time & place for all things.
3. I have learned to drive more slowly and with much more awareness. Those darned lawn signs obscure who or what might be darting out from behind them. Small children & pets are drawn to those signs, and more than once I’ve hit the brakes while driving through suburbia because I’ve noticed suspicious movement around the signs.
I understand that to many people political signs are a right… a need… an important way to make a difference. So if you do put them out in front of your property, please consider putting them up close to your house instead of by the street. I know they’ll be less visible, but doing such might avert a horrible accident.
Just saying, no offense intended…