Along with all the re-packing you’re doing, you are having to also piece together all the tax information you can find so you can either begin or continue to hope to file your tax return so as to get that hefty tax return in time to beat the credit card companies’ additional fees for having that huge balance you ran up during those hectic Christmas shopping days. Don’t you just love January? I can hardly wait until next Christmas already so I can start the whole process all over again.
Some real house cleaning I’d rather do would be to get rid of some of our country’s leaders now and not have to wait until November to do that job. I was ready to get rid of some of them eight years ago, but nobody would listen to me as they were too busy banging their drum on the bandwagon. They couldn’t hear me for the din they were creating with their braying back then.
I mean, come on, they’ve all been campaigning for a year already, let’s have the election and be done with it. The various candidates have spent millions in advertising already. Enough money has been spent on these various campaigns that it would have made a heck of a dent in the national debt if we could have had the election already. Even when I get the glossy campaign literature in the mail, it usually goes right to the circular file and if it’s lucky, I’ll look at it on the way there.
I’m not an old grouch yet, but I’ve received phone calls for various candidates as late as 10 p.m. Now, I do stay up late, but I don’t make any election decisions after about noon each day and I certainly don’t need a phone call to remind me at 10 p.m., either. These callers are like the last hold-out trick-or-treating at Halloween. They just won’t give up until their pillow case is full to the brim. They can’t take the hint that no one else is still out trick-or-treating and maybe the Halloween show is over for the year, but not for them.
I’m all for freedom of speech, but there is a limit. We should ban all political campaigning until a FEW months before the primaries. There should be a nationwide primary with no reporting or forecasting of outcomes prior to the shut off time of voting on the west coast. The general election should be held a FEW months after the primaries and, once again, no forecasting or reporting of outcomes until the close of voting on the west coast.
All the forecasting and reporting of outcomes is like telling all of us on the west coast who won the Super Bowl before we even got to see the game. I think the present process makes voters shy away from voting, because they figure it’s all over but the shouting so why bother. Give the West Coast a break.
I forgot to tell you what else January is good for, since it’s too cold to go outside. It’s also a great month for out-and-out complaining and griping.
Happy new year!
Larry Wilson is a 50-year resident of Sparks and a retired elementary school teacher. You can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.