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Up to speed, in ‘folksy’ Cazenovia

Community Columnist

Sure, if you could make a move to the basket while the other team was still defending the inbound pass, you could do well as a famous and wealthy player, but otherwise, speed kills.

A Bakersfield mother stabbed her newborn while high on meth, an Oklahoma woman drowned her baby in a washing machine, a New Mexico woman who was claiming to be God, stabbed her son with a screwdriver and a 23-year-old Fresno woman shot her two toddlers and a cousin, critically wounded her husband before turning the gun on herself.

“In word and deed, the president and his allies tell us that we just cannot handle ourselves in this complex, perilous world without their benevolent protection,” said Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels in giving the Republican response to President Obama’s address on Tuesday night. “Left to ourselves, we might pick the wrong health insurance, the wrong mortgage, the wrong school for our kids; why, unless they stop us, we might pick the wrong light bulb!”

While Daniels was obviously picking on the government’s flawed assumption that we don’t have enough common sense to govern ourselves, I believe that’s why we invented our government in the first place.

We do require common sense and we do govern ourselves. It’s called truth, justice and the American way.

Everybody knows the story of the tortoise and the hare.

They both just wanted carrots and had their own method of getting there. We cherish and celebrate that choice. However, without democracy, the barbarians are in charge and sure to be fouling the air with slaughtered rabbits and turtles.

I don’t mean to ruffle any feathers or agitate the status quo, it’s just that some things can be cooked up quick, like on a griddle, and some things take time, like a stew.

The morale could be slow but steady wins the race, but I’m looking for more equipoise, because, you know, when looking for the right idea, you don’t want to pick the wrong light bulb.

I don’t like to rush, but the shot clock is ticking down.

How about this? No matter what your speed, address, position on the court or political alliance, just allow good old common sense to be your carrot.

And whatever you do, do not follow me.

Willie Kiernan is a past editor of the Cazenovia Republican and a contributing columnist at Eagle Newspapers. He can be reached through the editor at editor@cazenoviarepublican.com.

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