By WILLIAM J. KELLY
The big game was not much of a game unless you were a Seattle fan of course. Many people watch the commercials more than they do the game. The Coca-Cola commercial has upset a lot of people who believe our national language should be English, and the fact that “America the Beautiful” was sung in many languages.
I believe that! It is considered by many to be our second national anthem and should be sung only in English. They are upset because they feel Coca Cola did that just to sell Coke to those folks of other languages.
Speaking and understanding English should be part of citizenship requirements for immigrants instead of catering to immigrants by printing bulletins, instruction books, speeches and government programs in many languages. To enter fully into our culture and the American way of life, to understand our freedoms and our capitalist way of doing business, it is mandatory that all immigrants learn the English language if they are to be successful in our country.
Are the citizens who have objected to this type of thing correct, or are Coca Cola and other companies who do likewise correct? What do you think?
On Jan. 24, my church celebrated the life of St. Francis de Sales, the patron saint of writers. It is interesting that this saint, who died in the year 1622, wrote out his sermons and slipped them under the doors of all people to read. He is said to have converted 40,000 people to the faith. Who says junk mail isn’t effective? What do you think?
We will soon be picking the candidates of our choice to represent we the people in the different levels of government. It is quite obvious that we have not been doing a very good job of selecting good candidates.
For example, we have state governments approving and making addictive drugs legal, others are refusing to approve proper voter identification laws, and local politicians all over the country are imposing regulations, which affect our freedoms negatively. The federals are violating our constitution almost daily. It is important that all citizens take more interest in government activities and really try to learn more about the views of candidates running for office whether local, state or national. What do you think?
President George Washington
Our first president was really a great man. Everyone should read about his life and his many accomplishments. He could have been a king or a dictator, but instead he set, by example, the limit of two terms for the highest office in our land. I suggest that everyone read President Washington’s farewell address and you would believe that he is addressing our present federal government officials instead of the officials of the new United States government of his day. Read it and see. What do you think?
Steve Campbell in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram quotes a report by the Phoenix Global Wealth Monitor that 4.89 percent of Texas households have liquid assets of $1 million or more dollars. Wow! I wish I were one of them. I’m sure you all do. That’s a much higher statistic than I would have expected. What do you think?
• The year was 1973, and newspaperman Harold Pullman Coffin originated National Nothing Day. It was to be celebrated on Jan. 16, each year. The idea was to have a day every year in which everyone would do absolutely nothing. I don’t know Mr. Coffin, but I like him for sure. What a great idea, just sitting around for a day doing nothing at all. I could not find out much about Nothing Day. I guess nothing happened that day. Was that a good idea or not? What do you think?
• If you still have your 1947 calendar, you do not need a 2014 calendar. All the dates in 2014 are on the same day as in 1947.
• St. John Bosco gave this advice to teachers, “there must be no hostility in our minds, no contempt in our eyes, no insult on our lips.” I think that is good advice for us all. What do you think?
I want to thank all the readers of my articles who sent me cards and called me about them. Your kind, positive remarks are greatly appreciated. I’ll do my best to continue to please you in 2014.