“Everyday People!”



Howdy, y’all!

It’s Tuesday and there is enough stuff going on to “turn some heads”!  We’ve got other NFL players following somewhat Colin Kaeperneck’s  (San Francisco 49er’s)

example of not standing up for the “National Anthem” and saluting the flag, but instead kneeling and covering their hearts … as some Miami Dolphin players did in Sunday’s loss to the Seattle Seahawks!  Of course, “critics” blame the loss of “the game” … not a life … but a GAME on the fact that the players did not stand and salute the flag!!!  How do people justify this stuff, and then say, not to salute the flag and stand is showing “disrepect for law enforcement and fire fighters” … not intelligent enough to see that this is their way of “keeping the conversation open … and going” regarding the sad state of affairs for race relations in this country.  Why do people want to read “their” sickness into others behavior and try to “limit” others behavior to what THEY think is right … not what the person her or himself thinks is right!!  Audacity?!!  Are people saying that these guys in the NFL have to “cut their ties” with the communities that they “reflect” or are “socially” a part of or with whom they identify?? … because they make “lots of money” and have fame?!?  Should they be grateful and just “shut up and act right”??!!

So these guys are standing up … or kneeling … or sitting down … for “everyday people” … and some of us “don’t get it” …. Awwww, “Darn people have minds of their own … we couldn’t program them right with all that money and fame they got!”  I can hear the critics complaining now how “those boys are so ungrateful”!

I am glad that some of you are reading the “stuff” I write … and some of you even “get it”!!  In fact, one reader, Marvin Pressman, with whom I used to work some years ago and had the pleasure of getting to know a bit more over the years though I haven’t seen him in a while … sent me a reply to my “If You Want Me To Stay!” piece about Sylvester Stewart of “Sly and the Family Stone’!  It was an update  …  Sly had an attorney who is looking into suing Sly’s former manager and attorney for “concocting legal materials” ripping Sly off for millions of dollars in royalties!!  Thanks, Marvin! http://thesource.com/2016/07/23/sly-stone-of-the-legendary-sly-and-the-family-stone-awarded-5-million-in-unpaid-royalties/  Here he was, pretty much “everyday people” … trusting his manager and attorney who decided they would rip him off!!  Audacity!! I hope he gets “what’s due” him, since I am sure he could use a “lift” at this point in his life.

I have to say that my current job as a debt settlement senior analyst … is pretty cool.  It is a lot of work, but … if the people can afford it, it’s a good way to get out of credit card, store card, personal loan … even “pay day” loan debt.  You’d be surprised the kind of people turning to those things with six figure incomes!!  I enjoy trying to help people with a good program with lawyers to “represent” the clients through out the program.  Right now, I am the only one taking calls (and closing deals) in Spanish.  Yet, today, a new training class started and there is a gentleman not quite my age I suspect who is from Colombia.  He stated, “Hey Man, your Spanish is pretty good … clear pronunciation with a good accent, too!”  I am glad that I can do it … I like to challenge myself in ways like that!

As I enter an opportunity to take an early retirement, I am thinking about doing something a bit different though I did it before when I was younger!  I have thought about traveling again … maybe to live … and teach or work and write … I don’t know.  Maybe even take better care of my health!!!  Costa Rica sounds fun for something like that … Not too far away … but far enough!!!  I’ve heard that Costa Rica doesn’t have an army, uses natural energy to power the country … and has some of the nicest shores and beaches and an ambiance that is therapeutic even!!

What’s the point?!?  Some people … everyday people … don’t have a voice that is heard or listened to … until it gets loud.  So maybe … just maybe … those athletes who have an international platform can bring much needed attention to an issue that often gets swept under the rug … and people don’t listen to them … ’cause they are “everyday people”!  Everyday people have everyday rights!!


John I. Cook, Director

1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. John Petroshus
    Sep 17, 2016 @ 12:33:03

    Wonderful commentary. I would like to add that I do not think many people have noticed is those who criticize the athletes for using the right of peaceful protest are also those who are against political correctness. Well I would argue that standing for the anthem or reciting the pledge of alligence is the ultimate form of political correctness and those people are hypocrites when they are angered by the acts of expression by a few who are brave enough to weather a storm. I for one chose to stand for our anthem but I will not recite a pledge any longer (which is kind of a cop out since I have not been in that situation since grade school but I now understand it is a form of indoctrination) and I have respect for those who chose to do what they want to express feelings of pride anger strength or whatever when it comes to this country. We have much work to do but this issue shows what the United States of America is all about. Once agin love the writings

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