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Column: Trying to Understand War, Congress and Brussels Sprouts

I understand many things. For instance, I understand basic principles of mathematics, like 2 plus 2 equals four and four plus four equals eight.

However any math equation involving letters and numbers is beyond me. Find the value of X? That’s OK, I don’t really need to know.

I understand basic physics, like a body in motion remains in motion and a body at rest remains at rest. E equals MC squared? Not so much.

There are plenty of things I don’t understand. For instance, how can 535 people, 435 in the House of Representatives and 100 in the Senate, fail to come up with a workable, long-term budget agreement? Isn’t that their job, to keep the government running, even though it often clunks along like a Model T with only three wheels.

I don’t understand how, whenever the nation reaches the brink of a government shutdown, the salaries of said 535 Congress-folk are never in question. They know they are going to get paid, so what do they care if other government workers don’t? Perhaps if members of the House and Senate suddenly lost their paychecks whenever the government was shut down because of their politically motivated bull- , it would never happen.

I don’t understand how anybody can be cruel to an animal. Being cruel to another person is bad enough, but at least most people can stand up for themselves. But animals can’t. They depend on us for food, shelter and love.

I don’t understand how people can just abandon dogs and cats, taking them out in the country and dumping them or simply turning them out in town. If you don’t want them any more, or if you can’t afford them, call the Enid SPCA or the Enid Animal Shelter.

Of course some people can’t stand up for themselves, like children and the vulnerable elderly. They depend on other people to take care of them. I don’t understand how some people can physically, emotionally or sexually abuse a child or a vulnerable elder.

I don’t understand how a man can abuse a woman he claims to care about, or vice versa. If you don’t love this person anymore and all you do is want to punch them, walk away. If you want to beat somebody up, get a punching bag, or, better yet, pick a fight with some large, mean person who will whip your backside.

I don’t understand how a person can take his or her own life. We have just come through National Suicide Prevention Month, but there still are an average of 132 suicides daily in the U.S. Admittedly I’ve never been to the point of considering suicide, but there must be another way. Talk to somebody, anybody, a friend, family member or counselor, if possible. Call the national Suicide and Crisis Lifeline by dialing 988. Life really stinks sometimes, but suicide is an abyss from which you can never return. Step back from the edge and take stock of all the people who care about you.

I don’t understand all the ads on TV for prescription medications. When I go to my doctor and need medicine to cure some ailment I don’t put in a plug for good old Curesitall that I just saw advertised on my favorite daytime show. I just take what they give me, figuring they are the doctors and they know what’s best.

I don’t understand why everybody’s gone so crazy over the relationship between Taylor Swift and Kansas City Chiefs tight end Jason Kelce. I mean, who cares if they are dating. I am happy for them, just so long as Kelce keeps catching TD passes for the Chiefs. The whole thing smacks of a publicity stunt, though Lord knows Taylor doesn’t need any more publicity, nor does Kelce, for that matter.

I don’t understand why people are so upset about the money the U.S. is sending to Ukraine. The Ukrainians didn’t start this fight, Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin did. This is a proxy war with Russia, one being fought without spilling American blood. Pull the plug on the funding and let Putin win, and suddenly we’ll be faced with having to come to the aid of a fellow NATO nation old bad Vlad has in his sights. Then it will be a proxy war no longer.

The Ukrainians are fighting for democracy. How can we not be willing to help them? Stop sending funds to Ukraine and your tax bill or the federal deficit aren’t suddenly going to plunge. Our friends in Congress will simply find some other way to spend it.

Speaking of Congress, I don’t understand why they haven’t made solving the nation’s immigration crisis a top priority.

They have the power to do something about it, but all they do is point fingers and play politics. Meanwhile people, real people with real kids and real life stories, are literally dying to get into this country.

Finally, I don’t understand Brussels sprouts. Specifically I don’t understand how anybody could eat them.

But that’s just me.

Source: Enid News