Starting the Conversation – People who Steal Handicap Parking Spaces

By Marianne Reid Anderson

It really burns my buttons when I see someone take a handicap parking space who obviously isn’t handicapped. It is common knowledge that those spaces are near the front and slightly wider for people who physically need it. Ever notice that these weasels always have such smug looks on their faces while they swagger away from their car? As if they are so proud of getting away with something? [Read more…]

How Do You Know Whom to Trust?


We teach children never to trust a stranger but as adults we are put into so many situations where we must trust people that we barely know. We have to trust people with our homes, our cars, our children, our elderly, our health, our finances and so much more. [Read more…]

Starting the Conversation – Should Retail Stores Be Open for Thanksgiving?


By Marianne Reid Anderson

For decades, retail stores know that they need to be “out of the red” and “into the black” in other words, financially profitable, by the end of Thanksgiving weekend to survive another year. This fact gave rise to retailers offering tremendous discounts and sales the day after Thanksgiving which has become known as “Black Friday.” [Read more…]

Starting the Conversation Is the National Anthem Controversy a Conspiracy?


I tend to be the type of person who rolls my eyes at conspiracy theories. However, when this one was brought to my attention – I just couldn’t help but wonder: A few weeks ago, one of this country’s most privileged, Colin Kaepernick of the San Francisco 49ers was filmed sitting during the national anthem. When interviewed by the press after the game, he said he refused to stand as a protest. [Read more…]

Would Changes to the School Year Help Parents?

I often hear parents say that they believe the school day starts much too early. Many students catch the bus as early as 6:30 a.m. Some studies show that students have a hard time focusing so early in the morning. [Read more…]