John Andersen: Considering autumn's approach

Well it’s the middle of September already, so let’s see where we stand mid-month.

In Lake Hallie, the Eagles Block Party and Food Tasting event went off really well. People turned out, and the weather cooperated. The event was in its first year, and the block party at the Eagles and Harley-Davidson continues to be well-attended. Hopefully next year will be an even bigger event.

Two events involving police officers have been in the news. The first was Nurse Alex Wubbels of Salt Lake City politely refusing to allow Detective Jeff Payne to draw blood from a patient because he did not have a warrant, the patient was not under arrest and Payne was not following a procedure agreed to by the police and the hospital. Wubbles was arrested for her trouble, and now Payne is suspended and will probably lose his job.

The second event was an incident in which Cobb County Georgia police Lt. Greg Abbott told a woman he had stopped on what appeared to be traffic issue that ““But you’re not black. Remember? We only kill black people. Yeah. We only kill black people, right?” Lt. Abbot was probably going to get fired, but CNN reported that Cobb County Public Safety Director Samuel Heaton said the department had received an e-mail from Abbott requesting immediate retirement. “He was eligible for that. Once he retires he is no longer employed so no disciplinary action can take place. Heaton told CNN.”

I support police officers, yet in both cases the officers involved thought they might have been doing the right thing but went about it in a horrible manner. Training is the key to these issues. Both officers were not new to the job but both obviously slept through the continuing education classes they attended.

During the past couple weeks, I have had contact with a gentleman who is in need of help from society. He needs intervention from County Social Services and from the US Veterans Affairs Department. He has both medical and social needs. Since I first met him, I have noticed a decline in both his physical and mental health. We as a society simply don’t have the facilities or laws to help him. This is unfortunate, but it is true.

School is back in session as well all know. Please be careful and watchful of kids walking to school and the yellow school buses on their routes. One thing is happening that I am amused about. It appears that many schools are having a difficult time hiring and keeping teachers.

This has led to several retired teacher friends of mine returning to work. It appears teachers are suddenly in demand. I have a friend who is a physics/math/chemistry teacher who is still teaching at 70. He has had more than one offer to teach at a different school.

I hope my teacher friends are using “all the tools of ACT 10” to name their own salaries and get some benefits out of school boards that under the old system they could not receive. The Cornell court case, which appeared in last week’s Herald, stems from ACT 10. Perhaps what goes around will come around. People forget that school boards also benefited under the old collective bargaining system.

The seasons march on, so it will come as no surprise to anyone that autumn starts next week at 3:02 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 22. There are two equinoxes every year — in September and March. They happen when the sun shines directly on the equator and the length of day and night is nearly equal.

For those of us who enjoy sky watching, the full moons of September and October are truly fun. This year, September’s full moon was called the “corn” or “barley” moon because that is when those crops are harvested. The October full moon is this year’s “harvest moon” when the fall harvest should be well underway.

There is a lot of fun events coming up over the next few weeks take time to enjoy them.

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Craig Ballantyne

I love anything to do with Harley Davidson and have two beautiful children and a beautiful partner. In my spare time i like building websites and love anything to do with the internet.

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