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James: Gettin’ all wound up

I just finished a great Zane Grey book, Riders of the Purple Sage, and am halfway through another titled Tonto Basin. They’re both great stories, and the main characters’ lives are influenced and directly affected by those in power.

There’s a great Lynyrd Skynyrd song titled “Things going on.” It asks, “Have you ever lived down in the ghetto? Have you ever felt that cold wind blow? If you don’t know what I mean you better stand up and scream, ’cause there’s some things going on that you don’t know.”

It was written 44 years ago. There are still things going on that we don’t know.

Christmas is here, the heart of the “Holiday Season.” Lot’s of food and family and warmth. Just not for everyone. There are children in our country who go to bed hungry on a regular basis, who sleep in the cold when it’s cold.

These children know more about life than any of our politicians with their one-liners and well-paid speechwriters.

I’m not liberal or conservative, Republican or Democrat. I’m just a man who’s sick and tired of all the political nonsense. When I see and talk to you guys and gals, it seems that you are, too.

What are we gonna do?

We the people don’t have to subserviently ask our government for anything. We can roar like a grizzly and demand it. We pay their bills. Before Washington spends a penny anywhere else, every child in our country should have a full belly and a warm place to live. On a regular basis.

Well. Got kinda wound up, didn’t I?

Must be time to get horseback.

Keep the sun on whichever side of you sticks out the most ...

Tom James was riding horses before he could walk. He currently hangs his hat in Ignacio. Reach him at outlivedthemallsofar@gmail.com.

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