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The death of common sense

July 22, 2012
Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Mr. Common Sense, aka C.S., who has been with us for many years. No one knows for sure how old he was, since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape. He apparently died of heart failure a while back over the shock of the way things are going on today. He lived by simple yet practical rules such as learning to live within your means, waiting to have the money before buying something, saving a little from each paycheck, respecting your elders and taking full responsibility for your decisions.

C.S. was a reliable old sage and was credited with the well-worn adages of knowing when to come in out of the rain, the early bird gets the worm and how to be thankful for what one has rather than complaining about not having enough. He became dismayed over the breakdown of those tried but true family units, sitting down for meals together with the family every evening, the kids having chores to do without getting paid for them and actual social conversation between parents and children. Reports of a 6-year old boy charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate, a boy being suspended for bringing his Roy Rogers cap gun and holster to school for show and tell day and detention for an 8th grader for gargling with mouthwash after lunch only worsened his already weakened condition. But when teachers were fired for trying maintain order in their classrooms by using a method called discipline, C.S. started going into cardiac arrest.

A veteran of the Industrial Revolution, the Great Depression and the Technological Industry, C.S. survived also the cultural fads of the Twist, Mashed Potato, Disco, The Beatles and American Bandstand. However the onslaught of body piercing, tattoos and Reality Shows really began taking its toll on him. The deadly virus called "if it feels good, do it" began putting him over the brink in the late '60's. His endurance and strength was no match for overbearing Federal regulations, State laws and overbearing tax codes but the removal of the Ten Commandments from schools, group prayer infringing on someone's rights, criminals receiving better treatment than their victims and being able to sue for better food in prisons were the beginning of the end for Common Sense.

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As the end neared, Common Sense drifted in and out of logic and was kept informed of local, state and federal developments and regulations but he breathed his last when he heard about a government plan to ban inhalers from 14 million asthmatics due to a trace of a pollutant that may be harmful to the environment. Services will be held at Whispering Pines cemetery. Common Sense was preceded in death by his wife of many years, Mrs. Discretion; one daughter, Miss Responsibility as well as one son, Reason. He is survived by two step-brothers, Half Wit and Nit Wit, and one crazy shirt-tail relative, Uncle Non-Sense.

Farewell, my good friend. May you rest in peace.

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