WORLD Famous Grand Ole Opry–Story To Make For The Smile Of The Week

I love the chance to again write about one of my loves, the Grand Old Opry.

This week I needed to address a most incorrect medical bill which was going to cost me over 400.00.  At the heart of the matter was a coding issue which needed to be changed.  When dialing I wondered where in the world I would land for assistance.

When an operator answered I heard a pleasant voiced woman who turned out to be as chatty as I often am when talking.  She was in the Philippines and reported the weather to be very hot, while wishing for the cool spring type weather I spoke of out my windows.  Soon the billing matter was on its way to being resolved.

In the course of the conversation she asked for my email address and upon hearing it wanted it repeated for accuracy.  She then asked what it meant, and I told her it was to honor the Grand Ole Opry, our nation’s longest running radio show from Nashville, Tennessee.

Without missing a beat she said, “Oh, yes, it is on every Saturday night.  We listen to it on satellite radio”.  I grinned and said she had made my day.

As a young boy I often wondered how the radio waves worked, allowing those signals to be picked up by my radio in central Wisconsin.   This week I must admit it warmed my heart to know one of the longest traditions, which is truly a slice of Americana, was so instantly recognized in another nation half-way around the world.

The woman was kind, funny, most helpful, and part of the ‘large family’ which has joined around radios for 94 years to hear a fiddle, a country song, and humor you could tell your grandmother.  If you needed something to smile about this week–this is, indeed, your story.  It sure was mine!

Donald Trump Disconnected From Reality, Truth, His Own White House

I want to write a few lines to underscore how Trump claims victories for his own unpopular actions. That sentence may seem to be worded oddly–but it is perfectly stated.

We know this week Trump declared that he had decided to save the Special Olympics–after his own budget proposed slashing the program.  Then last night at a campaign rally Trump announced that he’s going to make sure the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative is fully funded.   BUT GET THIS FACT–Trump’s budget earlier this month proposed slashing that program, which funds the cleanup of the Great Lakes, by 90 percent – from $300 million to $30 million.

“We have some breaking news! You ready? Can you handle it? I don’t think you can handle it,” he said, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “I support the Great Lakes. Always have! They are beautiful. They are big, very deep, record deepness, right? And I am going to get, in honor of my friends, full funding of $300 million for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, which you have been trying to get for over 30 years. So we will get it done.”

But again let us deal in FACTS–during his first year in office, Trump called for eliminating the program entirely. Last year and this year, he asked Congress to cut it by 90 percent.  Needless to say–and as a Midwesterner I fully know the following–Republicans and Democrats joined arms and fully funded it over White House objections.

Trump has no ability to tell the truth, and is not even aware, seemingly, what happens in his own Administration.

Brexit Failure Continues

Brexit was slated to be a failure from the outset.  Xenophobia, and the belief in a lost, past greatness placed Brtiain in an economic downward spiral when it was passed in a national vote.. The news today is more of the same for a nation that has lost its way.
British Prime Minister Theresa May suffered her third major Brexit defeat after the House of Commons voted down the main part of a deal setting out the terms of the U.K.’s divorce with the E.U.
The 344-286 vote was laden with symbolism, falling on the day the U.K. was originally meant to leave the political and economic bloc.
Britain is now due to leave the E.U. on April 12, although that could morph into a lengthy delay, raising the possibility of a general election, a second referendum or even no Brexit at all.
This blog was fore-square against Brexit from the outset. Aside from the economic pitfalls concerns about the inability of the Brits to fully uphold their commitments under the 1998 Good Friday peace agreement has been a gnawing concern.   I well recall the The Troubles.  Too many did not, or more to the point never saw the relationship between a vote based on bigoted angst and the needs of a major treaty.
Too many British  voters did not know what Brexit meant when they cast a ballot for it. They do now—but it seems late to come to that realization.