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Good Morning East Tennessee!

It's Monday (the beginning of a brand new week), and I'm working on my weekly resolutions. My calendar is full, but, in the midst of it all, I am going to making some personal and some time management changes.

My Internet time will be spent more on productive outlets and less on Facebook politics.

I tend to get wrapped up in some of the discussions. Lately it seems like people are disagreeing with each other just to have something to say. To a point, that is okay, but I'm more "solution oriented" so when I'm faced with an issue that concerns me I automatically look for creative solutions.

It doesn't seem to work. The Democrats are angry at the Republicans. The Republicans are angry at the Democrats, and they all seem to be pointing fingers while the Independents don't say much of anything. The same can be said about the young and the old, the male and the female, the rich and the poor or any other divided group of people. No one seems to want to step back and find a compromise or spend a second in the other side's shoes. The suggestion that there's a compromise or a middle ground falls on deaf ears. The suggestion that we could all be wrong is taken as an insult by everyone, and the fact that each side has valid points is briefly considered and skipped for the sake of "amateur Jerry Springer Politics."

It's wonderful to have a voice,but when no one is hearing you I don't understand the sense.

I decided from the start to keep my Facebook page strictly "real" friends and real family as a perfect way to stay in-touch, but somewhere along the line I got side tracked. It's time to do some weed eating and get back on track.

On a relative note, you all know what happened over the weekend. I don't want to get too heavy with this column, but I will say that I hope we've learned from the Arizona shootings and I hope we take something positive out of tragedy. I hope that we can somehow work together to decrease the senseless violence. I believe that's what Christina Green (9 year old victim) would want.

Have a great day!

Published January 10, 2011

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