Posts tagged " judges "

Say Little and Lead Much

March 21st, 2017 Posted by Thought Tools 20 comments

Leaders enjoy many benefits.  People seen as leaders get promoted and opportunities come their way.  Parents whose children respect them as leaders have more functional families.   But how do you begin the process of getting others to see you as a leader?

We have all seen leadership in action.  Perhaps one participant at a meeting emerges as the clear leader of the group.  Or people listen more attentively to one person than to another.  Groups coalesce around the one individual who is regarded as more authoritative than anyone else.

I’m sure you’ve seen parents who enjoy such excellent rapport with their children that obedience is almost automatic.  It is clear that the children view the parents as leaders.  Authentic leadership skills that are effective in a work environment are also effective in a family or social environment.  We just need to know what these skills are.



Wonderful Wives – Lesser Husbands

September 7th, 2016 Posted by Thought Tools 1 comment

Wildly unpopular as the observation may be, the overwhelming majority of people who get into serious trouble with the police share certain important demographic similarities.  These three characteristics are the only ones that matter: these people are male, they are not married, and few were raised in a stable home environment by a mother and father married to one another.



Primary Focus

August 3rd, 2010 Posted by Susan's Musings No Comment yet


My state’s primary ballot arrived in the mail last week. Some of my choices are easy, such as choosing among the fifteen – fifteen!- candidates running for the U.S. Senate. But some of the choices stump me, particularly one three way race for a local judge position.

Reading each candidate’s statement for this nonpartisan and very influential spot is a bit like attending open school night. Have you ever heard a teacher get up and say that she will only be catering to 30% of the class or that she isn’t actually competent to teach 5th grade math? Neither have I. So, it isn’t surprising that all three of the potential judges believe that the courts are foundations of our society and that it is important for all citizens to feel that they can get an impartial hearing. But like the classroom where too often high, publicly stated ideals don’t always carry over in the daylight, judges are not accountable to uphold their lofty stated sentiments.

In the past, when voting for judges I relied on the vetting done by a dear friend who was a retired State Supreme Court Justice. I trusted both his knowledge of the law and the legal system, and his evaluations of personalities. When he passed away, our family’s personal loss was great, but our civic responsibilities suffered as well. Since that time, we find ourselves continually trying to find someone with first-hand knowledge of the individuals asking for our vote.

I find the signs that all three judges have placed on our city’s main thoroughfare to be personally offensive. A yard sign on private property means that an individual homeowner is publicly offering support to a candidate. Signs on city property suggest a belief in stupid voters who equate name recognition with quality. It may be a correct assessment of the electorate; but it is a depressing one nonetheless.

So, my ballot is sitting here, filled out other than for one blank space. Like most productive citizens, I have limited time to devote to a detective hunt tracking down information. I will keep the ballot unsealed for a bit longer hoping that some clues will turn up, but particularly in a state where not long ago voter fraud actually decided an important election, the judiciary is too important to be discounted.

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