Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Reflections

September 13, 2015
On this, the beginning of the Holiday Season, which runs from Rosh Hashanah, through Yom Kippur, to Thanksgiving, and through Christmas and New Year; we should all reflect on what has been handed down to us over the centuries and how we are the keepers of the flame. We, as a people, have come so far, and yet, have so far still to go. We should all try to be good and respectful to one another. It doesn't matter what religion that you follow... it doesn't matter if you follow no religion at all. What matters is that we all should respect each other, and be accepting of everyone's beliefs. I say accepting, not tolerating, because accepting means that we realize that we all have differences and respect that. Tolerating means that you are putting up with the differences..
Being kind to everyone that you meet does not require much of an effort. Being kind just means that you are nice to each other. I try to live my life to this way of thinking. Do I always succeed? Probably not.. I have my moments! Does it mean that I don't always strive to be this way? No! I try to be a good person in everything that I do. No one could ask for more.
Goodnight. I wish you all Peace, Love, and Tranquility

John Zaffino, Kent Lakes New York
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Diversity

   September 14, 2015 
 Good Evening, my friends. I don't have anything special to say tonight, only that I wish everyone peace, love, and tranquility during this beautiful holiday season. There is so much turmoil and hatred in the world: ISIS and it's hatred of everything. They kill, maim, and grind anyone under their heels of hatred. The regime in Syria who gasses and bombs it's own people, and of course, any government that thinks its a good idea to wage war on others because they do not subscribe to their way of thinking.
We are all individuals... we all have our own thoughts on the way to being a right thinking people. Where we go wrong is when we try to force everyone to think as we do. Not everyone is a a Muslim. Not everyone is a Jew. Not everyone is a Christian.. or a Wiccan.. or a Spiritualist, or an agnostic, or an atheist. It doesn't matter what religion or lack of religion you are, as long as you respect and acknowledge everyone's right to worship, or not to worship, as they wish. This was what the founders of the United States wanted. This is what any right thinking person should feel.
If I have offended anyone, well, then I guess that you needed to be offended. We are a diverse species who find different ways to relate to our existence. Everyone needs to find a way to anchor themselves, and to explain their existence. We, as an intelligent species, must find a way to stop the fighting, and to accept everyone's thoughts on why we exist. We must stop killing each other. We must stop finding reasons to hate. Instead, we must find common ground to love each other.

 I wish you all, Peace, Love, and Tranquility
John Zaffino Kent Lakes, New York

Monday, September 7, 2015

My Back Pages: Labor Day Thoughts, 2015

My Back Pages: Labor Day Thoughts, 2015: Another Labor Day has passed, and it seems that each year the voice of workers in this country gets weaker. Corporations continue to look ...

Labor Day Thoughts, 2015

Another Labor Day has passed, and it seems that each year the voice of workers in this country gets weaker. Corporations continue to look for ways to increase the workload, while cutting workers at every turn, despite record profits, despite increasing corporate officer salaries to dizzying levels. These faceless multinational monolithic corporations continue to ship American jobs overseas to countries where they can pay workers pennies a day. They look to cut hard-won benefits to the workers that they retain at every turn. The modern day robber barons like the Koch brothers have the ear of sympathetic politicians and work to get bills through congress that would enable corporations to give off time, instead of overtime pay. They work to eliminate FMLA and anything that would benefit the workers.
Make no mistake about it, where for a brief and shining moment, America was the beacon for the world on how workers had succeeded in making it possible to live a comfortable life, there are now families that struggle to make ends meet. We have fallen from being an example of how things should be, to how the ruthless can manipulate things to their advantage. From the governors of certain states who refuse to honor labor contracts and thumb their noses at unions, to the CEO's who make their reputation on how they can mistreat their workers and make millions doing it. General Electric, Verizon, AT&T are just a few. This disease which is killing off the American Working Class is widespread. The only hope is that, like all things, the pendulum will swing the other way. When Romney told American Unions that their services were no longer necessary, it showed exactly what the corporate elites wish them to be. Well, Mr. Romney, you are exactly wrong. Someone has to step forward to champion the American worker again.
These are my thoughts on the status of the American Working Families today. I have been with the American Worker my whole life, and I will be with them to my end. I wish you all love, peace, and prosperity.
John Zaffino, Kent Lakes New York
September 7, 2015 Labor Day

Saturday, September 5, 2015

My Back Pages: Wake Up World Leaders!

My Back Pages: Wake Up World Leaders!: I am sitting here tonight, stunned and saddened by the slaughter and neglect of such a large segment of society. We have the refugees i...

Wake Up World Leaders!

I am sitting here tonight, stunned and saddened by the slaughter and neglect of such a large segment of society. We have the refugees in Darfur, Sudan: 300,000 slaughtered, and 2.3 million displaced. This has been going on for years now. The souls of those lost cry out to the world, but seem to fall on deaf ears. Now, we have all of the refugees from the horrors of the ISIS wars in Syria and Iraq. They are fleeing death and mutilation from a group that vows world domination. So many have died just trying to get away. Those who make it are subject to being interred in refugee camps. So many have drowned, or died from other causes, in their desperate bid to find freedom from the horrors of these wars. Men, Women, Children... the very old, the very young, all desperately seeking a way out, a way to survive. In Hungary, they are put in camps by the government. If they choose to leave, they face a long walk to Austria so that they can get to Germany, which has promised them asylum. The Hungarian government has forbidden taxis and other modes of transportation from giving them assistance. The citizens Hungary have started to line the roads to give these poor people water and other things to make their journey easier. This shows that there is good in the common citizens. At last report, the Hungarian government has sent busses to take the refugees to the border, but the refugees are afraid to get on the busses, fearing that they will be sent back to the camps.
What can be done to help in both of these disasters? The United Nations member nations must step up to give humanitarian aid, for a start. To turn their backs and do nothing is unconscionable. ISIS must be defeated. The slaughter cannot be allowed to continue. The Sudanese government and those who continue to oppress these refugees in Darfur must be held to account. The last time that there was such disaster, the Nazi's were sending people to die in gas chambers.
Now, I know that there are many people who will say that this is not our problem. I will have many who say that the US does enough. Maybe we do, when we act alone. This is not just a European Problem.. this is not just an African problem. Like it or not, we are a global community that has been shrunken by the very technology that gives us access to so many good things.
We need to stop thinking about this as if it does not affect us. Like it or not, it does. If nothing else, we are all of the human race and, therefore, all connected.
If you don't agree with me... that's fine. This is just one man's opinion. If you feel that you must dispute what I said, that is fine as well, just don't be hateful or racist about it.
As always, I wish you Peace, Love, and Tranquility. Goodnight.