JP Lloyd's blog

A Veterans Responsibility

I suppose I should first say I like many of my fellow veterans and many returning veterans now suffer as does our Senator McCain with the curse of PTSD.   Why is it a curse?   It’s sometimes difficult to maintain an even keel...sometimes life gets too difficult.   But while I am lucid let me say.   It is my fervent hope that citizens of North Carolina honour the Veterans and their contributions to our freedoms on Tuesday, November 4, 2008.   What does November 4th have to do with honouring our Veterans?   First, the obvious that our veterans, retirees, and active duty service men and women have met and are meeting their responsibilities as citizens of this state and country.   Second, this same group represents approximately 10% of the population of this state and as such have a duty to act responsibly and vote!   Third, each member of this group must recognize their responsibility to the group and ignore the racial, prejudicial, and ignorant remarks of some of our fellow citizens and vote for the candidate each of us feels in our heart will be best for our country.

The two most dangerous animals in Orange County are Deer and Cyclists!

  We reduce Deer Populations during the hunting season but there seems no solution for the Cyclist….there’s no declared season on bike riders.....we’re lost!   Just yesterday, I watched 50-100 cyclist riding north on US 15-501.   I thought I had stumbled on Tour De Orange, but I couldn’t help but wonder about the riders lack of common sense.   Now,... I’m not trying to be mean, but when these riders dash onto the roads with no protection from passing vehicles other than a pretty little helmet they must have a death wish!   Driving from bright sunshine into shady areas of country roads you can’t see while your eyes adjust to the shade!   If a driver encounters a deer, cow, or cyclist in such a condition, we just might drive into a dreadful accident or frighten ourselves into a heart attack!

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