By Glenn Mollette
Merchants around the world depend on the Christmas season each year for 20 to 50 percent of their yearly sales. The travel industry from airlines to gasoline stations see a nice bump during the holidays. People are going to buy plane tickets and buy gasoline. Grocery stores do better during the holidays. People cook more for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year. The alcohol industry does well during holidays. Wine, beer and bourbon whiskey all do well normally, and more so during December.
Words can heal or words can kill. Words can build up or tear down. They can make people glad or make people mad. We like to be able to use words in America and use them freely. Freedom of speech is our first amendment right. However, we could all work on the tone of our speech. Tone can incite a riot or calm an angry mob. We all know how we like for people to talk to us and we need to utilize our tone preferences in our own communication with others.
In recent years I've watched good friends walk the valley of battling cancer. Somewhat slowly they went through the process of fighting for their lives. Finally, one day it was over and they died. I sat with one dear friend in his home months before he died and he asked, "Why me?" He was about 63 and had just started thinking about retirement and then his life was over.
President Donald Trump came through Evansville, Indiana, like a roaring locomotive last week. Aug. 30, to be exact. If he had landed on the platform wearing a Superman outfit and cape I would not have been surprised. To the approximate 15,000 cheering fans, he might as well have been Superman, aka, Super President.
Has America simply gone crazy? We never want to think that we are a bit crazy or that people we love are experiencing craziness, but it is reality. America has an overwhelming problem with craziness, or I should say mental health issues. Over a 12-month period, 27 percent of adults in the U.S. will experience some sort of mental health disorder, making the U.S. the country with the highest prevalence. Mental health disorders include mood disorders, anxiety disorders, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, and substance abuse.