By Glenn Mollette
Social media is just like mom's apple pie: It's not good to eat a whole pie every day. Over three billion people are social media users worldwide. While social media helps keep the world connected, social media addiction is becoming a global problem that keeps growing. As of 2018, one third of the global population used social media. Internet and social media addictions continue to grow as our dependence on technology increases. Over 210 million people suffer from internet and social media addictions worldwide.
The fourth of July is here and all Americans hopefully will embrace the day without fear, total liberation and the American spirit. Nik and Lijana Wallenda on Sunday night, June 23—in crazy, outlandish, courage, extreme athleticism and faith— loudly proclaimed the American spirit: Pursuing life and overcoming fear.
This question is always relevant and politicians now in the heat of rhetoric war each believe they have the answer. Americans have wants and we have desperate needs. We don't always get what we want. A friend of mine used to say that people in hell want ice water. What we want, what we need and what we end up with in America are not always going to be the same. Americans do not want war with Iran. We don't want the Iranians bombing oil tankers and shooting down our $130 million drones either.
What can we as fathers do with our remaining years? We can't turn back the clock. Any and all missed opportunities cannot be reclaimed. Some fathers live with regrets while others know they did the best they could. I don't know of too many dads who deeply feel like they have been perfect. In our younger adult and middle age years we had a lot on our plates. We were trying to make it in our jobs and keep food in the house and a roof over our heads. Most of the time we were juggling long hours. Most of us tried to do the best we could.
May 30, 1868 was the first official Decoration Day. The day was declared by General John A. Logan and observed at Arlington National Cemetery. Volunteers that day decorated the graves of more than 20,000 Union and Confederate soldiers. Almost 500,000 military personnel died during the U.S. Civil War. During World War II, Decoration Day was expanded and renamed Memorial Day to honor all Americans who died in military service. The day became a national holiday in 1971. About 1.1 million service members have died in all the wars combined.
Hate showed its ugly face again recently at Congregation Chabad in Poway, California, a community about 22 miles north of San Diego. The suspect is a 19-year-old student at California State University San Marcus, wearing sunglasses, pointed his automatic rifle at Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein. "I couldn't see his eyes. I couldn't see his soul," said Goldstein. The man had just shot 60-year-old Lori Kaye, a close family friend of Goldstein, and proceeded to shoot at Rabbi Goldstein, shooting off one of the rabbi's index fingers.
In January, a Denver couple received a scam phone call from a man who told them he had kidnapped their daughter. The man was very convincing that their daughter was in his possession. In the background they heard a woman's voice begging for help. The call was convincing enough that they tried to wire money to the man. Fortunately the money didn't go through. Police soon showed up after the wife left a note with the bank teller explaining what was happening. The police determined it was a scam.
Is it possible to have a "new" news story? We now have a college admission's scandal. Breaking stories of wealth and influence traded for admission to some of the nation's most prestigious colleges are just now unfolding. Allegedly, wealthy people from Hollywood stars to corporate CEOs are being named for spending hundreds of thousands to millions of dollars to obtain a son's or daughter's admission to some of America's most prestigious universities.
Every day we face life. What is really important? Social Security? We pay into Social Security all of our working lives. When we reach our sixties we anticipate collecting the benefits promised to us. Some will collect income at 62 while others will not collect it until 66.2 or later. The full retirement age should be returned to 65. Millions of Americans will never collect a penny of Social Security. Imagine paying into Social Security most of your life but dying early and never collecting a cent. This happens to millions of Americans.
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.