obituary

Rob Loach deloges at JUNO.COM
Wed Oct 4 20:27:19 MDT 2000


I don't know who wrote the following, but it's really good. With
elections right around the corner, we need to pray fervertly that people
would use good sense and not emotions as they cast their votes for people
and issues.

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Rob Loach in Greenville SC   deloges at juno.com
http://homestead.juno.com/deloges/cellph.html

Even the woodpecker owes his success to the fact that he uses his head.

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Today I am mourning the passing of an old friend by the name of Common
Sense.

Common Sense, a.k.a. C.S., lived a long life but died from heart failure
at the brink of the millennium. No one really knows how old he was since
his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape. He
selflessly devoted his life to service in schools, hospitals, homes,
factories and offices, helping folks get jobs done without fanfare and
foolishness.

For decades petty rules, silly laws, and frivolous lawsuits held no power
over C.S. He was credited with cultivating such valued lessons as knowing
when to come in out of the rain, the early bird gets the worm, and life
isn't always fair. C.S. lived by simple, sound financial policies (don't
spend more than you earn) and reliable parenting strategies (the adults
are in charge, not the kids).

A veteran of the Industrial Revolution, the Great Depression, and the
Technological Revolution C.S. survived cultural and educational trends
including feminism, body piercing, whole language, and "new math."

But his health declined when he became infected with the
"If-It-Helps-Only-One-Person-It's-Worth-It" virus. In recent decades his
waning strength proved no match for the ravages of overbearing federal
regulation. He watched in pain as good people became ruled by
self-seeking lawyers and enlightened auditors. His health rapidly
deteriorated when schools endlessly implemented zero tolerance policies,
reports of 6-year-old boys charged with sexual harassment for kissing a
classmate, a teen suspended for using mouthwash after lunch, and a
teacher fired for reprimanding an unruly student.

Finally, C.S. lost his will to live when the Ten Commandments became
contraband, churches became businesses, criminals received better
treatment than victims, and federal judges stuck their noses in
everything from Boy Scouts to sporting events.

As the end neared, C.S. drifted in and out of logic but was kept informed
of developments, regarding questionable regulations for asbestos, low
flow toilets, "smart" guns, and mandatory air bags. Finally when told
that the homeowners association restricted exterior furniture only to
that which enhanced property values, he breathed his last.

C.S. was preceded in death by his parents Truth and Trust, his wife
Discretion, his daughter Responsibility, and his son Reason.

He is survived by three stepbrothers, Rights, Tolerance, and Whiner. Not
many attended his funeral because so few realized he was gone.

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Perhaps the biggest problem with common sense is that it isn't.

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