Friday, March 16, 2007

Springtime Snowy Night Notes

As you can see it has been quite a day here at the old home place.

It continues.

Spring storms are always the biggest but they also melt rapidly. I hope. Rather than sitting around and plowing or shoveling it is easier to sit here and share a few thoughts and mention some things that I think will be of interest on the upcoming programs---and perhaps a few other things.

This Sunday I hope you tune in to the TABLETALK program (as well as all the others). My chat with Rabbi Jonathan Kligler and our conversation about Reconstructionism will, I believe, be of great interest. Toward the end you will also get a bit of a musical treat.

I also hope that you will tune in later for SUNDAY SIMCHA where you will find some very moving pieces---and a great archival Comedy Corner which will feature the likes of Jack E Leonard, Jackie Vernon, and Don Rickles from a rare Friar's Roast. And it was said it could not be done on the air---check it out.

Let me also urge you to tune in and support (all the shows) TRADITIONS.

Ron Olesko has a wonderful interview with an artist that really should not be missed. If you like good music and great commitment then a chat with
Iian Campbell Smith is something you do not want to miss. Yes---that is how it is spelled.

On some other thoughts now. Good time to tune out unless you want to make a comment and either agree or disagree.

There is so much volunteerism in this world. We volunteer for many things---be it radio (in my case) , heading a library (in my case), or being an "auxiliary policeman" .

Honesty first. I am happy that there are people that volunteer to do this sort of thing. They bear no arms, are not supplied with bulletproof vests, they are supposed to be the eyes and ears of the PD. Yet, they wear a uniform that is identical to the PD uniform--save for the badge.

Happily, until yesterday, no one has been hurt in decades. Years back one was wounded and he had a registered gun---which is not part of the equipment they are allowed to carry. Yesterday, sadly, two perished. Unarmed and pursuing their mission of informing the PD. My heart goes out to their families and to them.

What I am wondering is that if Aux. Police are allowed then a few things have to addressed.

1: What is the psychological make-up that makes them want to do this.

2: If they are mentally equipped and dedicated should they be armed?

3:Is their motive in volunteering a hope for PD appointment or just the thrill of a uniform and a commanding presence?

I have not used the term NYPD because I do think that this situation is prevalent in many communities. Mine included.

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