This next week is going to be a unique one for my wife, my daughter and I. The minor thing happening is that I’m having a root canal Friday. The other thing going on is much more major. I’m not the least bit concerned about the root canal, my first by the way. I am concerned about the other thing instead. So if you’re the type to say a prayer, we certainly wouldn’t mind if you said one for us. I’ll explain why after this week is over.
Update: We’re home now! My little girl had major surgery at Riley Hospital last week. I’d like to thank everyone at Riley for making our time there go as smoothly as it did. Especially the people with Ronald McDonald House who provided a place to eat, shower and hang out when our daughter’s hospital room got too small.
Megan McArdle has had two excellent posts on the topic of health so far this year, Don’t Get Sick and Don’t Get Old. Actually, the second one was a repost of a comment someone left on the first post. But both are the kind of sarcastic writing that I like. I’m going to actually stop and be serious for a change. Your health matters, and it’s up to you to take care of it. It’s best to act before the problem gets out of hand, that’s true. But if it’s out of hand already, acting now can still make a difference. There are no easy answers but regular exercise can improve your health. Also, eating healthier can improve your life. They won’t be the easiest thing you’ve ever done, but that doesn’t mean the effort isn’t worth it.
I finally found a link to this video on the health benefits of exercise.
I’m going to make a point to exercise more this year and eat healthier. In the past couple of years, I’ve lost 26 pounds and managed to keep it off. I’d be healthier if I lost another 26 pounds, but I’m going to focus on exercising more and eating a little healthier. If I do these things, I’ll be healthier whether I lose the weight or not.
With all the fight over proposed right to work legislation, I just have to wonder sometimes what the big deal is over. As I think Abdul pointed out, if Unions provide such great services to their members, why would their members not voluntarily pay dues? Are Union leaders upset because they think their members are too cheap to voluntarily pay for the services they provide? Or are they afraid that if they aren’t compelled to pay dues, their members might more closely question where all that money goes?
Is the primary purpose of labor unions today to negotiate a better deal for their employees or to raise funds for the Democratic Party? I think everyone on both sides of the aisle knows the answer to the question, and that’s what is making the issue a must win for the Democrats.
In the past month or so I’ve been watching my eight month daughter. A child is an amazing thing. She now sits up in a high chair when we go out to eat. She also reaches for menus and other things. It’s hilarious when she gets her hands on one of those disposable kiddie menus. She tries to eat it. I’ve patiently tried to explain to her that she isn’t supposed to eat it, but point at what she wants to eat. Of course she doesn’t eat anything on the menu yet. It’s fun to see how curious she is. She’s still young enough that she doesn’t really understand what everything is. In what will seem like a short time she’ll be demanding stuff she’s seen on TV. But for now it’s a blast to see her eyes discover new things she hasn’t seen before.
So it’s the start of another new year. I’m going to make an effort to make our country a better place. In November we will have an important election. The question is not just which man will be our next President, it is to define what the role of the Federal government in our lives. I believe that the role of government should be limited. I believe for every activity our Federal government does, we should ask if the Federal government is the best entity to do it. Can it be done better by state or local government? Can it be done better by a charity, or by a for profit business?