Who hasn’t embellished what we’ve done?
Brian Williams’ statements were foolish, reckless and unfortunate. He should never have made them.
What drives an intelligent, competent and highly successful person to risk millions in income, career, reputation and the admiration of those he loves and needs? Especially when he lives in the harsh and unforgiving public eye?
Certainly he was not guided by clear thinking, careful planning and competent decision-making. He stood to lose much more than he could gain.
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Is it possible that despite his fame, power and intelligence, he felt that who he was just wasn’t enough? Could it be that down in some dark secret place of self-doubt (which we all have) he lives with an abiding uncertain of his adequacy?
Who has never, at some time, without intent to harm anyone, embellished on what they’ve done, where they’ve been, or who they’ve known? Or not, let another’s enhancing misunderstanding of their achievements go by?
Who has never been driven more by irrational emotion than rational thinking? Rich, famous, harmful, or ordinary, there is more that unites all of us than divides us.
This is not to excuse, but it may explain. Could, “There, but for the grace of God, go I” apply?
Jury deadline March 2
I write to encourage the residents of Fresno County to apply for the 2015-2016 County Grand Jury. The application process is underway and will end March 2 . As a former grand jury member and foreman and now interim president of the Fresno Chapter of the California Grand Jurors’ Association, I can attest that grand jury service is a tremendously rewarding experience providing exceptional benefits not usually available to ordinary citizens.
Grand jurors have very broad oversight powers to investigate and comment upon the activities of government within the county. This includes cities, special districts, redevelopment agencies and other organizations in the county that, collectively, constitute our local government.
Grand jurors decide what, when and how to investigate, and whether to comment by report on their investigation. Thus, the first unique benefit of service is that jurors will have a meaningful, independent say in local government.
Grand juries are independent bodies and work for and report only to the citizens of the County of Fresno. For applications to serve, please go to www.fresno.courts.ca.gov/jury/grand_jury/.
Richard G Allen
Interim President, Fresno Chapter – California Grand Jurors’ Association
No heroism, no terrorism
The moment people who blow themselves up, taking others unwillingly into the grave realm, stop believing they are going to be heroes on earth and martyrs well rewarded and well received in heaven, the terrorism stops.
We often read in The Bee about the drought, so I was amazed while driving into Fresno to see thousands of new plants along Highway 180.
Today the sprinklers were on. What part of drought don’t they understand? It would make more sense to hardscape (cement) those areas, as they do along Arizona highways. The scenes, made of stone, are decorative, beautiful and amazingly drought tolerant forever!