Keep #8220;under God#8221; or be ready for a long work week
It is time to trot this out again just as a reminder. If the U.S. government determines that it’s against the law for the words “under God” to be on our money, if that same government decides that the “Ten Commandments” are not to be used in or on any government installation, and since they already have prohibited any prayer in the schools, then so be it.
Then the government and its employees shouldn’t take days off for Easter and Christmas because they are meant to honor the God that our government is eliminating from many facets of American life. And I want my mail delivered on Christmas, Good Friday, Thanksgiving, and Easter.
If it’s just another day, let the Supreme Court be in session on Christmas, Good Friday, Thanksgiving, Easter and every Sunday. I expect the Senate and the House of Representatives to forget getting home for their Christmas break. Tons of taxpayer dollars would be saved if all government offices worked on those religious holidays, including Sundays. And it wouldn’t be regarded as overtime if they were like any other day of the week. So, government; put your money where your mouth is, or leave things as they have been since the “boys” put the constitution together. They gave it a lot of thought and it worked for decades.
Who wants Euro-English?
Louis Guy of the Norfolk Historical Society sent this to me. You will be amazed. “The European Commission has just announced an agreement whereby English will be the official language of the European Union rather than German, which was the other possibility. As part of the negotiations, the British Government conceded that English spelling had some room for improvement and has accept
ed a five-year phase-in plan that would be known as “Euro-English.”
“In the first year, “s” will replace the soft “c”. Sertainly, this will make the sivil servants jump with joy. The hard “c” will be dropped in favour of “k”. This should klear up konfusion. There will be growing publik enthusiasm in the sekond year when the troublesome “ph” will be replaced with “f”. This will make words like fotograf 20 percent shorter. In the third year, publik akseptanse of the new spelling kan be expekted to arive at za the stage where more komplikated changes are possible.”
“Governments will enkourage the removal of double letters that have always ben a deterent to akurate speling. Also, al wil agre that the horibl mes of the silent “e” in the languag is disgrasful and it should go away. By the fourth yer people wil be reseptiv to steps such as replasing “th” with “z” and “w” with “v.” During ze fifz yer, ze unesesary “o” kan be dropd from vords kontaining “ou” and after ziz fifz yer, ve vil hav a reil sensibl riten styl. Zer vil be no mor trubl or difikulti. And evrivun vil find it ezi tu understand za oza. Ze drem of a united urop vil finali kum tru.”
“Und efter ze fifz yer, ve vil al be speking German like zey vunted in ze forst plas.”
Robert Pocklington is a regular columnist for the Suffolk News-Herald. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org