Archive for November, 2005

Way too much like Junior Year…

Monday, November 21st, 2005

Cornelia Flowers: 1920 – 2005

Cornelia F. (Floyd) Flowers
Flowers, Cornelia F. (nee Floyd), entered into rest on Nov. 21, 2005.
Loving wife of the late Leonard J. Flowers Sr.; dear mother of Emily (James) Heman, Leonard (Elizabeth) Flowers and Susan (Peter) Rogers; beloved grandmother of Kathleen (John) Morice, Karen (Jeffrey) Brown, Timothy and Amy Flowers, Brian (Beth) Flowers, Karen and Steven Rogers; beloved great-grandmother of Keegan, Kayla, Joshua and Jenna Brown and Michael Swan.
Cornelia received degrees from David Lipscomb College, Harris Stowe Teachers College, and Washington University. Cornelia taught for 8 years at the Oak Hill School in St. Louis and served as a Principal at the Mt. Pleasant School for six years. In 1972, she became the first woman to serve as a St. Louis Middle School Principal in her work at the Blow Middle School until her retirement in 1984. Since retiring she has remained very independent and active. Cornelia served on the Desegration Board for the St. Louis School and has been active in a wide range of activities including her church, the Lemay Church of Christ, and the Carondelet Historical Society.Services: A memorial service will be conducted at the Lemay Church of Christ, 2709 Lemay Ferry Rd., on Sat., Nov. 26, 2005 at 1:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please make expressions of sympathy in Cornelia’s memory to the Lemay Church of Christ. A service of COLONIAL Mortuary Hoffmeister-Kriegdhauser Funeral Directors.

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Sunday, November 6th, 2005

Describe the problem or needs of society you want to address when you enter public service. (If possible use statistical data to define the magnitude of the problem)

Newt Gingrich surprisingly has a lot respect from this Bill Clinton idealizer and loyal Democrat. Newt and I don’t see eye to eye on the substance of many issues, but I respect his willingness to take the unpopular stance to do what he sees as right. He has a point in some cases. There is a problem with our education system if the US ranks 18th in education effectiveness while spending more than any other country per student. & Now, I disagree with abolishing the Department of Education, but one must respect his reasoned position. There is a reason his outside the box outlook proved successful in 1994.

Innovation is good for governing. Politicians too often cling to the safe, stale ideas, logrolling to keep their jobs. I suppose a 98% incumbent re-election rate proves their methods work, but the system we have shouldn’t be. Politicians fear being the next Walter Mondale. Not many would suggest running for President proposing higher taxes, but at least he said what he believed the best solution was.

Society needs Gingrich’s and Mondale’s bringing non-mainstream and not necessarily immediately popular views center stage. The public needs to be informed of alternatives, so voters can actually see differences available to them. Political leaders themselves aren’t helpful when in a presidential debate the biggest disagreement between them regarding foreign policy, during a war in Iraq, appears to be whether to approach North Korea multilaterally or bilaterally.

The innovative ideas aren’t always the right ones, but without them there is no debate or progress towards better solutions. Citizens grow apathetic when they don’t see an opportunity for real change. There are reasons why voter turnout has fallen over 10% in the past fifty years.

Choices and opportunities for change need to be made available for progress to happen.