Wandering thoughts from a wondering mind

By Mac McPhail - Contributing columnist
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A few wandering thoughts from a wondering mind…

A couple of weeks ago, they changed the traffic pattern along the highway construction on Highway 24 going from Clinton to Roseboro. There were new traffic cones everywhere. I thought that this meant that the highway construction was really going to pick up speed. But, over the past couple of weeks in my travels, I haven’t noticed any acceleration in the construction process. The only difference I see is that it is more aggravating trying to get into my church parking lot.

That reminds me of an old preacher joke I heard years ago. Do you know what it means when a long winded preacher takes off his watch and places it on the podium during his sermon? Absolutely nothing. Do you know what all those new traffic cones mean to the speed of the road construction on Highway 24? Apparently, absolutely nothing.

I know we say, “If you don’t like the weather around here, just wait a day or two.” But this is starting to get ridiculous.

Being the Sampson County Clerk of Court must be a pretty good job. Because it sure looks like a lot of people want it. Before the filing period is over there may be enough candidates to field a baseball team. Or, at least a basketball team, with a couple of substitutes.

I wonder why the Clerk of Court job is an elected position anyway. It seems to me to be a position that requires administrative skill, not political skill. That also goes for the Register of Deeds job. If that is the case, maybe we should also let voters elect the county manager and tax collector, too. (Just joking about that.) By the way, why do we vote to elect someone to be Sheriff, but not someone to be Police Chief?

Speaking of running for office, isn’t it unfair that around one quarter of the voters will not have a say in who will be the candidates in this year’s elections? They will have a vote in the election, but are not allowed to have input on who the candidates for the offices are. They are the unaffiliated voters. Only Democrats and Republicans are eligible to run for office. Well, others can run, if they can meet all the almost impossible standards and qualifications set up by, you guessed it, Democrats and Republicans. So you end up with one quarter of the population without representation. But yet they are being taxed. Maybe they should protest by saying, “No taxation without representation!” I think that line has worked before.

The Clinton Kiwanis Pancake Feast is this weekend, and I will probably not want to see a pancake for quite some time after it is over. It’s a lot of work, but it is also a lot of fun. The funds raised pay for all the charitable projects the club supports during the year. But it wouldn’t be possible without the support of local businesses. Local businesses are a backbone of support for many of the nonprofits, schools, and churches in this area. That’s something to think about before you click on that next purchase from Amazon or that big box discount store.

Finally, we live in scary times. The stock market goes down more than 1000 points in a day. It’s headed back up again, but who can be sure? Then there was another school shooting last week, this time in Florida. Using the term, “another school shooting,” like it is a commonplace occurrence is, in and of itself, scary.

But we shouldn’t be fearful, except in one respect. That’s having the healthy respect and reverence for God. It’s called the fear of God. As Oswald Chambers wrote, “The remarkable thing about fearing God is that when you fear God you fear nothing else, whereas if you do not fear God you fear everything else.” That’s something else for this wondering mind to think about.

Mac McPhail
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By Mac McPhail

Contributing columnist