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Promote civility

"When once the forms of civility are violated, there remains little hope of return to kindness or decency"

Samuel Johnson



If you don’t mind I am going to take the day off so I will again dust off an old Daily and send that instead. I’ll see you tomorrow, have a great day and keep smiling.



Ray’s Daily first published August 25th 2005


I miss the days when we were less polarized, less interested in finding out the dirt about others, a time when we avoided using ridicule and cruelty in our dealings with others.


Given the tone of political debate among candidates and commentators, it is a wonder that anyone would choose to run for public office.

Let’s lower our voices and treat each other with respect, even when – especially when – we disagree. We’re all Americans; we’re not enemies.

Each of us needs to apply the wisdom of the Golden Rule to political discussion: Treat others the way we would want to be treated.

We will be more tolerant if we keep in mind the humbling possibility that the other guy just might be right.

Glenn Dromgoole


Too many red-blue and conservative-liberal differences have generated animosity, hostility, and even hatred. If you are like me you regularly receive e-mails filled with scorn and derision about someone the writer opposes. There was a time when people exchanged factual points of view versus innuendos and outright falsehoods.


Two men look out through the same bars: One sees the mud, and one the stars.

Fredrick Langbridge

I think our only hope rests with those who can see the stars. Let’s hope they emerge victorious.


To laugh is to risk appearing a fool.

To weep is to risk appearing sentimental.

To reach out for another is to risk involvement.

To expose feelings is to risk rejection.

To place your dreams before the crowd is to risk ridicule.

To love is to risk not being loved in return.

To go forward in the face of overwhelming odds is to risk failure.

But risks must be taken because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing.

The person who risks nothing does nothing, has nothing, is nothing.

He may avoid suffering and sorrow, but he cannot learn, feel, change, grow or love.

Chained by his certitudes, he is a slave.

He has forfeited his freedom.

Only a person who takes risks is free.

Dr. Leo Buscaglia


I think civility dies a little every day when we ourselves accept the incivility of others. Too many of us don’t want to take the risk that someone else may not agree with us so we tolerate invective and the diatribes of others. Courtesy and civility is a much better way to live, the others may not appreciate it but you will. And, oh by the way, thanks for listening, I appreciate it.


Church Signs

Trespassers will be baptized!

"No God – No Peace. Know God – Know Peace."

"Free Trip to heaven. Details Inside!"

"Try our Sundays. They are better than Baskin Robbins."

"Searching for a new look? Have your faith lifted here!"

An ad for one Church has a picture of two hands holding stone tablets on which the Ten Commandments are inscribed and a headline that reads, "For fast, fast, fast relief, take two tablets."

When the restaurant next to another Church put out a big sign with red letters that said, "Open Sundays," the church reciprocated with its own message: "We are open on Sundays, too."

"People are like tea bags — you have to put them in hot water before you know how strong they are."

"Fight truth decay — study the Bible daily."

"How will you spend eternity – Smoking or Nonsmoking?"

"Dusty Bibles lead to Dirty Lives"

"Come work for the Lord.

The work is hard, the hours are long and the pay is low. But the retirement benefits are out of this world."

"It is unlikely there’ll be a reduction in the wages of sin."

"Do not wait for the hearse to take you to church."

"If you’re headed in the wrong direction, God allows U-turns."

"Looking at the way some people live, they ought to obtain eternal fire insurance soon."

"This is a ch_ _ ch. What is missing?" (U R)

"In the dark? Follow the Son."

"Running low on faith? Step in for a fill-up."

"If you can’t sleep, don’t count sheep. Talk to the Shepherd."


"Friends are helpful not only because they will listen to us, but because they will laugh at us; Through them we learn a little objectivity, a little modesty, a little courtesy; We learn the rules of life and become better players of the game"

Will Durant


After being laid off from five different jobs in four months, my Uncle Joe was hired by a warehouse. One day he lost control of a forklift and drove it off the loading dock.

Surveying the damage, the owner shook his head and said he’d have to withhold 10 percent of Uncle Joe’s wages to pay for the repairs.

"How much will it cost?" asked my uncle.

"About $4,500," said the owner.

"What a relief!" exclaimed Uncle Joe. "I’ve finally got job security!"



"My creed is that public service must be more than doing a job efficiently and honestly. It must be a complete dedication to the people and to the nation with full recognition that every human being is entitled to courtesy and consideration, that constructive criticism is not only to be expected but sought, that smears are not only to be expected but fought, that honor is to be earned, not bought."

Margaret Chase Smith


Stay well, do good work, and have fun.


Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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The editor is somewhat senile.


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