A new paradigm for the country

Another political season is over, and I’m again reminded of something Tocqueville noted 170 years ago: “America has flourished not because of geniuses in Washington, but due to its Constitution, fertile land mass, egalitarianism, entrepreneurship, unique spiritual vitality and attachment to local community and family.”

It rings true even today.

In spite of what goes on during a campaign season, at the end of the day we’re still a community of family and friends, and are able to help and look after our own. We don’t need to find fault with “Big Daddy” government if we see the world as less than perfect. We have the “unique spiritual vitality” and ability to do something about it. So, let’s do what’s necessary to go forth and flourish.

My mother had asked me some time back if I thought America was ready for either a black or a female president. Many Muslims in Malaysia and elsewhere around the world have voiced astonishment at Mr. Obama’s rise because it is so much at odds with their assumption about our country. Remember that one thing that countless millions of people around the world “know” about the United States is that it is controlled by a cabal of white bankers and Jews who use police with fire hoses to repress blacks. To them, Mr. Obama’s rise triggers severe cognitive dissonance. Hopefully, what has taken place Nov. 4, so contrary to their expectation, will make them receptive to a new paradigm for this country.

Winterize against wildlife

PLPOA has received some phone calls from property owners receiving unwelcome visits from skunks and porcupines.

We are not talking about just a stray skunk wandering across your yard; these are moving in.

I guess more than one family has had skunks set up housekeeping in their crawl spaces — to hang out in someplace warm — by entering through unscreened air vents.

Proper winterization of your dwelling is necessary, otherwise be prepared to have an intruder or two.

Board meeting

The PLPOA monthly board meeting will be held at 7 p.m. today in the Pagosa Lakes Clubhouse. Members and observers are encouraged to attend. Public comments are heard at the beginning of the meeting.

The directors of our homeowners association have conducted meetings in a positive and constructive atmosphere — and they will continue to do so. They appreciate the support and thoughtful input received from owners and non-owners alike. Honest and respectful treatment from homeowners goes a long way.