Making work worth doing
Anybody thinking about career plans ought to read the wonderful book first published in 1940 called “A Mathematician's Apology” by G.H. Hardy. In the slim volume, the famous mathematician, at the end of his career, ruminates on his life's work and tries to arrive at an explanation (and a justification) for why he chose it.
He concludes that anyone attempting to offer such a justification must address two questions.
The first is: Is the work worth doing? Dos it have value? The second is: Is it the thing I do better than I can do anything else?
On this Labor Day, it is worth reflecting, as Hardy did, on the value of work and what makes it worth celebrating.
Every official gets a turn
The press was all over Democratic Indiana U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly for hypocrisy because he criticized American companies for exploiting cheap foreign labor at the same time his family ran a business that depends on the very trade policies he has denounced, including low-paid foreign labor.
Then it picked on Indiana Republican U.S. Rep. Luke Messer, one of Donnelly's two main competitors in next year's race for that Senate seat, because of the obscene amount of money his wife makes as a part-time town attorney and because his family lives in Washington more than it does in Indiana.
Now, it's the turn of Indiana Republican U.S. Rep. Todd Rokita, Donnelly's other main competitor.
Awful decision on transgenders
The Indiana Court of Appeals has just issued a horrendous decision saying that transgenders who wish to change their names or officially register as a different sex on their birth certificates can do so without having their titles published in newspapers for public record. The court's members either don't know what they're talking about, or they're so intimidated by social justice warriors that they shouldn't be trusted with adjudicating traffic tickets.
The justices ruled that it “was erroneous to create a requirement where none exists” and that it “was not fair for the state to continue demanding superfluous conditions on the transgender community and that the burden was not one they should face.”
That is absurd.
Trump's proper DACA decision
A lot of Indiana officials are joining the preening, posturing hordes dumping on President Trump for his proper decision to rescind DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
It was “a cruel and heartless blow to vulnerable young citizens who want nothing more than a chance at the American dream,” said Hammond Mayor Thomas McDermott Jr. The administration “appears to once again be moving away from a policy ... of good business and good government,” said Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson. “Upending existing protections for the nearly 10,000 young people in Indiana who have been living here for most of their lives isn't the path we should take,” said Democratic U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly.
No disruption in school, please
Some Hoosier high school students decided they wanted to get in on the fun of the Great Confederate Freakout sweeping the country, but school officials wisely put a stop to it.
About two dozen Lapel High School students showed up for the new school year wearing Confederate flag clothing and symbols. They got away with it the first day, so they did it again for a second day.
That's when the school changed its dress code, banning Confederate symbolism and all Confederate gear, including T-shirts and sweatshirts displaying the controversial flag.
And school officials did it for the right reason. Not because they disagreed with the students' political point of view or disputed their right to express one.