If I Ruled The World (Or At Least, Scotland)

We’ve had a dry and sunny spell for much of the spring but in recent days it’s been back to normality in the form of rain and mist, here in the far north of Scotland. Someone posted in a local Facebook group that June had so far been wet, but that they live in hope [for better weather]. One joker replied wryly, “You don’t live in hope, you live in Wick!” which made me laugh. We are spoiled by rare good weather when it happens, and we know it.

It got me thinking about perceptions and how I probably contribute to them, at least here in my column at aNewsCafe. Mostly I portray life in the Highlands as idyllic, even quaint, and the lovely thing is that very often that’s true. But like anywhere else, we have our problems. So I thought I’d paint a more realistic picture of life in the north, both in general and personally, but rather than make it a long list of negatives, I thought I would try a more positive spin.

Therefore if I ruled the world, or at least my part of it, this is what would happen, in random order:

~Our horrible, inconsiderate, noisy, violent, boorish upstairs neighbors would have to live below themselves for three months to see what it’s like. Of course that defies the laws of physics so instead, if I were Ruler, I would have powers of eviction and they would be gone, taking their shouting matches, howling spaniel, and melodrama with them. The thought of a quiet life, where no one drops cigarette butts in our planters or lets their dog crap endlessly in stinky heaps in their scrap-heap back yard (which is two feet from our bedroom window), and where there aren’t anxiety-attack-producing bouts of domestic violence overhead at all hours (it’s as much her as him), well… it would be nice. Though I suppose it was interesting to have to pick him out of a photo line-up for police that time last summer…

Smartie investigating the neighbors’ mess.

~Every tourist who wants to drive in the Highlands would be required to take a three-day course on how to drive on our roads. This would be doubled for those who think it’s wise to rent RVs etc. despite having no idea how to handle them. Extra tutoring provided for those who think it’s a good idea to hold everyone up by creeping around the bends at 20mph, then going full throttle to 60mph on the straights meaning the rest of us can’t get past them on the very few places where we actually might have been able to, if they weren’t such colossal boneheads.

~I would create funding by taking it away from where it is not needed (more on that later) and pouring it into the roads and infrastructures. I’d love a locals-only flyover along the entire length of the “North Coast 500” (the increasingly popular tourist route around the north of Scotland) though I know that’s just silly. But I would at least add more passing lanes, as well as safe bicycle lanes along the whole route so that cyclists (a) were no longer blown off their bikes into hedges by fully-loaded logging trucks that blast past, and (b) didn’t hold the rest of us up.

~Organ donation would be opt-out, rather than opt-in. So many people mean to sign up to the donor register but it always slips their minds, or they forget to tell their family members (or their families go against their wishes). Opt-out would mean that if they felt strongly about not being a donor due to religious or other reasons, they could simply do so. But in my world, opting out of being a donor would also mean not being allowed to receive a transplant. Fair’s fair. (Children exempted; they can’t make that decision for themselves, and every child deserves a shot at as healthy a life as possible.)

~All of our small, local hospitals would be reopened. Centralizing services to the main (vastly outdated, under-staffed, no-longer-fit-for-purpose) hospital in Inverness would cease. People living in the Highlands and Islands would no longer be forced to travel three million miles a year collectively for hospital appointments and treatments (this is a true figure, recently reported in the news). A new battalion of nurses and doctors would be hired, at good pay, and provided with excellent working conditions. Ditto auxiliaries and cleaners, who would be given the time and materials they need to help stop the constant norovirus and e.coli outbreaks.

~More ambulances would be purchased, and more EMTs hired. People wouldn’t have to wait up to two hours, laying on the sidewalk where they fell because the only available ambulance was stuck on the main road 70 miles away. Added bonus: women would never again have to put “at the side of the A9 South, in an ambulance,” as the place of birth on their newborn’s birth certificates, or be sent to distant hospitals hundreds of miles away because the main hospital had no beds available on the maternity ward. (True stories, all, and more often than you might imagine.)

~Funding for these changes would be achieved in part by making a major change to NHS Highland administration (NHS = National Health Service). No longer would there be administrators and managers receiving umptyhundreds of thousands of pounds in yearly salaries. Their pay would come down to a reasonable level. Since it is likely that many of these posts could actually be eliminated, they would have their choice: accept the pay cut or move on. No hospital administrator would come from a non-medical background; they would have to have medical training of some kind before being allowed to make policies about hospital conditions, staff, patients and targets.

~There would be no more “career politicians.” Anyone who wanted to run for political office must have spent at least one year each as a fast food worker, cleaner, office worker, laborer, and sales person. They would have to pay for rent and living expenses out of the money they earned doing these jobs. No more trust-fund politicians who have no idea about how anyone else lives in the real world.

~People would earn a respectable amount of money even at minimum wage (which would be raised). Zero-hours contracts would be abolished. The food banks that are popping up all over Scotland would become obsolete. Families would no longer live in food poverty, as too many do, right here and right now.

~Every village would have its own “bobby on the beat” rather than a centralized police force. There would once again be local police who knew their “patch” and the people on it. Vandalism would abate. Drug dens would be dispersed. Oh, speaking of which, marijuana would be legal. Other drugs, not so much. There would be better education in school, starting in the early grades, about the effects of smoking and drug and alcohol abuse.

~Related to that topic, more teachers would be hired. There would be an emphasis on critical and independent thinking rather than rote-learning for standardized tests. In fact, I’d have a huge bonfire at every school, using those awful national standardized tests for fuel (hot dogs and marshmallows for toasting provided). More teachers would mean more individual help for kids who need it, and teachers who could do much more than just push students through the system to reach government quotas. Learning – and teaching – could be more fun again. And peeple wud leaf skool wit bedder speling grammer and comprehenshun to, cuz wut I see these days is lyk aweful.

~Business rates for bricks-and-mortar shops would be drastically reduced, and abandoned business premises could once again house shops and services that people need locally. Amazon is taking a bite out of all of us, but if local businesses were given half a chance without extortionate rents and rates, they could bite back.

~Affordable housing would be (a) truly affordable, (b) not hideously ugly, and (c) increased to meet demand. This includes renovating the many empty and abandoned homes across the Highlands.

~Some of the vast acres of moorland would be set up for RVs, camper vans, tents and caravans, with necessary services and amenities so that this type of tourist stops parking in every lay-by, private field, and harbor parking lot. Want to come visit the Highlands? Fabulous! We understand that you want to do it “on the cheap” by bringing along your own food and lodging, but you will no longer be able to just set up camp anyoldwhere and then disappear, leaving a mess behind. The local bobby will politely direct you to the campsites we will have in abundance, and make sure you go there. Everyone wins: nature no longer gets smothered with your trash, public toilets no longer get swamped with the contents of your waste tanks, and enough money will be earned to keep the campsites clean and serviceable with enough left over to repair the roads you’re helping to wear out. Added benefit: the locals won’t want to set fire to your RV while you sleep in it, parked up on their private property without permission.

~All those public toilets that have been closed would be reopened for everyone’s sake, from tourists to those of us with menopausal bladders which increasingly blight our lives.

~Another funding idea, if I were Ruler… taxes. Oh, the rich will hate this… but no more tax loopholes, or hiding money offshore. Taxes would be truly progressive, and reflect the ability to pay. Large corporations would be required to stop their tax-dodging shenanigans as well. Trade here, pay reasonable taxes here, end of story.

~Our ageing population would have more and safer places to live, especially those suffering with dementia. As with our nurses and teachers, workers there would receive good pay, and would be taught how to care for the elderly with compassion and respect.

~There would be no Brexit. Or if there is (since I’m writing as the theoretical ruler of Scotland alone), then Scotland would declare independence and become a member of the EU. We would own and control our own oil, negotiate fair fishing rights with our EU brethren, and have our own currency. Of course we would want our own passports, which should probably be purple, with a unicorn on them. (Did you know that Scotland’s “national animal” is the unicorn? Because it is!) Our passports can’t be tartan, as Sem would not stand for such nonsense. (His vote, when I asked him, was for a savage haggis rather than a unicorn.)

~We’ve got a good thing going with wind power already, so we would stop adding more windmills and instead put more emphasis on wave and tidal power. We’ve got wind and water in abundance; making the most of them for the sake of electricity is a win. We might even sell any excess electricity we’ve got to the rest of the British Isles. Maybe.

~We would save the bees, by whatever means necessary. Dangerous pesticides eradicated, natural habitats fostered, and wildflowers everywhere.

~Lastly, I would make sure that Sem and I lived in a nice home. Nothing ridiculous; just because I would be in charge doesn’t mean I need a palace. Our current place is all right, though a bit drafty when the wind is blowing in off the sea…

 

This place would do nicely. Rulership offices on the ground floor, private meeting rooms at the back, living space above… and NO upstairs neighbors!

Deb Segelitz
Deb Segelitz was born and raised in Pennsylvania, and is astounded to find herself living in the Scottish Highlands, sharing life with her husband, a Highlander she stumbled across purely by chance on a blog site. They own a small business restoring and selling vintage fountain pens, which allows Deb to set her own schedule and have time for photography, writing and spontaneous car rides in the countryside. She is grateful to the readers of ANC for accepting her into the North State fold.
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40 Responses

  1. Avatar Bruce Vojtecky says:

    Deb, Scotland sounds like America.
    As a side note I just joined the Facebook group, British TV and Film Fan Club.

    • Deb Segelitz Deb Segelitz says:

      In many ways, it is… and in some of the ways that it isn’t, yet, it seems to be headed that way. Which is worrying. Which is why I need to be in charge! 🙂

      That sounds like a group right up your alley, I hope they have some new and good suggestions for you!

      • Avatar Bruce Vojtecky says:

        One of the members spent a lot of time posting about forty films with a brief info on each. Now I have to see if I can get any on Netflix. Also there are a lot of comments on Lucifer that say it is time for it to go away, I’ve never watched it.

        • Deb Segelitz Deb Segelitz says:

          I think we watched a little bit of Lucifer but we didn’t stick with it. I couldn’t really say why, which is probably an indication that it wasn’t all that memorable.

          • Avatar Bruce Vojtecky says:

            One movie I watched, based on a book written in Devon, War Horse. It is about a young English lad that raises a horse and it is sold to the British Calvary during WWI. It was a good movie.

    • Avatar Linda Cooper says:

      Bruce, I was surprised by this fine article. I always assumed Scotland was a magical country, in terms of taking care of such aspects as great medical care. I have wanted to at least visit Scotland some day, and harbored fantasies about riding a bike on those country roads. I guess things are the same the world wide over. So nuts, from my perspective. Can’t we all share, or pay a fair share to some extent? Meanwhile, thank you for the British TV and Film Fan Club tip! I watch anything British.

      • Avatar Bruce Vojtecky says:

        My mother’s side of the family came from Scotland so I have a definite interest in it. I presume I was named Bruce after her former country.
        If you haven’t seen it yet, do so while it is still on Netflix. Ripper Street. It is three seasons long, good binge watch.

      • Deb Segelitz Deb Segelitz says:

        Linda, in other parts of Scotland I am sure medical care is better than it is up here in the Highlands. When my husband lived in Edinburgh he had a terrible motorbike accident (a bus pulled out in front of him) and he received months and months of excellent care as well as after-care and pain management. But up here they seem to want to centralize everything, and that includes hospitals. Back in the day we apparently had very good hospitals in the north, but the gov’t shut most of them down without a thought to the patients. It’s such a shame. There are some good medical folks up here but sadly it seems like the best ones move away to cities (better pay I presume). But there are gems among them. Most of my husband’s dialysis nurses are absolute stars, and they take great care of him. I always feel like he’s in great hands, there. Other departments have let him down in a huge way. I suppose it’s like that in many places.

        The mother of one of our friends was a district nurse, many decades ago. She used to go out in all weathers, for all reasons, and she and her colleagues were the excellent ‘front line’ for all medical issues, often acting in a capacity as much as doctors as nurses. There used to be good ‘country doctors’ too, who lived and worked in their community and were an integral part of it. This, too, seems different nowadays.

        The Highlands are great if you’re healthy. If you aren’t, many of the doctors and nurses will try their best, but they are overstretched. There are long wait times for non-emergency ops (one of my friends waited almost two years for a hip replacement, for example). The good thing about the NHS is not having to worry about paying for treatments, but the bad thing about it is that there have been so many budget cuts that they are under great strain to provide them. And traveling 220 miles for a 15 minute appointment is a lot to ask of people who are ill. They are finally making use of videoconference appointments where possible, but with centralization, all the specialist equipment is at the main hospital so everyone has to travel there – even the folks who live on the islands, who have to travel so much farther than we do (and take planes or ferries before getting to the mainland).

        There are so many great places to cycle, here, but doing so on the main north/south road is something I would never enjoy. The scenery is great and there are lots of places to stay, but the road is narrow up here and it’s shared by 18-wheelers, RVs, regular traffic and delivery vans, all hurtling along at 60mph. I would be terrified the whole way. But there are lots of smaller, quieter, “single-track” roads that I think would be really wonderful (and not heart-stoppingly frightening) to cycle on. Don’t let my descriptions deter you – just plan carefully where you choose to ride, if you want a nice, relaxing cycling holiday :-).

        • Avatar Linda Cooper says:

          Thank you so much for the clarification, and again, the article. I also appreciate ANC for providing a forum like this where we can get such insider perspective. Your description of the 18-wheelers and RV’s is a shared problem with the Big Sur area in California. I’m old enough to remember when that was once a beautiful road trip. I wish you well on your path towards ruler of your part of the world!

          • Deb Segelitz Deb Segelitz says:

            Thanks, Linda! I’m sure they (whoever ‘they’ are) won’t let me rule my part of the world, but a person can dream… 🙂

            Sorry to hear that the heavy traffic problem affects the Big Sur area, too. It’s so tough when the road isn’t suitable for the traffic it gets.

  2. Avatar Matthew Grigsby says:

    I used to work with a woman who would often lament, “If I could be Benevolent Monarch for just a day. That’s all I need, just one day!” You’d have my vote as Queen Deb of the Highlands, Righter of Wrongs and Banisher of Fools.

    I love that you shared some of the frustrating parts of where you live because it paints an even more complete picture of this place many of us have grown to love. Also, amazing pictures as always!

    • Deb Segelitz Deb Segelitz says:

      Hah! Benevolent Monarch is an excellent title. I probably couldn’t use it though, since I would likely not be benevolent towards *everyone*… I do like your proposed title, though!

      Believe it or not (and I’m sure you will), this was actually the cut-down version of things!

  3. Avatar Beverly Stafford says:

    Nice, Deb. Your same frustrations and solutions seem to be, if not worldwide, at least nationwide here in the US.

    • Deb Segelitz Deb Segelitz says:

      Lots of these things do seem universal in some ways, it’s true. I wonder if good changes will ever come into being?

      • Avatar Beverly Stafford says:

        And you MUST elaborate on “Though I suppose it was interesting to have to pick him out of a photo line-up for police that time last summer…”

        • Deb Segelitz Deb Segelitz says:

          Heh! Well the short version is that the police showed up at our door wondering if we could provide any information about him and we said oh yes, yes indeed we could… and we did. He ended up in jail but sadly it was only for a couple of weeks, that time. Last year he was in jail nearly all summer and part of the autumn but he got out after having not even done half the time he was supposed to do. Grrr…

          Hopefully it’s only a matter of time until he’s in jail again, and things quiet down a lot. They just got back together after about a six-week breakup – we thought we were finally free of him, at least, but alas, they love the drama so much they got back together again. The noise level has increased tenfold, and the car parts have started stacking up again out back along with miscellaneous junk piled out on the landing.

          It’s a shame because our across-the-hall neighbor is really nice, as is the neighbor who is across from them upstairs. They just bring the whole place down with their nonsense and junk.

  4. Avatar Beverly Stafford says:

    This is for Bruce’s comment on War Horse. I read a plaque that stated “I don’t care who dies in a movie as long as the dog lives.” I feel the same about horses.

    • Avatar Bruce Vojtecky says:

      Beverly, the War Horse not only survived but was a hero. Tragically other horses died along with a lot of people, and some kids. It was a sad but compelling movie.
      For a good horse movie on Netflix right now is Secretariat and what makes it so good is it is true.

      • Avatar Beverly Stafford says:

        Yes, I watched War Horse and was happy with the ending. Secretariat! What an amazing animal. Especially when you realize he won by 31 lengths against the best of the best — no just some run-of-the-mill wannabe’s.

  5. Avatar Carol Cowee says:

    Love Scotland and your writing. As a Carr survivor/victim??? we left our quiet country 9 acres and have settled far away on the east side, also lovely and quiet, and I’m sure you have reasons for not leaving, asap, the unimaginable situation under which you are living…but the same saying would go for your situation…life is way too short to drink bad wine or live daily in as unpleasant a place as you find yourselves! Wishing you peace and quiet….

    • Deb Segelitz Deb Segelitz says:

      Thank you Carol, I’m glad you enjoy my column! I hope that you are well settled in to where you live now. I am glad it’s lovely and quiet, there.

      We moved here from our beloved former village in 2017 because my husband had to begin hemodialysis. Prior to that we did peritoneal dialysis at home for four and a half years. Because of an infection and other complications he couldn’t go back to that form of treatment and must have hemodialysis instead (he cannot have a transplant, unfortunately). They offer hemo at a hospital which was, for us at the time, a 90 mile round trip on one of the most dangerous roads in the UK, three times a week (four times a week when he first started). The other option was to go to the main hospital in Inverness which would have been a 140 mile round trip, so, not really feasible.

      We didn’t want to move closer to Inverness – all my husband’s working life, most of it in Edinburgh, he wanted to come back up to the far north, so the right option for us was for him to do hemodialysis at the northern hospital. But the road (and there’s basically only one road to and from there) is often closed due to bad weather and accidents, so we needed to move closer.

      We rented our little “hoose” from Highland Council so when it came time to move, we stayed within their system as tenants. Unfortunately we had to take whatever was offered (within reason), and that was this apartment. It has its drawbacks and limitations but seemed fine enough (there was no way to know about the neighbors), so we accepted it. After nine months of traveling more than 1000 miles a month in all weather conditions to get to treatment, it was a relief to finally be closer to the renal unit.

      The location is great for dialysis, and the two other neighbors are lovely, as are the neighbors in the surrounding buildings. We just had the rotten luck to be the ones living beneath jerks. Moving again isn’t really feasible – it took us quite a long time to recover financially from the move, and because we were offered a place to live that “ticks all the boxes” as far as Highland Council is concerned, they would not be quick to agree to find a different place for us to switch to. Even if they did, we might end up in a similar situation. Bad neighbors exist everywhere. Most of all, though, the stress of moving again would be too much at this point, financially, physically and emotionally.

      Unfortunately what we lost was a lovely wee house in a peaceful and beautiful village with good neighbors… I miss it there, so much, but staying there was unsustainable. This was what we had to do for the sake of my husband’s health and life, so this is where we are.

      • Avatar Bruce Vojtecky says:

        Deb, I understand your situation perfectly. Due to my wife’s health the altitude in Wyoming put her on 24/7 oxygen. We moved to Phoenix, where she can now breathe without any oxygen, but living in this car crazy 5th largest city in America where HOAs rule is not like wide open Wyoming. We miss it.

        • Deb Segelitz Deb Segelitz says:

          The things we do for love and health, eh? I’m sorry that you had to leave a place you loved, too.

  6. You’d get my vote, too, Deb. I wish more people like you DID rule the world. What a better place it would be.

    (Especially love the opting-out of organ donation. Great idea.)

    Thank you, Deb. xo d

    • Deb Segelitz Deb Segelitz says:

      It all just seems to be sensible stuff, doesn’t it? And yet… so hard to achieve, for some reason!

      I think Wales has gone for the opt-out plan, and I believe Scotland isn’t far behind. Progress!

      xo

  7. Hal Johnson Hal Johnson says:

    Here’s another reader who would vote for you, Deb. The one quibble I have is that I wouldn’t want more affluent folks to get saddled with higher rates. I’d be satisfied with them paying the *same* rates once loopholes were abolished.

    While this was indeed a column imbued with a different spirit, I loved it nevertheless. I hope I don’t come across like a broken record.

    “Broken record.” There’s another idiom (I either pilfered that from Steve or looked it up) that’s probably on the verge of being swept away.

    • Deb Segelitz Deb Segelitz says:

      I originally had everyone paying the same tax rate, Hal! My husband proofread the column before I submitted it and he came in saying, “Love it, except the tax rate. Ten percent, say, is a lot harder for someone poor to pay than it is for someone rich.” I saw the truth in that – though I didn’t agree with his further comment of, “the rich can pay 90%!” Hahaha! I think he was kidding… maybe? 🙂

      I’m glad you enjoyed the column! You can be a broken record all you like with nice comments like that, I always like to know that a column has gone over well.

      I think “broken record” is one of those things people will continue to say without really knowing why. Like how we all still say we “hung up the phone.” Who hangs up a phone anymore?

  8. Avatar Carol Cowee says:

    I do understand your situation. We’ve moved 18 times and I always thought it would be nice if folks were rated a b c…so you would know what you were moving next door to! But, alas, that’s only in our perfect world…

    • Deb Segelitz Deb Segelitz says:

      My short answer to you originally was going to be, “If it was that simple, Carol, don’t you think we would have done it already?” But I didn’t know how long you’ve been reading my column so I thought I’d spell it out. 🙂

  9. Joanne Snyder Joanne Snyder says:

    Wonderful article Deb! Thank you. I once heard a quote from an economist on NPR. He said that what you find is that the people who controll the money make more of it. One year in my school district the Personnel director at the district office was given a 25% pay raise. The money gravitates to those who control it. I mention this because studies show that the ratio between management and workforce in some countries is so much more balanced that in the U.S. Many problems are universal because of human nature. Someone like you, your majesty makes a difference when you identify problems that could be addressed and ideas about how to solve them. I love your ideas about camping sites for tourists. Scotland is a dream and a magic land in many people’s minds, but the land and the culture and the people need to be protected and cared for. Thank you.

    • Deb Segelitz Deb Segelitz says:

      I’m glad you enjoyed it Joanne, thank you for telling me. What you said is so true, about the people who control the money. Also, they seem to always want more and more money even when they have an over-abundance of it already. The disparity is huge… and another thing I’ve noticed over the years is that when the pay cuts come (or the “downsizing”) it’s the workforce who gets hit first and hardest, not the higher levels. The last (and only) time I received a yearly company-wide bonus was 1988 but oddly enough, every year since then in every job I’ve ever had, the “higher-ups” continued to receive generous yearly bonuses in massive amounts while the rest of us were told there wasn’t enough money for bonuses. I truly don’t mind not getting a bonus but only if NO ONE gets one, y’know?

      I’m not against people being rich, but I am against people being poor for no reason other than the rich not allowing the poor to succeed by holding tightly on to the purse strings.

      Having seen the disruption and mess that so many tourists leave behind, spoiling our beautiful places and our villages and rest stops, I think the camping sites are the only solution. We’ve had to drive down to Inverness twice in May. More than once traffic was really held up because big trucks could not pull over to let a long string of traffic pass them, all because there were a few RVs pulled in to the lay-bys, having stopped there overnight. Those lanes aren’t for spending the night in, they’re for emergency stops or pulling in for a few minutes, but we’re seeing it more and more. It’s frustrating for the truck drivers, as well as everyone else.

      I love it here and think it’s awesome that people want to visit. I just wish they would do so with more care and foresight, and less selfishness. 🙂

  10. Avatar Connie says:

    I love, love, LOVE your articles! Always look forward to reading what you write, because, as I have said before… you take me there… I am right there with you – word for word imagining the whole experience, whatever it may be… (I would be hitting the ceiling with a broom stick if I had neighbors like that! Just sayin’!)

    You have my vote because the world would be a much lovelier place with you ruling it!

    • Deb Segelitz Deb Segelitz says:

      I’m glad you enjoy them, Connie, thank you for telling me!

      Our ceiling has a fair few pock-marks on it from the broom handle, you can believe that. The irony is that when we first moved here the guy said to me, when we met, “Tell us if we’re loud. The woman who lived here before you was deaf, so we have no idea if we are loud or not.” Well, they are loud AND apparently stupid, because it doesn’t seem to occur to them that screaming at each other at the top of their lungs is pretty loud. I’ve told him more than once that they need to tone it down, but it never lasts.

      I know that some of my rule-the-world ideas are probably naive but it seems like it would be a simpler process if people just worked together for the common good, rather than to line their own pockets or get ahead at the cost of everyone around them.

  11. Avatar Viktoria Peterson says:

    So enjoyed your writing and wonderful descriptions of life in the Highlands. Queen Deb would get my vote! When there are at least 5% of people in the world who embrace these ideals, they will begin to manifest. We are all in this together. Therefore, let’s keep spreading our wishes, ideas and thoughts. Sending you peace and quiet. Hugs too.

  12. Adrienne Jacoby Adrienne Jacoby says:

    No question about it . . . I’d vote for you in a SECOND!!! . . . Maybe even a HALF A SECOND!!!

  13. Avatar Peggy Elwood says:

    Everything you have proposed is what we all want….well, we regular people. Please run for office, become famous, and rule the world!!

    • Deb Segelitz Deb Segelitz says:

      Can you imagine?! Not sure how I would bend people to my will – the ones (us regular people) won’t need bending because we all want the same things, as you said, but there will be those who will need, ah, convincing. Maybe I should start recruiting henchmen? 🙂

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