Let’s resist destructive behavior

Good afternoon, Brunswick County!

It’s a wonderful, moderate summer day. We had a nice rain last night and the grass is greening back up.

I was just looking out my office window at a lawn across the street and realized that there just hasn't been as many dandelions this year as in years past. Nor have I seen any potato bugs this planting season.

I wonder if there is any correlation between those two observations.

I also wonder why we, as humans, continue to engage in self destructive behavior. I recently read a speech by a diabetes expert given at a university forum. He basically stated that the entire human race is poisoning themselves with excessive processed sugar that compromises the ability of the body to regulate insulin. Unregulated insulin levels contribute to heart disease, kidney failure, poor circulation, brain function decreases and many other causes of misery.

So, why do we buy sweet sixteen powdered sugar doughnuts, soda and Butterfinger bars when we know that they are not good for us? Why is alcohol use out of control in the lives of so many when it is well known that drunkenness leads to so many other social ills? Why is it that local employers are unable to hire locally because a vast majority of local laborers are unable to pass a drug test two weeks in the row?

To read the entire column pick up the July 25, 2018 edition of the Brunswick Times-Gazette.