Scoot: Slapped with reality after Labor Day 2017

September 05, 2017 - 11:05 am

Labor Day Weekend is considered the emotional end of summer, and the Tuesday after Labor Day is the day we shed the summertime mentality and return to the reality of a more disciplined fall schedule. 

The pressing news we face on this Tuesday after Labor Day is slamming the door on that more relaxed summertime mind set and shoving into reality.

The news is usually defined by one or two top stories of the day.  Well, here are the top stories on this Tuesday, September 5, 2017:

  1. Hurricane Irma is now a Category 5 storm with winds up to 180 mph and is headed for the United States.  A sudden sharp turn to the north is predicted; but if everything doesn’t fall in place, then Irma moves into the Gulf.  Then it becomes our problem.
  2. North Korea is believed to have tested a hydrogen bomb over the weekend, along with another ICBM test.  U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley told an emergency meeting of the UN over the weekend that Kim Jung Un is “begging for war.”  The news was full of scenarios about a nuke attack on the U.S. or our allies.
  3. The Trump Administration said it is phasing DACA, which protects “Dreamers,” out over six months, leaving it up to Congress to act on it. 
  4. Congress returns to session after its summer vacation with much on its plate, including a Hurricane Harvey Relief bill that the Trump Administration wants to include a debt limit bill.  Isn’t attaching controversial items to disaster relief bills something the Republicans complained about with the Sandy Relief bill?  Will the political hypocrisy ever end?

Any of those four news stories would dominate the conversation of a radio talk show.  But the top story to each American is the story that may have the greatest impact on their lives.  If you’re in Florida or along to eastern coasts of Georgia, North and South Carolina and Virginia, your top story is Hurricane Irma.

If you live in the Pacific Northwest or the West Coast, you might be more concerned about the growing threat from North Korea.  If you live in the southeastern part of Texas the recovery from Harvey and the relief bill are of utmost importance.

For the “Dreamers,” those who are technically illegal immigrants because their parents brought them here at a young age, the decision about the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, might be your top story of the day.

News is personal and the top story of any day is determined by the impact, or the threat of impact, a story may have on your life.

In fact, the top story today might be your job or your family.  If you are concerned about the stability of your job or something critical involving your family, that is more pressing than anything else.

The news media presents the top stories in order of their perceived importance to the nation, but each of us determines which is our top story of the day.

What’s your top story on this Tuesday after Labor Day 2017?


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