Just when you thought you’d heard everything this jolly holiday season, now, on the heels of the “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” brouhaha, come these two newsmakers:

  • Jennifer Sinclair, principal of Manchester Elementary School in Elkhorn, Nebraska, has banned all things Christmas. That includes depictions of Santa and his reindeer, right there along with Christmas trees, movies, music, and the colors red and green, too. Still not satisfied, she’s now made headlines by outlawing candy canes.

Why you might ask? Principal Sinclair says, “Historically, the shape is a ‘J’ for Jesus. The red is for the blood of Christ, and the white is a symbol of his resurrection. This would also include different colored candy canes.”

Makes one wonder what’s next on the progressive, politically correct hit list…

  • The California Public Utilities Commission has proposed a tax on texting to help fund “access to telecommunications for lower-income California residents, making up for lost revenue the state used to receive from a tax on voice calls.” Reportedly, voice call dollars dropped from $16.5 billion in 2011 to $11.3 billion in 2017.

Oh, yes, the commission folks actually don’t call this a tax; instead it’s just a “surcharge,” that will be retroactive to five years ago. And, if it sticks, and that appears likely, look out for this money-maker to start “trending” in your neck of the woods…

Best advice? Keep bah, humbuggers at bay, as you celebrate this precious holiday and then craft your resolutions for the new year. Will send along some goal-setting tips in the next few days. Till then, hope you make very merry… ~ Carol