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Updated: April 19, 2013 6:02AM
Writer embarrassed by what we think we can’t cut out
All the squawking about spending cuts in Washington, D.C., makes me wonder whether anyone has any common sense. I am going to bring you one example of bureaucratic bumbling that wastes tax money and kills the infrastructure jobs the president always says he supports. A $15-million highway underpass project on Texas 151 at Loop 1604 has been put on hold indefinitely because biologists found a spider in a crack in the ground. A spider, oh my, we must stop the project!
Magnify this stupidity by a billion and you have the problem we have in this country with jobs and economy. We can’t cut these stupid spider-finding jobs? We can’t cut the General Services Administration parties? We can’t cut free cell phones? We can’t cut spending on green energy companies that go bankrupt? Anti-American indoctrination at the U.S. Department of Agriculture? For the first time in my life I am embarrassed to be an American.
Pro sports today are too glitzy, preps are way to go
Professional sports is unlike the ’40s and ’50s. In those years you didn’t see long hair, jewelry, tattoos, quarterbacks with earphones, celebrating and dancing on the field, drugs, dropping and crimes off the field of play. Today’s players are making commercials, former players are on sports shows and in the broadcast booth. Sport shows bring back yesteryear teams’ records and stats to fill the time slots. Commentators argue back and forth the whole show. These shows knock players, coaches and teams. Today, money drives the pros (it’s called entertainment now). Give me the sports pages of the Post-Tribune; it gives me all I want in sports without the glitter and wasted time. College sports is clean and exciting. It’s sports at its best.
Reader’s green idea probably has a few holes in its plan
For the last few years, more and more people are pushing going green. Our president has picked a few of these companies and has not always done that well. I have been giving this a lot of thought, and remember reading about all the cows in our country and the gas they release every day.
Here is what I think we can do to help our environment and save a lot of money. We can get weather balloons, millions of them probably from China. Each morning place a balloon in the proper orifice and the next morning remove the full balloon and replace with a new one. Then take the full ones to local utility companies and sell them the gas. This will make money for farmers and ranchers, lower prices for customers and help clean our air. This is a win-win for farmers, utilities and customers, while helping us be more independent from imported oil.
Also, we can put the illegal immigrants to work doing this because this is another job Americans won’t do. I do not want anyone’s thanks for this idea. I am just trying to do my part.