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?? Sunday, March 31, 2002
OK guys, five bucks to anyone that can come close to explaining the Letter to the Editor from Wanda Skees (3/31). There is plenty of bad mojo to hang around the necks of Marx and Engels but surely first in line can't be that they would ensure us that "...history is a complex, multi-causational discipline."

posted by Site Admin 10:52 PM

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From Gary Ott's column (3/31) Sorry, no link:
"Still, I would be lying if I said I regret not serving in Viet Nam. I didn't want to go then and I wouldn't want to go today."
Altogether a pretty good column. I know lots of men in that age range contemplate the same thing. It isn't any easier on them when they see soldiers currently off doing these things....soldiers that a mere four or five years ago were 'punk kids' skateboarding in between Nintendo marathons. The only point he may have missed in the whole column is that nobody wants to go to war. It is what happens after that that defines them.

posted by Walsingham 10:30 PM

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?? Saturday, March 30, 2002
Anyone catch the Channel 9 feature on lightning avoidance last night? Whoever it is they have running the CG graphics is straight out of an english as a second language course. Never did see the word "lightning" spelled correctly. Appearances were made by near-cousins "lightening" and "lighting". (I know, I know. I am setting myself up for a huge mea culpa here....but this is just a blog. For a real-live big-time Tee-Vee broadcast you shouldn't rely only on a spell-checker.)

posted by Site Admin 1:19 PM

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?? Friday, March 29, 2002
From a Letter to the MRT Editor from Phil Roberts:

"Now they hire a "Communications Director" from a local TV station at a salary of $72,000 for a position that didn't even have a job description attached to that position. It's just taxpayers' money -- why worry?"
Now in fairness to the school district, there is no way that a job description for this position does not exist. We can all argue that the duties outlined in the job description are not necessary or that seventy-two bills a year is way too much dough to pay someone executing these duties but a job description almost certainly exists.

posted by Walsingham 1:28 PM

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Unbelievable. The MRT has just given out a
Dart to the bull that stepped on Lyle Lovett's leg. This nonsense surrounded by additional darts for litterers and...I am not clear on this...either Maryland Public Broadcasting for pulling the plug on Louis Rukeyser or to the apparent multitudes of non-watchers of Louis Rukeyser who caused them to pull the plug. I am sure that Mother Nature appreciated the laurel she received but she better know that she has a dart coming if she doesn't come up with some rain.

While the Laurels and Darts feature provides the Reporter-Telegram with the ability to give out deserved kudos for jobs well done (Tommy Franks and Cindy Lanning in the last set) it also provides an obviously vindictive editorial board the opportunity to take unwarranted cheap shots.

Taking this week's cheap shot (let's call them MetaValentines from now on) is Irece Jordan for not voting in the March 12 Primary.

Oh, the humanity.

This wasn't even a story when she was seeking the job of Elections Administrator way back when. Ms. Jordan is no longer seeking that job, the MRT still thinks it proper to hang out in public the voting frequency of a private citizen.

This feature should have been drowned at birth. Whoever wrote the MetaValentine to Ms. Jordan should probably be held under with it.

posted by Walsingham 1:22 PM

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Pray for these guys and thank them personally whenever you get the chance. True hometown heroes. Brave young men asked to do things that shouldn't have to be done at all but are necessary for the preservation of freedom both here and abroad.

posted by Walsingham 1:11 PM

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Unscientific polls used to be labeled as being for entertainment purposes only. What ever happened to the disclaimers that accompanied these things that explained their total lack of significance?

posted by Walsingham 12:54 PM

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Having completed and now opened our local shrine to a dying sport we will begin to see in print how "lucky" we are to have such a facility. As nice a stadium complex as it is it wasn't given to us, rather it was enthusiastically advocated by some, stridently forced on others not so willing, but most certainly purchased outright by all involved. Luck had nothing to do with it.

We haven't heard much lately on the proposed second ramp onto the football field at the Scharbauer Sports Complex. Proponents point to a $300,000 'surplus' as a way to fund the building of this ramp. You can consider yourself a born 4a Corporation board member if you can look at a $45 million sports complex that was orginally slated to cost $38 million and still see a surplus of funds.

posted by Walsingham 10:03 AM

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