Thursday, July 16, 2009
Personal Prerogative: Some Random Thoughts on Random Issues
Okay, I'm taking a little personal prerogative today to comment on a wide range of subjects. I hope you enjoy. I guess this is my "Andy Rooney" feature.
Senate Confirmation Hearings for Sonia Sotomayor
Boy, the Senate Confirmation Hearings for Judge Sotomayor are bringing out the best and the worst on the Senate Judiciary Committee. There's more grandstanding going on there than at the State Fairgrounds. It's fun to watch the dance between Sotomayor and the Senators. I am extremely proud of Senator Al Franken of Minnesota who was able to cut through the bull yesterday and get Sotomayor to admit that even though she watched Perry Mason that she could not remember the name of the only case that Perry lost. That's why it's important to have Franken in the Senate. Maybe he will live up to being the "people's proxy" after all.
On the Air...Clark Howard and Steve Simpson
I don't always agree with him, but I find Clark Howard's radio show very informative and interesting. He clearly seems to be further right than I am politically, but we need more consumer advocates these days. Furthermore, I don't know that there's a better program on WIBC than Steve Simpson's show. That was a great move by WIBC and the late Tom Severino. Steve is the perfect moderate voice of humor, news, politics, and interviews. The only negative is that there's not enough of it. It's full of ads!
When is this city going to crackdown on a public safety issue known as the "live sign holder." It is annoying to be within any number feet of a certain pizza parlor and see an employee dancing around holding a sign for a pizza deal. That pizza place isn't the only one taking advantage of this. I don't know how many buy one get six free live signs I saw for fireworks. I am more likely to NOT visit a place with signs like this. I understand it's a First Amendment right, but I believe there are also "time, place, and manner" ordinances the City-County Council can put on this. It is good to see people working though.
Live Traffic Barricades...ENOUGH!
Why is it legal for places to hire security guards to block traffic so that patrons can get out of parking lots? On 10th Street, there are two businesses west of Girls School Road that have hired brave security guards to walk out in the middle of the road and stop traffic so that cars can turn. I think this policy should be outlawed. One is at a T intersection with a one-way stop sign. It slows down traffic, and it causes issues. There are two neighborhoods in this area as well as several major businesses in the area that decide not to take this course of action.
I walked off without my cell phone for the first time in a long time the other day and was disappointed with how much I am dependent on the thing. How did I ever survive the first 25 years or so of my life without one and the last five or six years without a really souped up one?
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Glad they are finally fixing the big signs on Lucas Oil Stadium. Forrest Lucas has been very patient. I would have been calling Greg Ballard, Bob Cockrum, and CIB head Bob Graham every day. It was a bad thing for the city and made us look low class. I mean, we couldn't afford the stadium, but the outsiders that visit don't have to notice that we couldn't. Not fixing the sign for months apparently was the product of a complicated trio of sign contractors. It's just another sign of the vaccum of leadership in city government because no one spoke anything on the issue until the problem is being solved. Oh well...I thought it was hilarious for a while the sign said the C LTS played there.
Well, that's all for this edition of my Personal Prerogative. If you wish to take your own Personal Prerogative, feel free to comment!
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