Friday, September 23, 2005

A Fast Week

The AAUW Art Presenter program started its 33rd year last night with a well attended kickoff event at the Buchanan Center for the Arts in downtown Monmouth. Warren County is a richer place by far with its presence and all of the volunteers are to be congratulated.

Cubs pitcher Greg Maddux won his 13th while former Illinois governor George Ryan is trying for 12. Ryan needs jurors; Maddux just needs a team that is deserving of him. In the case of Ryan it will be interesting to see whether the buck will stop before it gets to the top. In the case of the Cubs it is hard to find anyone who even cares.

But just wait until next year!

Hearts continue to go out as the South prepares for another hurricane. Time to pony up for the Red Cross some more. And speaking of ponying up, can someone tell me why we should not start paying some of these bills now instead of leaving them all for our kids and grandkids? Shouldn't there be some sacrifice now? Pump up those bike tires and turn the thermostat down--it's going to be a long cold winter.

Watching the traffic jams pile up as people tried to exit the coastal regions did bring up another little question. Can we expect to efficiently evaccuate two or three million people with most of them driving their own private cars? Not much choice when there isn't an inter-city mass transit system left is there.


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