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Rants & raves
Rating: 1.72 / 5 (25 votes)  
Posted: 2012 Sep 07 - 00:47

Drivers, be careful

Please, please, please drivers, do not take your eyes off the road while you drive.

With everyone in such a hurry or full of stress lately, it only takes a split second for you to accidentally run a light or sign, or someone else not seeing you coming because they reached over to tune the radio or something, and your whole day and possibly your world can change in a moment with an accident.

This happened to me recently and although I was not hurt, my car is now in the shop getting fixed, and all it took was a quick, momentary distraction, Then, I had a big dent in the door.

There are so many ways we can lose our focus with driving: texting, phone conversations, tuning radios, reaching on the floor for something, putting makeup on, even eating.

Be careful out there, everyone and keep your eyes on the road and hands on the wheel for your own protection. I could have been paralyzed for life.

What about the trains?

If anyone believes President Obama's promises of a better, more efficient government, consider Amtrak. It has been attempting to provide food service to its passengers. One would think that it could make a profit, or at least, break even. Not so. Over the past 10 years, it has lost $800 million, according to an auditor, because of waste, employee theft and mismanagement. No one has been fired. No one has been demoted. No one in management has offered a plan to reduce the losses. More government is not the answer to our woes. It is not in our best interests.

Seatbelt rights

This is about the seatbelt law. We should all make our own choices. If you get hurt while you don't wear it, oh well, we are all adults. But there is a dummy on a motorcycle without a helmet flying down the road. And nobody does anything about that. Why don't they change that law?

Watering the road?

I drive to work every morning on A-1-A and there are sprinklers that shoot right into the road. I'm looking at the water spots on my car right now. Why are we watering the pavement?

The blame game

President Obama is not the only politician to grab credit when things go right and blame others when things go south. When he does it so often, however, it gets pretty stale. We deserve more from the president than "It's all George Bush's fault." He's been campaigning about everything except his record. He doesn't mention his failed $787 billion stimulus program and the four years of trillion dollar debt. It's not about Romney's tax returns. It's the economy, stupid.

Job failure

President Obama has failed utterly to create jobs. More government, he may finally be learning, is not the answer. He promised to reduce the unemployment rate but it has been stuck at more than eight percent, with little prospect for improvement anytime soon. Some of the stimulus money went to businesses which promptly took the cash and invested it, in China! America can do better.

A new VP?

Our generation finally has a very welcome spokesman in Paul Ryan. Too many politicians are content with the status quo. Too many of them rationalize kicking the can down the road. What that means, however, is they will selfishly continue their out-of-control deficit government spending on themselves. When they are gone, the debt will be dumped in our laps. Good riddance to them. Welcome Paul Ryan.

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