The Way I See It
By cj pollick
Nine Eleven – We will remember 9/11/01 as the day terrorists proved they could inflict major damage on American soil. Thousands of innocent Americans were killed on that day and President Bush has kept America safe from another attack.
CDB Meets Tuesday To Vote – Clearwater Development Board (CDB) will meet next Tuesday. September 16, to deliberate and likely vote in favor of the Cabana Club re-development plan on Sand Key.
The meeting will also reflect opposing citizen support from several local beach civic associations and condominium associations. It should be an interesting meeting full of different opinions.
Cadillac Of Health Insurance – Apparently city of Clearwater employees pay nothing for very expensive tests such as CAT Scans, MRIs or Pet Scans. (Very pricey tests)! Wow, how long can taxpayers be expected to fund these astronomical costs?
High Unemployment Figures – When you examine recent increasing unemployment figures, it makes you wonder how many of those workers were illegal aliens who should not have been employed to begin with.
Something You Might Not Read Elsewhere - According to the USA Today-Gallup Poll from last Sunday, McCain now leads Obama by 50-46% of voters.
Why the jump in favor of McCain? Sarah Palin. Voters from across America have found a person they could trust in government. Independent women voters who once supported Hillary Clinton have found a woman they would support. Voters believe the independent-minded John McCain and Sarah Palin offer more leadership than Barack Obama and Joe Biden.
Yes, it appears that "change" the national media has predicted will come to Washington, and that change includes the first woman vice president
The Year Was 1966 - The University of Kentucky was king of basketball and Adolph Rupp, their coach, was rated as the best coach in college basketball. Most basketball enthusiasts believed Kentucky would win the NCAA college basketball national championship.
However, there was a hard-working coach at a small college in Texas called Texas Western, now Texas at El Paso, coached by a fellow named Dan Hoskins who had different ideas. Hoskins believed in playing his best players which resulted in starting five African-Americans. Texas Western went all the way to final game against Adoph Rupp's Kentucky and Texas Western won that game. Texas Western (UTEP) went on to play in 14 NCAA tournaments and several NIT tournaments before Hoskins retired from basketball. As expected, the coach had several offers to coach elsewhere, but he remained at UTEP until retirement. The biggest fan of Coach Hoskins? Bobby Knight, who said, "I admired him... and talked to him regularly."
Coach Hoskins passed away last week, but his legacy lives on.
Liberals In California Confront The LPGA - When the professional woman's golf association (LPGA) stated they would require all players to be able to speak English or face the possible suspension of card-carrying rights, liberals went crazy in California.
California State Senator Leland Yee of San Francisco asked for a legal opinion whether the LPGA had violated any state or federal laws. Yee demanded an immediate inquiry of the new LPGA policy; of course, that threat and other comments made by State Farm Insurance Company (who also questioned the requirement), forced the LPGA to reconsider the English requirement of players. Golf enthusiasts know that many up-and-coming LPGA stars are from Korea and, as expected, many of them do not speak English, which the LPGA had stated was an issue for event sponsors who would like to have event winners make comments (including product endorsements.)
Big deal? Some folks might infer that if the young LPGA players can earn many millions of dollars by playing on the US tour they could afford to hire someone to teach them some basic English. Nevertheless, and if State Farm and State Sen. Leland Yee prevail, after a winners check for a few hundred thousand dollars is presented to a young Korean golfer in California, the winner might nod, bow and smile all the way to the offshore bank.
Tom Brady Out For The Season-- Quarterbacks Hurting -- When quarterback Tom Brady of the NE Patriots was carried off the field of play last Sunday, New England fans were hoping he would return back to play this week. A few days later it was reported that Brady was out for the season--the NE Patriots were just another average NFL football team-- certainly not a playoff contender. Perhaps the true worth of Tom Brady will be noticed in New England as the football season moves from week to week and the Patriots struggle against the lowest ranked teams.
Then there are the Tampa Bay Bucs and their ineffective offense. It has been reported that Garcia may not start at quarterback this week due to an injury and Griese will start in his place. This unfortunate turn of events might actually help the Bucs, there are many people who believe Griese is the better quarterback. Time will tell, but if the Bucs lose another game the season could become more difficult. New England and Tampa are not the only NFL teams with quarterback problems this year, several teams are having quarterback problems including Indianapolis. Who is not? The New York Jets, they signed Bret Favre (and they won last week.)
USF football continued its winning ways by beating UCF and will host Kansas Friday night at 8 p.m. With West Virginia losing last week, the young BULLS team was ranked as the frontrunner in the Big East Conference. Of course, beating the University of Kansas will be difficult and all the USF BULLS fans need to support their team by filling the stadium on Friday night. Call USF for tickets.
The Gators proved they will be a good team this year and FSU must wait for two weeks before they play a Division I team. Miami gave the Gators all they wanted and should have an above average season (maybe the Hurricanes are back!) Ohio State is not as good as last year and Notre Dame is in big trouble (the Irish could have another losing season.) Penn State is good and Joe Paterno should pass Bobby Bowden with most career wins. (Will they ever retire?)
UCF looks good and should make a run at their conference championship. And lastly, there is Appalachian State with another win and a good chance at again winning the Division I-AA crown.???
The optimist fell ten stories. At each window he shouted to his friends: “All right so far.”
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