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Fri, Apr 3rd, 2009
Posted in Commentary

There were lots of interesting things going on in the news this past week.

Impeached former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich (careful how you say that - your kids might be within earshot), and his plentiful head of hair, were indicted on 16 felony counts of racketeering, conspiracy, wire fraud and making false statements to investigators. Isn't that in the job description for any Illinois politician?

My wife and I lived in Illinois, south of Chicago, for three years during the scandalous Governor George Ryan years. Republicrats or Democons in Illinois -- they're all the same to me.

Illinois politicians seem to strive for an "A" in creativity when it comes to scams.

In other news, suspended NFL Quarterback (and recently imprisoned) Michael Vick had his attorney announce that he will go work for a construction company after he leaves federal prison for bankrolling a dogfighting operation. He does want to play professional football again, so this is expected to be a temporary job. Since Mike is looking for work, does anyone need a dog-sitter?

On a local level, we have a number of interesting items in the works.

The closing of the Forestville Bridge appears to be far from a conclusion. There are a number of organizations and governmental entities involved, so I'd suggest grabbing a Snickers bar. "Not going anywhere for a while?" Literally.

On the lighter side, based on a recent non-sanctioned survey conducted at my desk on a Thursday night at about 11:17 p.m., there are more Easter egg hunts per capita occuring in Fillmore County than anywhere else in the Milky Way Galaxy. Of course, this is fantastic for little ones, wishing to hunt for oval treasures and chocolate delights.

But, it's not good for me.

It reminds my wife of a time she will not let me forget.

Several years ago, on my way home from work one evening, I stopped by the store to pick up a few items, and they had chocolate Easter bunnies on sale. It was a close-out situation. Bear in mind, this was during a time prior to us having children.

With the commodities of the Easter bunny losing value like a current share of AIG, I bought when the market was down and I ate when the market (my hunger) was up.

What my wife won't let me forget is that I bought two bunnies, and they were easily consumed within a six-mile stretch -- they both didn't make it home. I had good intentions, but I also had not eaten lunch that day. I handed her two empty boxes and explained my thoughtfullness.

I still don't know the moral of the story, but my wife enjoys reminding me about this time each year. When you're hungry, you're hungry.

Those tasty bunnies were worth at least 20 years of reminders from my wife. The year 2023 can't come soon enough.

On another note, for those of you submitting online comments, please be aware of one important thing: we cannot publish information that is libeless.

If we can't substantiate the comments, and it's purely a form of slander, we're not going to publish it in print or online.

For those of you who are curious as to what I am talking about, we've had online comments submitted in reference to articles, and these comments were blatantly vindicative towards the individuals referenced in the articles.

If you want to make your opinion known, I'd suggest signing your name on a Letter to the Editor. That obviously requires a higher level of conviction. Individuals hiding behind the cloak of anonymity don't seem to get the same respect.

Thanks for bearing with me during my fantasy role-playing of Andy Rooney.

Next week, let's pretend I'm Rush Limbaugh.

Before I forget, I must encourage you to check out the next FCJ online reader poll at the website.

Vote today and see the results in the Fillmore County Journal.

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