Monday’s Odds & Ends

Welcome to Monday – the last Monday of March!

Today is another one of those days in which there are several major stories out there that I want to comment about – so it’s another “Odds & Ends” day!

Today’s topics include:

  • Gianforte’s Charitable Giving
  • Wittich Trial
  • Open Carry
  • Feel the Bern
  • Final Four

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Hello Wisconsin!

I’ve been following the situation in Wisconsin for the last week or so and although it’s something that many of my conservative friends don’t understand, I have a soft spot for Unions.

I also admire and respect those who are teachers. A year or so ago I volunteered to drop literature for a day in support of the local school levy. I don’t mind paying more to have our children educated. The teachers in Wisconsin seem to be singled out in this fight, although the situation deals with most public employees.

My admiration for Unions is because my father was a Union man. Back in the 60s my standard of living went up considerably when my dad joined the Operating Engineers Union – and we traveled while he worked on jobs all across the Midwest. I attended eight schools in seven years.

My dad built bridges and interstates. Have you ever traveled on Interstate 80? My dad worked on that road. How about I-70? Yes, he worked on that one, too. How about I-29 and I-35? Yep. Bridges across the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers were part of his experiences as a “Union” man in the late 60s and early 70s. Continue reading

BCS: They Did It Again

It seems just about every year I write about the upcoming college football bowl games with disappointment. This year is no different.

I am in favor of a playoff system for major college football, but they don’t have one and since they don’t have playoffs, it would be nice if they made the five BCS bowl games more interesting.

There are three undefeated teams going into the bowl season, Auburn, Oregon and TCU. TCU was left out of the championship game. So there’s a chance we’ll have two undefeated teams at the end of the bowl season.

The BCS bowl games are the five “big money” games in college football. One would hope the top 10 teams would play each other in these five BCS games: one versus two, three versus four, and so on. Not so fast my friend…there’s money involved and conferences have deals with bowl committees and that is where it is all screwed up. Continue reading