Keep fishing for those important stories
I’ve been a fisherman most of my life. Now that I’m retired, I enjoy it more so. After reading the paper today, it occurred to me that both have a lot in common.
A reporter reads the water waiting for a story to surface. Once it does, he casts for the facts. The “whoppers,” however, are a lot harder to find. They stay deep undercover. Once caught, they muddy the water or snag the line with disinformation and lies.
If that doesn’t work, they jump over and over again shaking their heads saying, “I didn’t do it.” They’re trying to misdirect and remove the hook.
Finally, as more facts are exposed, the net scoops him up. His actions will determine if he will be a “catch and release,” or if he will be nailed to the wall.
I tip my hat to the reporters that troll deep for the facts. I also salute the wire leaders and editors that review the facts for publication. Their efforts set the hook allowing the truth to be seen, and sometimes the law gets to reel one in.
As Gadabout Gaddis might say, “Keep casting, and tight lines” Gazette. Happy New Year.
Consider all factors with plastic bags
In his Jan. 12 letter (“Stop putting paper in thin plastic bags”) to The Gazette, David Gibson requested that Gazette carriers refrain from using single-use plastic bags.
As a former Gazette carrier of over 13 years, David having a “tube” for his daily paper was not the norm where I delivered. The majority of papers delivered were to front doors, side doors, front steps or wherever my customer requested it.
It was essential to have something that kept the elements of nature from destroying the reader’s paper. Even those customers of mine who had tubes would have their paper placed in a bag if conditions warranted it.
Although David may not know it, carriers “buy” these bags and bands as needed and were charged for a customer complaint if the paper was not in the best condition for reading. Some customers did return used bags and rubber bands for use, again which was appreciated.
The need for an alternative solution other than the present plastic bag should take into consideration that many carriers might be going to other jobs after delivering, time constraints, future possible cost to the carrier, and ease of doing their deliveries. These should factor into any future decisions regarding that.
Officials linger to keep making money
The laws apply to all of us. Did you ever wonder why people in Congress retire in their 80s, while their constituents retire in their 60s? Could it be their hunger for power?
A case in point: Nancy Pelosi recently invested money in the stock market with information she obtained on companies regulated by Congress. Her $30 million gain easily beat Warren Buffet’s $10 million. She claims her holding back legislation, which would harm her investments, had nothing to do with insider trading. So much for progressive thinking.
Adding that to her $40 million position in her winery should make her ready for retirement.
My question is: do you think she’ll try to match Biden’s 1% donation to charities? We can only hope.
Stop scaring public over covid dangers
Over 60% of the United States population is fully vaccinated. We have been wearing masks for over two years now. However, if you listen to the news, the covid numbers are higher than ever.
It is apparent to me that this virus needs to take its course. I personally do not believe masks and vaccinations are mitigating anything. In fact, they are causing unrest among people.
I am so sick of the arguing over these issues. Live and let live! The government and media should stop scaring the public and leave us alone. At this point, I am of the belief that if we had just let nature take its course from the start, we would have reached herd immunity by now. This is America. We revolted against such government tactics to become the greatest country in the world.
Lastly, the collateral damage caused by the overreacting of the powers to be is a travesty.
What the government mandated in the name of help merely created different but just as devastating consequences. It is time to revolt again!
Reuse plastic bags to pick up dog waste
This is in response to David Gibson’s letter (“Stop putting paper in thin plastic bags”) in the Jan. 12 Gazette. Not only are the bags useful to keep the paper dry (I took down my plastic tube because the paper still got wet), but they get a second chance to get used because they are ideal when walking your dog to pick up its fallout.
So if you have a neighbor with dogs, you may want to pass them along or maybe the shelter might want them so they can be recycled.
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