By Leo Coughlin
Nobody asked me, but -
…More newcomers joining the election battles in Largo - Bob Hunsicker and Robert Avery will oppose Harriet Crozier for Seat 5. John Atanasio and Doug Lardner will oppose Woody Brown for Seat 6. Many think it is time for Crozier to go. She has been on the commission longer than anyone else (all of this century) and her tenure has been undistinguished, apparently oblivious to all the discrepancies being unearthed by the newest member of the commission.
…The Hunsicker name should be familiar to those who follow Largo affairs. He has been on various boards and is a Citizens Academy graduate, a de rigueur qualification for those seeking office in Largo.
…The honey v. vinegar approach always has to be considered. There is one figure familiar at the Largo citizens comment microphone whose points are invariably well taken and correct. But the nastiness and invective he hurls at the commission gain nothing; that approach is counter productive.
…Then there is the fellow who fights many worthy battles for his neighborhood. But instead of making his point succinctly in writing to City Hall, his aims are wrapped in combustible rhetoric that sweepingly takes in all known political philosophies and tries to fix blame for the Napoleonic wars. Just doesn't work.
…The three great bad decisions in the 20th Century that spelled disaster for those who made them were the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Hitler's decision to invade Russia and Hitler's war on the Jews. Consider - Hitler was at the top of the world in June, 1941; less than four years later he was dead and Germany was absolutely devastated, a pile of rubble.
…It is very difficult to watch the "Cops" program on television and not get disgusted and angry with the consistent exhibition of police brutality and violation of peoples' rights. We were taught that policemen were our friends; too bad, it is no longer true.
…Whatever became of Dave Coyner?
…Rodney Woods appointed to Largo's Community Development Advisory Board. Some suggest this is payoff for his role as a "team player" (which means question nothing; go along with everything and collect the pay check) during his stint on the City Commission. He is otherwise unqualified.
…Hearings for a new potential Supreme Court justice are an exercise in showboating for otherwise mediocre people (senators) who have no other talent than an ability to get elected. Is there a bigger blowhard than Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.)? Or a bigger racist than Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), a Selma boy who was once turned down for a federal judgeship because of his racism.
…At long last, some good news, pointed out by our clever friend - "The U.S. has found more than a trillion dollars of untapped mineral deposits in Afghanistan. And here is the even better news - the country comes pre-invaded."
…Here's at least one reason maybe why people want to work for municipal governments - 3,700 retirees in New York who averaged $72,000 in their yearly paychecks while working, are collecting pensions of more than $100,000 a year in their rocking chair years and (so I hear) the dough is exempt from state and local taxes.
…One reason why public behavior seems to be sinking to all time lows - people no longer have any shame, come what may.
…Some people get really turned on by soccer's World Cup (they are, apparently, people who love to watch paint dry). Every time the WC comes around we hear about how soccer grows ever more popular in the U.S. Pure nonsense. It's a playground game for kids in school because all it requires is a ball.
…In the latest edition, America was ousted by Ghana. (By Ghana?) If soccer truly had taken root in the U.S. we would be beating all comers.
…Up in Baltimore, they need to dig out the old St. Louis Browns uniforms. Orioles are playing like the Browns (the team they used to be until 1954), so why not dress like them?
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