Spring is officially here – even if your thermometer hasn’t yet received the message. The news cycle seems to be sprouting as well, and I’m not just talking about politics, but that does seem like a good place to start… here goes!
McCain staffer is suspended after sending around a YouTube video questioning Barack Obama’s patriotism… and Mike Huckabee is also talking about the Obama-Reverend Wright situation, but it may not be what you’d expect. The former presidential candidate says we need to cut both men some slack, and try to understand the context of not only the statements and the sermons, but that we also need to step back and try to better understand where Rev Wright and others in the congregation are coming from.
I got an e-mail from a friend yesterday with similar observations. I know some of you are ready to leave this discussion and all talk of race in the campaigns behind, but chances are this is not the last time we’ll talk about either one, especially race. So my question for you, dear bloggers, is this: Could this nastiness turn out to be a positive? Could these comments that made so many people uncomfortable be the kick in the pants this country needs to finally tackle “the race issue” head on… to confront our own fears, prejudices and hopes? Let me know what you think.
A big development here in NYC today on that deadly crane collapse last weekend. The inspector who looked at the crane a little over a week before it crashed has been arrested charged with lying to authorities and falsifying his inspection report. Seven people were killed when the crane collapsed last Saturday; 24 were injured. The crane was properly inspected the day before the collapse.
And it is officially March Madness! I didn’t fill out a bracket this year. I normally do, even though I don’t follow NCAA basketball as closely as I should. I love this time of year… spring is in the air, people are fired up rooting for their alma maters or a sentimental favorite (mine’s UConn), most offices are abuzz with competition (let’s be clear – we’re not talking gambling, just friendly competition… sometimes with a cash prize at the end)… the energy is fantastic.
And all the excitement isn’t just for the men’s teams. The one thing that irks me every year is the lack of coverage the women’s teams get. These women are incredible athletes and they deserve just as much attention as their male counterparts. UConn is seeded number one this year, and you can bet the Lady Huskies are always my sentimental pick.
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