A column about history, culture, policy, and things in between.
This is my one-hundredth posting. I don't keep track; the only reason I know is that the software of this program tracks the number of entries and displays it on a file-manager page. So - I thought I would do some reflecting on the last ninety-nine entries.
Local stories, public health, music, economics, politics, sports, history, and reflections on our culture have constituted my subject matter. In no particular order, the five most viewed postings of 2008 have been:
"And to this Declaration we pledge our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor".
Ford - General Motors - Chrysler. Once American icons - now the Dwindling Three.
Before I go any further I want to indicate how serious this matter is to me on a personal level. I work for a company that does a lot of business with the domestic automobile manufacturers. Many people that I am happy to call friends and co-workers depend on that business for their livelihoods. So I write with that sobering backdrop.
I did not think I would ever see a tennis match as good as the Wimbledon Final of 1980, which matched the stoic Swede Bjorn Borg against the brash and temperamental New Yorker John McEnroe. I remain too jealously protective of the sports legends of my youth to say it was better, but honesty forces me to acknowledge that last Sunday's Wimbledon final between the Swiss Roger Federer and the Spaniard Rafael Nadal was at least its equal.
I'm a big Sheryl Crow fan and heard her song Steve McQueen the other day. It's half anthem of rocker-rebellion and half tribute to a Hollywood King of Cool.
The decision has been made and Aldi's is coming.
There was no reason to deny Aldi's occupancy of that building, and the Town Board's unanimious vote to appove it showed good sense and judgment. Competition is efficacious for consumers, and our community will now have an additional option for grocery shopping. This can only be a good thing, particularly at a time of rampant inflation in food prices.