Doug’s Random Rants

| Doug's Rants | March 22, 2012

This is the second issue of Santa Clarita Gazette & Free Classifieds. FREE NEWS is now included here and @ SCFREE.COM. You may think to yourself, I can get free news on the Internet anyway. True, but have you heard, more and more newspapers are cutting back on news you can read online and many are now charging to be able to read their publication online. With us it’s free news and free classifieds all the time!  If it’s free…Buy it.  *  When we moved to Santa Clarita in 1997 not knowing a soul, we stumbled upon Grace Baptist Church and Pastor Tom Givens. His teaching and preaching made us feel instantly at home and while we didn’t know him well (very large church) his messages through the years were timely, inspiring and comforting. I especially remember  the Sunday after 9/11 when the church was jammed to the rafters with folks looking for answers, the message he delivered was remarkable. Sadly, Pastor Tom passed away last weekend after a long and difficult illness. *  I wish the powers at be would move the daylight savings time change back to April. I don’t think it’s safe for kids to be walking to school or bus stops in the dark. If the change went back to April, this wouldn’t be as much of a problem. *  The President says if we reduce our demand for oil the price will come down, but if we produce more oil here it won’t. When I took Econ 101 I learned about supply and demand…I guess he missed the supply part of the class.

Recent headlines catching my attention, along with opinionated Rants…

Funds lacking for new sheriff’s station: Everyone (including me) was in a tizzy about this and now we find they don’t have the money to do it anyway!

Divorce means splitting from kids, too: Know a couple going through this now. While it’s none of my business…couldn’t they tough it out for a few years until the kids get older?

Military dad joins race: Not sure if Dante Acosta can unseat Buck McKeon, but with our son heading to Afghanistan, I sure appreciate his efforts to open up communication with the government regarding our soldiers over there.   

Church hit with Graffiti: Unbelievable, words can’t express…

Incumbents for City Council: The Signal endorses Bob Kellar and Laurie Ender. The Gazette endorses Kellar and TimBen Boydston. Boydston’s perceived divisiveness would be good for council and us citizens.    

Obama visits factory: The President proposed creating a $1 billion network of manufacturing institutes and a $45 million pilot institute. I say the same thing I say to my wife when she wants to remodel the kitchen: “Where are we going to get the money?!”

 Redivisioning close: High school sport divisions to change – I say yes! Move those high powered private schools who are able to recruit athletes from anywhere to a higher division, enabling a level playing field for Santa Clarita teams, especially in the playoffs.   

Speculation rampant in desert: Peyton Manning visited the Arizona Cardinals, exploring the possibility of playing for them. As a season ticketholder for the first eight years they were in Phoenix , I say break the bank to sign him. Can you imagine him passing to Larry Fitzgerald!!     

Favorite jokes of the week:

Because I’m a man, I think what you’re wearing is fine. I thought what you were wearing five minutes ago was fine too. Either pair of shoes is fine, with or without a belt looks fine. Your hair is fine, you look fine, can we just go now?

Advantages of being a woman: We get off of sinking cruise ships first, we never have to reach down every so often to make sure our privates are still there, and we can fully assess a person just by looking at their shoes.

Favorite quotes I ran across this week.

“Ambition is a poor excuse for not having sense enough to be lazy.”(Steven Wright)

“You must first have a lot of patience to learn to have patience.” (Stanislaw J Lee)

“One of the keys to happiness is to have a poor memory.”  (Rita Mae Brown)

I welcome your comments (and rants), write me….doug@scfree.net


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