Some random thoughts today:
Smoking must make you blind. Yesterday, I saw two smokers miss the little ashtrays in their cars and throw their butts into the streets. One of those cars had several of those "eco-friendly" bumper stickers on it. Apparently the few extra pounds of cabron dioxide produced by my Jeep every year are far more damaging to the environment than the couple of pounds of tobacco and paper filter they throw on the ground everywhere. There are also dozens of butts lying on the ground right next to the container placed outside our building just for the express purpose of holding cigarette butts. As I like to say, the whole world is apparently an ashtray.
I hope Menasha Mayor Joe Laux follows through on his initial interest in the vacant Oshkosh City Manager position. Joe has twenty years experience as Mayor--running a city where public accountability came with re-election every four years. He also has all of the needed degrees and certifications as well. The number one qualification for Mayor Joe: a great optimism about what his city can do. A refreshing change from the constant complaining we here about state funding cuts and property tax limits. The one catch, Joe will have to sell his house in Menasha and move to Oshkosh. I don't think residents would be too happy with a Manager proposing property tax hikes and not having to share in the pain. In addition, Mayor Joe only rides a bike--even in the winter--and that might be a tough commute in December, January and February.
Finally this morning, I have failed all of you listeners. The Wisconsin Broadcasters Association handed out its "Excellence in Broadcasting Awards" over the weekend--and "My Two Cents" only took 3rd Place in the "Best Editorial" category. You deserve only the 1st place editorial--so I'll start stepping up my game.
While we are tooting our own horns around here. "The WOSH Morning News Focus" took 2nd place in the "Best Newscast" category. Again, we'll see if we can tweak a few things and take First next year.