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At the age of 18 I was a 4th Infantry Division rifleman in the invasion of Normandy, then later was called back for the Korean War. Put in a couple of years as a Pinkerton detective. Much of my life was spent as a newspaper reporter, sports writer and daily columnist. Published three books on high school sports in Ohio and Indiana. I write mystery fiction for Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine and others. Three books, Normandy 1944 - A Young Rifleman's War, The Hoosier Hot Shots, and From Devout Catholic to Communist Agitator are now available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other booksellers. So are four collections of short mysteries: Jack Eddy Stories Volumes 1 and 2, Midland Murders, and The Rough Old Stuff From Mike Shayne Mystery Magazine.

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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Tell Me Why

The head man at the renowned Cleveland Clinic has had to apologize for saying if he had his way he wouldn't hire any more fat people. The fat people are up in arms, crying "Discrimination!"
The governor of Ohio has had to backtrack on lowering the age limit for playing slot machines from 21 to 18. Shouts of "Too young, too immature, too lacking in judgment" have drowned him out.
But hold on a minute. Haven't they been saying that being obese is becoming a leading cause of premature death? Shouldn't people working in the field of health care be setting an example? Apparently not from the looks of employees at any hospital. Is this another case of "Do as I say, not as I do?"
About those slot machines: Why is it legal to play them at horse tracks and proposed gambling casinos in Ohio but not at an American Legion or VFW post? Whose back is being scratched, who is being handed that under-the-table money here? You can bet your sweet ass it's all about somebody's money.
And we're back to that question of why it is just fine to send 18-, 19- and 20- year-olds to Iraq or Afghanistan to get their butts shot off but god forbid the idea of letting them play slot machines.
What exactly does that mean? Why it means that the fate and safety of the nation depends upon people too young, too immature and too lacking in judgment to slip half a buck in a slot machine or drink a beer while doing so. Maybe it also means that veterans never grow up, remain too immature and lacking in judgment to allow slots in their clubs. Surely it couldn't mean that no one would be getting a rakeoff, could it?
Take a step back and look around at the state of the country. See what greed and selfishness has done. Think about those right wingers who say healthcare for all would be too expensive but it's OK to spend more than its cost on wars in remote lands. Oh wait, I forgot. Despite what they tell us about Iraq, it's all about oil. In other words money. Isn't that what life is all about today?


Anonymous Chet Headley said...

Dick, 15 Sep 09

After working overseas for a year I returned to the Falls in the late spring of 1968. At the time I was a heavy smoker with a case of hay fever that was out-of-control. Made an appointment with an allergist in Akron, after the examination the doctor stood there talking to me for a short while. One of the things he asked was if I smoked. Naturally my answer was, “Yes, three packs a day.” He gave me a stern look and said, “You should stop smoking, it’s bad for your health.” All the while he had a cigarette dangling from his mouth.

When I visit a hospital I am amazed at the large number of healthcare workers that I see that are fat and the large number I see standing outside the entrance and exit doors smoking.

Does any of the above qualify as hypocrisy?


2:28 AM  
Blogger Dick Stodghill said...

Sure does.

7:03 AM  

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