Last Week, In Case You Missed It: January 29, 2011

What was it you missed if you didnt keep up with Oak Ridge Now this past week? Here’s a sample:

In an effort to become more well-rounded and less dependent upon the musings of middle-aged men, we debuted a couple of new features this week. The first, Dear Margo, is written by Margo Howard, who is Ann Landers’ daughter. She takes up her mom’s role of giving sound advice to those in sticky situations. The next, Lost in Suburbia, is a weekly column by Tracy Beckerman, who was recently named, “Top Blogger” by Lifetime Television’s The Balancing Act, and who is trying to hold on to just a little bit of her cool, pre-mom self.

On the local front, the Oak Ridge High School cheerleaders racked up another win in the Cheer Power Wild West School State Championship, and they’ll be headed to Disney World for the UCA National competition next in February. The ORHS fine arts department is putting on a presentation of Rogers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! January 27-19. No, Mrs. Partridge isn’t in this one, but it stands on its own nonetheless.

In Texas news, our state legislators are in full swing, finding ways to spend or not to spend our tax dollars. Pre-K programs could be on the chopping block, hospitals are worried about budget cuts, and some faith-based groups prayed outside that Capitol that the Texas Legislature would think of the neediest among us when wielding the budget ax. Lawmakers filed a bunch of anti-immigration bills, and the DPS is offering amnesty (if you’re a US citizen or legal resident) for those who owe the state traffic ticket fees. Texas keeps using more coal and wind power and less natural gas for electricity, and finally, polls show that a potential 2012 race between President Obama and Governor Perry would be a dead heat.

In sports, our ORHS boys beat Kingwood on the hard court, but couldn’t keep up with College Park. The War Eagle boys soccer season has kicked off and looks promising for a team dependent upon both freshmen and seniors.

In the funny department, Tom Purcell sticks to his guns with some examples of language that has now become politically incorrect, Will E Sanders is also concerned with modern wordplay, and Will Durst detailed the rules of his State of the Union Drinking Game.

On a more serious note, while Gabby Giffords is recovering in Houston, the same therapy she is receiving isn’t covered by the insurance carried by Iraq and Afghanistan war vets, many of whom also have experienced brain trauma. Tina Dupuy weighs in on the ability for government to create jobs and on Til Debt Do We Part. John Stossel and Peter Funt have their own ideas about the President’s State of the Union address. Bill O’Reilly wonders where all the charitable donations to rebuild Haiti went, Mark Shields remembers Sargent Shriver, and we wonder if we are all living beyond our means.

Finally, Scott Hescht returns with some insight from Ricky Williams, The YMCA wants to help you keep those New Year’s resolutions, and we help you break them with recipes for Rocky Road Squares and Easy Double Chocolate Chip Brownies. All of that and our popular daily editorial cartoons this week in Oak Ridge Now.

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Chuck Briese, Oak Ridge Now

[avatar user="cbriese" size="thumbnail" align="left"] Chuck Briese has been a resident of South Montgomery County since 1988. He and his lovely and patient wife, Leslie, have six sons, with only one left to finish high school. Chuck has been a Cub Scout leader, a Little League baseball coach, a church youth leader, and a general troublemaker over the course of the past 25 years. He is obsessed with his lawn, and likes restaurants that serve food that fills up the plate. He has a tendency to tilt at windmills, which may explain why he started Oak Ridge Now.

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