Last Week, In Case You Missed It: September 25, 2012

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This past week we’ve learned that you just can’t stick anyone with a striped shirt in the middle of an NFL game and expect things to turn out well. People who do their job really well are just not replaceable. That’s true not only for NFL referees, but for everyone in our community: our teachers, medical professionals, police and fire departments, and everyone else who does their part in our little corner of the world. If you know someone in our area who does their job really well, let us know – we’d like to find out more about them and tell their story. In the meantime, take a look at the other stories we brought you last week on Oak Ridge Now.

Our most popular article of the week was from Robin O’Bryant, who lamented saying (sometimes loudly) to her kids all the things she swore she’d never say. A couple of personal favorites of mine, “Yes, I am the boss of you” and “It’s my house so I get to make the rules.”

In another one of our popular features, Unknown Soldiers, Tom Sileo recounts the conversations he’s had with bereaved family members of soldiers who have given their lives in service to their country, and wonders if we and our leaders have forgotten about them. “Poor is the country that has no heroes, but beggared is the country that having them, forgets.”

We had a bomb threat at the high school that topped our local news, but we also brought you other news from Texas and around the world.

We’re all proud of our great state, and we like to brag we’re better than the rest. Last week the U.S. Census bureau released a report that Texas is indeed tops in the number of individuals without health insurance. This one is a political football that will be debated ad nauseum for probably years, while our emergency rooms get more and more crowded with folks that cannot afford to see a doctor when they become ill. Combine that with reduced spending for Medicaid, and you can see we have a big problem today in Texas – one that will only get bigger tomorrow.

Elsewhere in the Lone Star State, Democrats and Republicans are banding together to plan legislative efforts that more easily permit the sale of local foods. Today you can go to the farmers market on Rayford and buy peaches, but you cannot buy a peach cobbler made from those peaches. It’s nice to see political opponents using some common sense.

Technology has not yet reached the point where you can register to vote online in the state. You still need a written signature on your registration card. You can pick them up at the post office or library, but hurry – they need to be in by October 9 to be eligible to vote in this year’s election.

In national news we want to keep you informed on health care, so we brought you President Obama’s health care record and contrasted that with Mitt Romney’s stance on health care.

Also, last month, as many of us can attest, was the fourth warmest August on record across the globe. It was also the 330th consecutive month with a global temperature above the 20th century average. But climate change is just a myth.

Our opinions section saw John Stossel express his admiration (OK, he gushed) for Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson, had Chuck Norris show his disdain for a UN resolution that he feels would adversely affect gun owners in the U.S., and had Mark Shields listing the questions he’ll never get to ask in a presidential debate.

One of my favorite articles this week is from Bill O’Reilly, who insists that you are a bad citizen if you cannot answer the ten basic questions in his quiz. He says, “But if you fall into that category, there is something you can hold onto. In their wisdom, the Founding Fathers designed a Constitution that gives every single citizen the absolute right to be a moron.”

We also wished that Congress, if and when they ever get back to doing their job, needs to do more to stimulate the economy and grow jobs. In the last of our opinions this week, we run the numbers and explain why churches and charitable organizations cannot come close to replacing the assistance to the poor that the government is providing today. It’s a myth. Just because it’s repeated a lot does not make it become truth.

It’s a mixed bag for our local high school sports this past week. The ORHS tennis team lost its match to College Park, but took out their frustrations on Huntsville later in the week. The volleyball team won an exciting five-game match against Conroe, but the football team is still looking for its first win, after losing a close one to Stratford, and a not-so-close one to Aldine Nimitz. Win or lose, we always have photos of the football game, the band, the cheerleaders, the Liberty Belles, the color guard, and others. We like to think that Oak Ridge always wins halftime.

Finally, our fasion article of the week featured beauty tips from the pros, and Mark Maynard looked at the surprising Kia Rio (really, a Kia), which is rich in features.

All that and our terrific editorial cartoons, last 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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