Dave Richards for July 10th…………
--Is it just me longing for a simpler time or did H. Ross Perot really have some interesting ideas back in the 90’s? I remember the pie charts. They were simple but illustrative. People used to kid him about them. And back then, a lot of people wouldn’t trust him as a politician because he had a lot of money. A LOT of money. Wow, has America changed! Fast forward 22 years and they elected a very rich man who probably never used a pie chart for anything.
Well, we never got the chance to learn if Mr. Perot’s ideas on how to run the federal government would have worked.
When a person passes away, it is customary to minimize talk of the negative or controversial things they may have done. Not so with Ross Perot. In the same statement announcing his death, news services just had to add in that some hold him responsible for attracting voters away from George H.W. Bush and causing Bush’s defeat. I say, “Oh, c’mon, get over it for Pete’s sake!” Perot had every right to run for president if he wanted to. It could also be said that if Mr. Bush had not run that Mr. Perot might have won.
Sure, it’s something to consider, but for other reasons than that. In last week’s Special Preliminary Election in Woonsocket for instance, I remember that candidate Anita McGuire-Forcier held off on the first day of filing when there were two candidates already signed up. Anita didn’t want to be the one to cost the city more money by causing a preliminary election. But after Michael Disney pulled papers, the second special election was mandated and she joined the group. That’s a good and sensitive reason to consider not running. But concerns that you might ‘split the vote’ is not.
Anyway, that’s my opinion on it. And I do miss the pie charts.
--This Friday is the big day for our Levitt AMP Free Concerts in the Park Series. Two of the most popular acts from last year’s concert series are returning to River Island Art Park at 6pm. O.B. Howard from Providence and the rockin’ horns and showmanship of Steve Smith and the Naked Truth will entertain. Another reason we’re so excited this week is this is the week we will be visited by the folks from the Levitt Foundation so they can see what we’ve done with their $25,000 seed money and the progress we’ve made since last year. We certainly want to make a good impression, so I hope we’ll fill the park. Bring your friends, family, and the kids, too – yes there is a whole area of the park designated for the kids to play and games are set up for their amusement.
There’s a large parking lot, but also plenty of parking at the municipal lot at Market Square and in the neighborhood, easy walking distance. Please remember to bring your chairs or a blanket. Food trucks and adult and soft drinks will also be available for purchase if you wish, or you can bring your own cooler.
You’ll have a great time and will be supporting the arts in Woonsocket.
--Here’s a real horror story for you.
I have two friends who are married to each other and have been working hard to establish and raise a family. For their first child they needed medical help. It went well. Further happy news is that they are about to add to that family with twins. I couldn’t be happier for them. In fact, they’re such good parents they make me feel a bit guilty sometimes. I worked a lot when I was raising my family and, while I thought I was balancing things well, I couldn’t hold a candle to my friends.
So you can imagine my thoughts when I read this story on our news wire. A California couple recently got in-vitro assistance and had twins. But to their shock, DNA tests have revealed that neither baby is related to either parent, nor to each other. To make matters worse, the babies have gone to their biological matches and this couple can’t get anyone to tell them what happened to their embryos. A law suit is being pressed. (Duh!) But a law suit will not make up for what has happened.
You’d think people working in the medical industry would be a bit more careful in their work.
--That's what I think. What do you think? Comments to: firstname.lastname@example.org or postal mail to Dave Richards, WOON Radio, 985 Park Avenue, Woonsocket, RI 02895-6332.
Thanks for reading.