In the past few years, there have been a few makeover movies like “The Honeymooners,” “The Absent Minded Professor,” etc, Fair movies. Maybe the movie studios should bring back an all-time favorite: “Our Gang.” I have the characters already lined up. Buckwheat (Harry Reid), Stymie (Frank Gadbois), Spanky (Al Sharpton), Alfalfa (Barack Obama), Froggy (Eric Holder), Porky (Jesse Jackson), the maid Hattie (Nancy Pelosi), Darla (Michelle Obama), and let’s not forget the dog Spot (Hillary Clinton). Can’t you just see all of the Oscar awards coming from everywhere?
And let C. Jack Ellis be the reporter on greeting the nominees on the red carpet. Won’t the critics have a ball?
-- Tommy Arnold
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Can’t take it back
Whenever I hear or see the words “take back our country,” I think of some middle-age white man in the 1950s or ‘60s who saw his country changing in ways he didn’t like and felt powerless to stop it. This is 21st-century America. The country they once knew is gone and can never be “taken back.” Get over it already.
-- William D. Carter
You know you are getting old when:
You need a pocket cue card to remember the names of everyone at a family gathering.
You accuse the postal delivery person of moving your mailbox farther from the house.
You give your college-bound grandchild a box of wide-ruled notebooks and pencils.
You wear a wristwatch or pocket watch.
You think Rita Skeeter is a newly discovered insect and Harry Potter is a vase maker.
You have moved all your medications to the hall closet because the medicine chest is too small.
You have not seen a movie since “Forrest Gump” that you understood, and Barney Fife is still your favorite TV character.
You still believe a rebooting of your computer requires a cobbler.
Your 2010 new pickup has 12,000 miles on the odometer.
Happy New Year everyone.
-- John G. Kelley Jr.
The U.S.A. is producing most of its gasoline and a long-held belief that if we could produce our own gas it would be cheaper is coming true. In the news it is often mentioned the gas and oil companies will have to lay off thousands of workers because of the low prices. I find this strange as they will be selling more gasoline because more people will be driving more. Like any business, when you have to produce more of your product, your employees have to work longer hours. You maybe hire more help, not lay them off.
I think the super rich are having a tantrum because they wanted the huge profits the Middle East oil countries were making. It may not go in their pockets. At least the Middle Eastern countries built new cities, advanced education and shared the profits to a point with their citizens.
-- Gary D. Gordon
The editor’s note at the end of a recent letter, “The war is over,” caught my attention. The war is over, but many who enjoy Civil War history and the years 1865 until 1877 find that those years are significant as it relates to our problems with racism today. The divisions created back then are still with us. Their repercussions have far-reaching results that may worsen in days ahead.
-- Dwight Poole