Ok, so maybe it’s eleven. But, saying “eleven days to Como Christmas” just doesn’t have the same ring to it. Besides, this was the date that the powers that be gave me for my post. I’d like to blame it on the Comoian but it is probably because I haven’t posted anything since late September. Anyways, I thought, in the spirit of giving, it would be appropriate to suggest some gifts to a few Columbians….
Gary Pinkel, yes this one will be easy. With his recent DWI or DUI (what’s the difference I don’t know, nor do I care. All I know is that you shouldn’t drink and drive), this one is easy. He obviously needs to get a breathalyzer. I think it has been a rather interesting debate surrounding his actions. Most people are in agreement that what he did was a poor example to his players and whether or not the one game suspension and huge fine was waranted. However, what is often not discussed is just how frequently this goes on. We live in a town with many bars and with many social scenes that seem to revolve around drinking. Just how frequently are people really driving safely? What precautions are people really doing to help stop driving while intoxicated? With such a transient community, I’m sure many have forgotten, or didn’t know about a past public figure who did the same thing. When Chuck Graham was arrested, we quickly moved on and forgot about it. Sure, he lost the next election, but the issue of gatherings always requiring alcohol around still remains.
Police Chief Ken Burton. I’d like to suggest to him the book Police Ethics. However, I think someone must have already given him that book last year, after the whole SWAT dog shooting fiasco. It seems he’s gotten a chance to read it. Perhaps he needs to pass it along to some of his officers , especially those that conducted the internal investigation. Or, perhaps it is also time that Chief Burton reviews the policy that allows the investigation to rule that shoving an inmate with such force that causes a broken vertebra to be deemed necessary. But hey, I’m not the only one that thinks so, as a recent editorial and petition have stated.
It is interesting that our very own masked vietnamese grandmother The Comoian hasn’t chimed in in this topic. After all, she prides herself on anonymity. Yet, she really hasn’t taken on too many real issues. Sure, her redacted comment on the gerrymandering of Columbia Wards was actually pretty good, even if it was anonymous. But, since then she’s become the woman who yells at kids to stay off of her lawn. I guess that was to be expected. Except, most old ladies I know will actually come outside to tell me to get off their lawn, rather than just yelling with her blinds drawn. Perhaps The Comoian needs a subscription to The Tribune (I’d link there, but you know what I’m talking about). Or, she could dodge the “paywall” (hey look, I used a term I hear all the twitter journalism professors use) and learn the joys of private browsing mode (Firefox, Chrome, Safari, Explorer). Don’t worry, once you approach your 10 articles you can just close the window and start the month new! Maybe then The Comoian will go back and comment on real issues in Columbia or real things that might be nagging her. (BTW in case you missed it, KBIA’s Darren Hellwege did a great job on that, non-anonymously with The Antlers.)
I’m not anti The Comoian, I’m more disappointed she doesn’t go for real topics. Oh, that and that she continues to try to be anonymous, but that’s a different issue.
Wow, I didn’t mean to get on a soapbox. I blame reading the latest Comian post before typing this for going a bit off-tangent. But hey, at least you know who is posting this and don’t have to just assume who it is.