Saturday Short List: A little about a lot from the desk of AGN Media Director of Commentary Dave Henry

• Loopy: By now, most of the road construction on the Bell Street bridge in Amarillo is complete - at least the construction which resulted in completely shutting down Interstate 40 near the Bell exit. (Construction on the bridge itself continues.) More than once the past couple of weeks - when I-40 traffic was rerouted near the Bell access roads - I saw social media comments requesting that truckers (18 wheelers) please take the so-called “loop” in Amarillo, and avoid I-40 altogether. From a trucker’s perspective, I’m not sure taking the so-called “loop” around Amarillo helps much. Yes, the recent I-40 traffic jams were a pain in the posterior, but let’s not blame the truckers.

• Trumped Up: The recent column by yours truly asking why Amarillo-area conservatives continue to support President Donald Trump (because if Hillary Clinton had done what Trump has done, Amarillo-area conservatives would be up in arms) generated significant response. (Henry: Why are Amarillo conservatives still behind Trump?, Aug. 5, Here is an interesting comment which has not appeared in Amarillo Globe-News (from an emailer): “Trump has been married three times. Is that worse than being married once and having many wives that you did not marry (Kennedy/Clinton?) King David and his son, King Solomon, are two of the greatest kings who ever lived, and they are heroes of the Christian faith. In spite of their wife problems, they did great things and were great leaders. I am not condoning their behavior or that of Donald Trump. I hope that is all in the past.” I’m not sure I can respond logically to a comparison of Trump to King David or King Solomon (perhaps my favorite biblical character.) Oh, and by the way, King David and King Solomon may be “heroes of the Christian faith,” but both were Jewish.

Simple - But Logical: Despite the fact it was penned almost a decade ago, the statement attributed to U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts regarding how to address discrimination in the nation’s school system is still the best solution I have heard: “The way to stop discrimination on the basis of race is to stop discriminating on the basis of race.” Roberts’ statement can certainly be applied to the admission policies of some universities and colleges, which seem to think that some forms of discrimination are appropriate if such discrimination fits a certain social agenda. Nonsense. Giving preferential treatment to certain individuals based on the color of their skin fits the very definition of discrimination.

Phone Call Of The Week: This week it was a person who sent yours truly a store-bought card. (Not of the Hallmark variety, but still excellent.) The cover of the card included artwork of a polar bear, with the words: “Advice from a polar bear - Live large, be thick-skinned, sniff out opportunities, learn some good ice-breakers, be fearless, keep it cool.” Words to live by, for all of us.