Term Limit Terminology: Referencing a recent Amarillo Globe-News editorial (Editorial: Take it to the limit with — term limits, Feb. 8, amarillo.com), a caller who identified herself as a retired teacher questioned the motivation of elected officials/candidates who slap term limits on themselves. Paraphrasing, the caller said some elected officials/candidates may have “ulterior motives” with term limits by promising to stay in office just long enough to be eligible for the benefits/perks/goodies available to former lawmakers who are regarded the same as retired government employees when they leave office. It is a valid point, and something to consider about term limit pledges.
Play Ball: Amarillo’s new baseball team is starting to get attention. The website www.milb.com recently had a post about the official groundbreaking ceremony for Amarillo’s multipurpose event venue (Batting Around: Amarillo breaks ballpark ground.) And a pat on the back to www.milb.com for citing Amarillo Globe-News for its coverage of the groundbreaking. (What is amazing to me is that some Amarillo residents, according to social “media,” are still under the illusion they are paying for the MPEV. For the umpteenth time, the MPEV is being funded by a hotel occupancy tax, but I digress.) Evidently, Fred Casteel in Panama City, Fla., saw the post, and offered yours truly a suggestion for the as-of-yet unnamed Amarillo team, “How can you take any name but Amarillo Armadillos?” Catchy, I have to admit.
Fan Out: Speaking of baseball, I found this quote from Tony Clark, executive director of the Major League Baseball Players Association, interesting (www.latimes.com), “This year, a significant number of teams are engaged in a race to the bottom …. (this) is a fundamental breach of the trust between a team and its fans and threatens the very integrity of our game.” Clark was referring to a lack of free agent signings in MLB, alleging collusion among team owners. Clark may be right. He may be wrong. However, don’t think the fans care one bit about this lack of free agent signings — because they do not. Fans do care about winning, but they also care about ticket prices. Clark should stick to speaking for MLB players, because he does not speak for the fans.
Phone Call of the Week: This week is was a reader who informed me that “fake news” is nothing new. The reader sent me a video clip of Sammy Davis Jr. on an episode of “Laugh-In.” The clip shows Davis and Joey Bishop (at least I think it is Bishop), sitting at a desk in an “official Washington, D.C. press office.” The clip is hilarious, as Davis and Bishop embellish a news story about a Russian fishing vessel. By the time Davis and Bishop are done dressing up the story, World War III has erupted.