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

For The Kids: Amarillo CASA is hosting a week long fundraiser beginning Monday in the parking lot of the Market Street United on Georgia Street in Amarillo. Highlighting the fundraiser will be five custom-made playhouses, which will be up for raffle. All proceeds go to Amarillo Area CASA. What CASA does is enable volunteers to represent the needs of children in court — as an advocate for the child. This is a vital function when it comes to doing what is best for a child who may require someone to look out for their best interests. Speaking of the playhouses, the raffle winners will be announced at 2 p.m. July 22. CASA performs an important role in the community, and taking part in this fundraiser is a good way to find out more about CASA.

TV or not TV: While recently contemplating changing addresses, I was told during a phone call with a rival cable television and Internet provider that my current provider of cable TV and Internet would not be able to provide such services at my new address. This turned out to be totally wrong — if not deliberate. Let’s just say I was not impressed with this attempt to gain my business with erroneous information. You want my business? Fine. Offer me a better deal and I’m all yours.

Star-crossed: A random thought while watching Major League Baseball’s mid season break — the All-Star Game and Home Run Derby — this week. Barry Bonds hit 73 home runs at age 36. So, we are supposed to believe that a 36-year-old Bonds was naturally better than today’s mashers like Bryce Harper and Aaron Judge, who are in their mid 20s, and will be hard-pressed to reach 70 home runs? I’m not buying it. As the years pass from baseball’s “steroid age” and no one comes close to historic home run numbers, the unfair advantage many players had is clear and apparent.

Phone Call of the Week: This week it was an emailer and regular contributor who was — I believe — well-intentioned but completely inaccurate. The emailer claimed global warming has led to “cyclones” with winds measured as high as “2,000 mph.” Regardless of opinions on global warming, claims of winds of this force — 2,000 mph — are a bit absurd. According to a post in 2013 on www.washingtonpost.com (who cited research from Center for Severe Weather Research), the highest wind speed recorded on the planet was 301 miles per hour — from the behemoth tornado which struck Moore, Okla., (my hometown) in May 1999. Winds of 2,000 mph would likely completely obliterate everything.

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