I’ve got writer’s block this week. Must have too many things on my mind.
I could talk about the weather but I’ve already done that, and it didn’t help. Until this week, it’s been mostly wet and cold.
I could talk about the Russians invading Ukraine, but what good will that do? Russian Premier Vladimir Putin won’t give President Obama the time of day, much less a newspaper man in little ol’ Gadsden County.
I could talk about the Florida Legislature and its meddling in the state retirement system, and how it will affect a lot of people in this area. But the legislature’s determined to “fix” something that ain’t broke. Sound familiar?
I could write about North Korea beating its chest while US and South Korean forces conduct war games, something the North Koreans like to do regularly. But people hardly take note of what the government in Pyongyang says anymore.
I could write about the dismal economy, especially in smaller communities like ours, and how mom and pop businesses are dropping by the wayside. But that won’t make business any better.
I could write about our political parties, how their stubbornness and pettiness keep issues from getting resolved. How they won’t compromise until we’re on the brink of disaster. But that’s the way things are done, or should we say not done, in our nation’s capital.
I could write about Daylight Saving Time, which I actually like, and why we don’t just move the clock ahead 30 minutes and then leave it alone. Then maybe Arizona and Hawaii would jump on board. Right now they are the only two states that don’t observe it. But that’s their business.
I could write about the outrageous cost of health care and who’s to blame – the lawyers, doctors or insurance people. Or that Obamacare is getting off to a shaky start and will probably cost us even more. But I doubt anybody understands the bill in its entirety. It’s a work in progress and we’ll just have to wait and see what kind of creature it morphs into.
I could write about the use of ethanol and how it actually costs more money to produce than gasoline but is less fuel efficient. But we already know ethanol is part of our national energy policy to wean us from fossil fuels regardless of how many weed-eater engines it ruins. Or, for that matter, how high it drives corn prices.
I could write about government subsidies that cover the gamut from growing crops to paying rent. But we all benefit in some form or fashion whether we agree with them or not.
I could write about all these things, and more. But I won’t. I have writer’s block.