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Roger on Main StreetThe latest bad news

It isn’t the news media’s fault that most of what we hear is bad news. With global terrorism, local violence, and the weather, news that’s good seems to be in short supply.
The murders in Tucson are the latest example of bad news that can’t be ignored. It’s no wonder the event has dominated this week’s headlines. A disturbed and determined person with a grudge against the government became explosive.
The problem is identifying these people before they act. The nation discovered that years ago with the blowing up of the federal building in Oklahoma City.
Disease once killed off many people prematurely. Medical science found preventions and cures for many of those diseases. Maybe human beings can figure out how to deal with the kind of uncontrolled rage that leads to violence. Meanwhile, common sense should tell all of us not to encourage it.

Cold enough for you?

It was so cold … pickpockets were sticking their hands in strangers’ pockets just to keep them warm.
It was so cold … squirrels were throwing themselves at an electric fence.
It was so cold … I chipped a tooth on my soup.

Indian lore

The Indians asked their chief in autumn if the winter ahead was going to be cold or not. Not really knowing the answer, the chief told them that the winter was going to be cold. Members of the village, he ordered, were to collect wood to be prepared.
Being a good leader, he went to the next phone booth and called the National Weather Service. “Will this winter be a cold one?” he asked.
“This winter is going to be quite cold, indeed,” came the reply.
So the chief went back to speed up his people to collect even more wood to be prepared. A week later he called the National Weather Service again. “Is it going to be a VERY cold winter?”
“Yes,” came the reply. “It’s going to be a VERY cold winter.”
So the chief went back to his people with orders to go out and find every scrap of wood they possibly could.
Two weeks later he called the National Weather Service again. “Are you absolutely sure that this coming winter is going to be VERY cold?”
“Absolutely,” came the reply. “The Indians are collecting wood like crazy!”

Kid joke

A second grader came home from school and said to her grandmother, “Grandma, guess what? We learned how to make babies today.” The grandmother, a little surprised, kept her cool. “That’s interesting,” she said. “How do you make babies?” ‘”It’s simple,” said the girl. “You just change “y” to “i” and add “es.”

Last words

1) Don’t sweat the petty things. Don’t pet the sweaty things.
2) I used to eat a lot of natural foods until I learned that most people die of natural causes.

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