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The Rant

Wednesday, November 14, 2012 - 12:01 am

The Rant is The News-Sentinel's anonymous sound-off forum. The readers' views expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of The News-Sentinel.

Fitness centers are for all. The heavyset (politely said) bald individual, singing and talking out loud during a recent workout should be informed that he needs to be considerate of all others.

While waiting in line for coffee, a 40s-something suit, driving a Mercedes, stepped into the line ahead of us. Your status or presumed one does not entitle you to think you are better than others waiting. Fortunately, my wife moved in front of you and, with your lack of patience, you left.

Congratulations to pollster Nate Silver, who was the target of anti-statistics and anti-gay derision of Republicans, such as Joe Scarborough, Jonah Goldberg and Rush Limbaugh, for proving them all wrong by correctly predicting the presidential election results for all 50 states (including a virtual tie in Florida).

Dear 40s-something male shopper in … (a local retailer) on (a recent) Sunday morning: Having your cart block the aisle while you block the other half while shopping is not acceptable. While I said excuse me twice, you seemed to feel you were being bothered. Try to remember you do not control the store and have a better day.

By the way. Where is the mighty Donald Trump during the tragedy on the East Coast? … Surely he can see the damage from the top of his ivory tower.

To the teenage brother and sister who went with mom to the grocery: Grow up or stay home! You bothered every shopper chasing each other, slapping and kicking at each other. I had to take cover!

Smart people question the status quo and challenge authority in an intellectual way.

The drug war seems to really be working. If, by working, you mean gifting billions of dollars to murderous criminal organizations.

Whose bright idea was it to have a large fire on the edge of the parking lot on election day at my polling place, St. Mark's church? The smoke engulfed the parking lot and left my car and clothes smelling terrible. Add in the very poor lighting in the voting machine area, and maybe it's time to consider moving the polling location.

As I sat at the intersection of Crescent Avenue/Coliseum Boulevard, I watched a car blow through the red light. What surprised me was the police car in front of me did nothing! Hey officer, did you have a blindfold on! Police officers need to get serious about ticketing red-light runners, as well as texting and driving.