Here are some of your responses to Mike's last column...
Ryan C. in Austin, Texas, writes: A Grrr column without a single Grrr? Instead, we get ANOTHER story about an idiot (Paris Hilton) whom no one really cares about. I kept reading, waiting for the real column to begin, but it never happened. If you keep this kind of garbage up you will lose readers! Next story about her and I am gone.
CJ in Hendersonville, N.C.: Mike, Of all the people in this country who have restricted licenses, she is the one person who can well afford to pay someone to drive her drunk butt around. She says she's not dumb. She should give any money she makes off this media crapfest to victims of drunk drivers. Love your column, keep up the good work.
Susan in Delaware: After reading the grrrs this week, all I can say is "ouch." All that venom probably knocked you right off your elevator shoes. Jane L. and the leech comment? I wouldn't be surprised if you went home and took a shower. You are still loved and much-read in this Delaware household.
Glen B. in Shalamar, Fla.: I am not a betting man but it's hard to turn down a sure thing. With all of the goof advice that her parents are feeding her I would be willing to bet $20 ... heck make it $100 that Paris will be arrested prior to "Father's Day" 2008. Any takers! Oh, and if I lose I'll donate another $100 to Paris' favorite charity.
Roy B. writes: Years ago, it was considered an obligation of the wealthy to act as their social standing demanded and to contribute something to a society that allowed them to reach this standing. It is quite obvious that present day wealth carries none of these obligations and indeed the wealthy of today seem to consider themselves more along the lines of the ancient Romans. Give the poor a loaf of bread and then run them down with your chariot. Just remember that the Roman empire fell because the wealthy rotted away from lead poisoning caused by the trendy fashion of cooking in lead pots. Perhaps the wealthy of today will find a similar poison. We can only hope.
Kristin S. passed on this obit of Common Sense: I received this from a friend and it made me giggle — or angry depending on how much I thought about it. Have a great day!
has been with us for many years. No one knows for sure how old he was,
since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape. He
will be remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as:
Knowing when to come in out of the rain
Why the early bird gets the worm
Life isn't always fair
Maybe it was my fault.
Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies (don't spend
more than you can earn) and reliable strategies (adults, not children,
are in charge.)
His health began to deteriorate rapidly when well-intentioned but
overbearing regulations were set in place. Reports of a 6-year-old boy
charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate; teens suspended
from school for using mouthwash after lunch; and a teacher fired for
reprimanding an unruly student, only worsened his condition.
Common Sense lost ground when parents attacked teachers for doing the
job that they themselves had failed to do in disciplining their unruly
children. It declined even further when schools were required to get
parental consent to administer Tylenol, sun lotion or a Band-Aid to a
student; but could not inform parents when a student became pregnant and
wanted to have an abortion.
Common Sense lost the will to live as churches became businesses; and
criminals received better treatment than their victims.
Common Sense took a beating when you couldn't defend yourself from a
burglar in your own home and the burglar could sue you for assault.
Common Sense finally gave up the will to live after a woman failed to
realize that a steaming cup of coffee was hot. She spilled a little in
her lap, and was promptly awarded a huge settlement. Common Sense was
preceded in death by his parents, Truth and Trust; his wife,
Discretion; his daughter, Responsibility; and his son, Reason.
He is survived by his 3 stepbrothers: I Know My Rights, Someone Else Is
To Blame, and I'm A Victim. Not many attended his funeral because so few realized he was gone.
the chef on the morning show say, "This calls for ground Croatian
whatever, but you can use oregano, and it's OK."
someone else — while another person is waiting to use it. Or, the
person who's doing a lot of sets on a machine, and you ask, "Can I work
in?" and answers, "no."