Ramblings from Reggie: Drilling, refineries answer to woes at the pump

$2.1 billion paid out by the Catholic Church since 1950, $660 million just from the Los Angeles Archdiocese. Boston , Phoenix and others have already settled. Where is the public outcry? Where are the congressional hearings? Where are our priorities? Has the church cleansed itself from these monsters? Is this the end?

We still hear the mantra of term limits; we have term limits, and they are called elections.

The way U.S. Rep. Don Manzullo (R-16) and U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Illinois) worked together to get funding for the federal courthouse is a small example of how politicians should be working.

I continue to hear the government needs to mandate cars with high fuel efficiency. Those cars would be small cars. Americans do not want to drive small cars; the media and environmentalists need to get this point. The media carry the torch for the environmentalists, but don’t look around America and see virtually every soccer mom in an SUV. There are always other points in a discussion, and one of the largest ignored points is safety of our children. SUVs protect us.

Why don’t we point fingers at the environmental lobby as to why gas is $3-plus per gallon? If we drilled in Alaska and off the coast of Florida and built three or four more huge refineries in the U.S., gas would be back down to $1.25 in no time. There is a surge in the future inventories, so relief is in sight as soon as the reformulation summer rules ease.

Hug a Thug lost four members already. Will I get a hug if I were pulled over for a seat belt violation? No. This program is deeply flawed. We’ll let you go if you’re selling drugs if you promise to stop, but we will issue parking tickets, seat belt tickets, so on and so forth, and there will be no hug!

I propose a new program. Hug a Cubs (fan). Just maybe we can get your beloved Cubs into the World Series. If you see a person wearing Cubs paraphernalia, go ahead and give him/her a hug. Just maybe it will encourage the Chicago Cubs from continually losing. Julie and I attended a Brewers game last week, and the Brew Crew looks sound. It should be fun to watch them fight it out with your beloved the next couple of months. Summer is in full swing, the Yankees are getting hot, and the Red Sox should soon start their yearly fade. Jimmy Buffet is coming to Alpine Valley in East Troy, Wis., and the natives are wild. Let’s not forget the watermelons are perfect at the 320 Store. Aah, good, old July.

As people who know me have heard, I have spent a fair amount of time on WNTA just as a listener calling in to make comments about the topics dejour. I enjoy a healthy debate, but the problem with that medium is that they control the time. I would spend a shift with a guy like Bruce Butler and balance his unchallenged spewing with another point of view. Economics is always the answer to everything, but two people on a show is always more entertaining than one.

Hope to see you downtown. Remember, GO TO CHURCH and Mulberry, and enjoy the offerings downtowners have for you. Get out of your drab, dull routine, and visit the west side of downtown. The bridges are open and free!

Reggie Roberson is owner of Swilligan’s “The Pub,” 200 N. Church St.

from the July 25-31, 2007, issue

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