Ramblings from Reggie: Time to look forward

Bears fans can hold their heads up—it’s better to go to the dance than not.

I never understood why Rex Grossman was anointed king during the three years he was hurt. I think that clouded the reality of the fact he just is not very good. He has bad mechanics and plays scared, probably because of the injuries.

Alert to the pundints of the world: George W. Bush is not running for office. The articles are still being written bashing the president. Why are we not concentrating on who our next president may be and trying to get the lowdown on him or her? What are the Democrat/Republican plans to lead the country?

All we talk about is the past—it’s over. Do any of the candidates have a plan to get out of Iraq? Do any of the candidates have a platform besides bashing or distancing themselves fron Bush? All the new leadership wants to do in Washington is the opposite of what is being done now. Let’s not forget that in the last six years, this country has had 9/11, Katrina, three hurricanes in Florida, and is paying for a war—all while the economy is humming along. Unemployment is low, interest rates are low, and things are good. Let’s build on it and not reverse everything.

Locally, the west side of the downtown is moving along nicely. The old Gas & Electric Building will soon be remodeled and full of new tenants with good-paying jobs. The Coronado has a new director, and we wish him nothing but good luck. We hope he is another Bob O’Brien in terms of ideas and energy.

Business is a little quiet because of the nasty cold front, but this, too, will pass. And the Amerock project is alive and well. I urge the local industrialists to support this project like Ken Hendricks supports Beloit. Where is our Ken Hendricks in Rockford?

One last thought! I hope Ed Hornbeck will reconsider what he is doing with his lot at Church and Mulberry. There is no reason for that to sit empty every night after 5 p.m. Let’s get together and make that a tool to help the local merchants in that area. You have my number.

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

From the Feb. 7-13, 2007, issue

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