Ramblings from Reggie: When will government get out of our lives?

Not much to ramble about this week. The weather has finally turned from winter to summer. Don’t we really miss springs? The Yankees are back on track to win the World Series with Roger Clemens coming on board. Well, that’s what the diehards are saying.

I watched Roger pitch a lot his last year in pinstripes, and I have to say he didn’t have an out pitch. Sure, it’s easy going to the National League and only seeing six or seven good hitters, but life’s different in the Big League! What will make a difference is Moose, Philip Hughes, and others getting healthy. I wouldn’t doubt we see Roger in the bullpen setting up Rivera by the end of the year. By the way, Jackie Robinson comes up today and plays 10 years—he doesn’t smell the Hall of Fame!

When we are young and have babies, the “old” people in our lives tell us to enjoy the time because it passes quickly. That never really made sense to me until now. My daughter is graduating in a couple of weeks from high school, and will be in college in the fall. All I can think is how I remember like it was yesterday taking her to her first day of school. I miss her already, and she’s still home!

Now that the state houses have passed the smoking ban, all I have to say about that is this: When will government bodies get out of our lives? I don’t smoke cigarettes, but let’s remember the government is trying to have it both ways by profiting off tobacco and trying to kill it at the same time. That’s because the legislators have no thoughts of their own—they only do what lobbyists tell them to. You will find them reaching into our pockets in the next few years trying to make up for lost tobacco revenues. The ban was looming when I decided to purchase Swilligan’s The Pub, so this is not a shock. My outrage is not as a bar owner but as a citizen whose rights are being taken away systematically. “This isn’t Russia is it, Danny?”

How greedy are our governments that Pecatonica would even consider the Boone annexation for more than two minutes?

Julie and I went to Altamore’s on Main Thursday night (of course), and she had the special appetizer and dinner and was wowed. That place is always spectacular, and if you have never been there, you owe it to yourself. There is not a better host in town than Alberto, or a nicer guy. Saturday, we went to Michelle’s place in Winnebago called Toni’s. Julie had the Blue Cheese Burger, and I had the prime rib. Julie declared it the best burger she ever had, and mine was also very good. Michelle does a great job, and it was nice seeing her again. By the way, Julie hasn’t had the Swilligan’s burger yet!

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

from the May 2-8, 2007, issue

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