Friday, November 2, 2012

Elections, floods and ghosts, oh my!


By CHRIS MILLSPAUGH

All right, Halloween is over but there are still a lot of folks wearing costumes. Take for instance, policemen, firemen, Forest Service visitor center guides, Cox cable guys, Sun Valley waiters and doormen, Fish and Game officers and Mickey Garcia. I can’t tell them apart.

Hurricane Sandy dominated the news last week, wreaking havoc all over the Eastern seaboard. Could someone tell me why the major TV networks feel that they must make their high-priced talent cover major weather events while standing waist high in turbulent waters, risking their lives reporting these disasters? Is it supposed to make us feel better? I personally don’t want to see Al Roker or Erin Burnett or Anderson Cooper drown in prime time. OK, Geraldo could go.

Hurricane Sandy, Halloween, the World Series, major college football games and the NFL almost made us forget there’s an election coming this Tuesday. Hello? We’ve got to focus and vote. This might be the most important election … ever.

The presidential race is up for grabs and so is the U.S. Senate and state assemblies and the Luna Laws. What we do on Tuesday will affect us for years to come. There will be more major weather disasters as the world’s climate changes. Halloween will come again next year as long as the Mayan prophecies are wrong. 

I think I’ll get myself a self-contained disaster shelter, turn off the TV and vote for the guy who can crossover dribble, head for the house, pull up and sink the 20-foot jumper while singing an Al Green song. But that’s just me. 

Stay dry and in costume and vote early Tuesday and often.

Nice talking to you.

 






Copyright © 2014 Express Publishing Inc.   Terms of Use   Privacy Policy
All Rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part in any form or medium without express written permission of Express Publishing Inc. is prohibited. 

The Idaho Mountain Express is distributed free to residents and guests throughout the Sun Valley, Idaho resort area community. Subscribers to the Idaho Mountain Express will read these stories and others in this week's issue.