The staff of the Fishers Parks and Recreation Dept. deserves to take a bow. Typically, these folks labor in relative obscurity, and they do a lot of heavy lifting behind the scenes to make sure a well-rounded program is presented to our town. The members of the department have worked hard to add programming, and they’re always helpful to the residents. It seems to us to be a well-oiled machine – and you won’t find us characterizing a government agency as such very often. Next time you see a department member, give her or him a well-intentioned pat on the back.
* * *
Through our untrained political eyes, we view President Barack Obama actually defining what challenger Mitt Romney represents for and to the American people. If that truly is the case, Romney had best assert himself, or it’ll be lights out before the game ever begins. It’s something for all of us to watch. Tell us if you disagree.
* * *
A friend recently told us his daughter is fired up for school … which, for her, begins next Monday. She attends a private school, but, still, whatever happened to summer? Back in the day, which is how it should be today, we were out the first Friday in June, back the day after Labor Day. If this kid we know wanted to go to summer camp, for instance, she would have barely made it to the fourth of the traditional eight weeks – given most camps’ calendars. There is too much time off during the year. We believe 180 days can be achieved and still give the kids a full summer.
* * *
The Department of Energy, which was created in 1977 to lessen our dependence on foreign oil, has beefed up to 16,000 employees and an annual budget of $29.5billion. Oh, and we now import oil more than ever. What a joke! Sounds like a “green” initiative to us. And how!