22 March 2012

Gleanings From Arizona Republic While Waiting For Sweet Sixteen Round of March Madness To Start


And because I need to fill in the hour I usually spend doing the Sudoku puzzle—yes, you guessed right, section E is missing once again: no Christmas tip for you, Mr Paper Deliverer—I spent the last hour perusing the parts of the paper I did receive. I came across some interesting articles.

Erin Kelly, from the Republic Washington DC Bureau, tells us about a bill being sponsored by the junior senator from Massachusetts, a Mr Brown, who surprisingly is a Republican in spite of the fact that MA is a small old northeastern state dominated by one party and a large urban center. I sometimes wonder why the one party states are always Democratic.

It seems that the Irish were short-changed on immigration in 1965 in favor of our Asian and Latino friends. Sen. Brown's bill is trying to rectify that in order to allow more Irish immigrants, especially those with work visas. Ms Kelly also points out that it can't hurt Brown's re-election campaign in Massachusetts where a lot of old Irish immigrants have settled in at the trough. There is some other learned blather in the article so it might be worth it to read the whole thing. I'm not sure whether the Irish have gone back to their poor days or not, when their principal exports were priests, nuns and alcoholics.
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In the same issue of the Arizona Republic, the Valley and State section, we read that Arizona State University plans to partner with the University of Mary for the purpose of allowing their many students starved for theology and Catholic studies to study in these areas. I haven't been here very long but it seems that ASU is often in the papers or on the TV because of their sports programs, and they seem to be led by a very aggressive president intent on expanding the business. I know we have seen bigger schools metastasizing to smaller towns within the same state, but I am pretty sure I have seen it mentioned that ASU plans on expanding into nearby California, apparently judging that CA is becoming too weak to perform up to its former high standards. I think they call this increasing market share. There is a lot more stuff in the article, mainly trying to reassure the common reader that the Roman Catholic Church is not about to take over the state of Arizona.
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And finally, there was an article by Diana Martinez about an elderly Seattle couple who had been attending Mariner spring-training games for around 20 years and said, perhaps ironically and somewhat Yogi-esque, "You can't say that it hasn't helped," when asked if the Arizona version of Mariner baseball might have contributed to their longevity. The couple have been married for 15 years and both are 101 years young.

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