News From Terre Haute, Indiana


September 27, 2012

RONN MOTT: ‘Catching Up’

POLITICS: Ann Romney as chairperson for the Bridge party gala at her country club; Michelle Obama, the next senator from Illinois. (The difference is so obvious.)  

CATS: Magic, the middle cat of our cat entourage, had a virus and spent the night at the veterinary clinic while the wife was left to administer medicine for more than a week afterwards. Ooh, Magic didn’t like that! But he is well and his young self again. Meanwhile, the black top of my automobile looks as if it’s growing blond hair. And that’s because our youngest Orange Tabby, Mellow, loves to rest on top of the car. (He’s so cute up there I had my wife take a picture of him while he was resting.)

THE MUSLIM WORLD: It’s time for the Muslim world to get into the 21st century. It’s going to be difficult because the Muslim world and its religion are all about control. And since the Koran controls every aspect of their lives, that’s what the young people go to school to learn about. (And that’s why the young men are, almost to the single man, unemployed.  That is why they do not make good jet mechanics. ‘Nuff said.)

THE NFL: Boy, what a bad mixture greed and stupidity is. The NFL is always talking about integrity and yet they’re willing to sacrifice the game for a few measly dollars. The difference between what the NFL is willing to pay, including pensions, is chump change. Without the professional referees, the game is suffering and will continue to suffer. (The next thing you know, Jerry Jones will be running for President, and you can bet your bottom dollar he won’t be on my favorite party ticket.)

THE INDIANA LOTTERY: The Indiana government is outsourcing the lottery business. I thought it made enough money to support itself and things like roads and schools. Evidently, it doesn’t. It’s being outsourced to a private business whose job it will be for them to make a profit. If they can do that, why can’t the State do it? (I haven’t won yet, and I don’t know anyone else who has, but I have a feeling it will be fewer than that down the road.)

THE WEATHER: I’m writing this on the first day of autumn. The morning was cool and crisp, just like an autumn morning should be. I have a hunch the winter will be extreme. It will either be very warm or very cold. (How’s that for a good guess?)

COLLETT PARK: I’ve said this before, but I will repeat it here … I’ve met some of the nicest people and some of the nicest dogs in my walk around the Park which occurs at various times during the day. We are fortunate in this city and county to have some of the nicest parks imaginable. All of us who live near Collett and participate in its availability, appreciate the efforts of the Parks Department. (Some of the dogs I have met most recently were Jeannie, she of the light brown hair, Zeus and Tyme. I think it’s amazing how much thought is gone into naming dogs. I have yet to meet an Old Shep, Spot or Fido.)

Ronn Mott, a longtime radio personality in Terre Haute, writes commentaries for the Tribune-Star. His pieces are published online Tuesday and Thursday on, and in the print and online editions on Saturday.

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