Dunn doesn’t deserve shot from Blue Jays’ GM

Matt HammondAdam Dunn may strike out a lot. He may not hit for a high average. He plays a lousy left field at times. But the Reds’ slugger did not deserve the criticism lashed out by Toronto Blue Jays general manager J.P. Ricciardi.

Thursday night’s edition of Sportscenter on ESPN revealed some comments Ricciardi made during a radio call-in show. When he was asked whether or not the Blue Jays would be interested in Dunn, Ricciardi said Dunn “doesn’t like baseball that much” and he “doesn’t have the passion to play the game” among other things.

 

Dunn may frustrate Reds’ fans at times, but for him to be called out by the Blue Jays’ GM was way out of line. First of all, Ricciardi has enough problems with his team and should worry about those first. His Blue Jays are 35-39 and in last place in the American League East.

  • Written by MATT HAMMOND

Multi-partisan thinking needed in White House

Reuben MeesOver the past nine months, Sen. Barack Obama has repeatedly made two promises to the American public — change and unity.

With the Democratic primary looming close and his nomination as the party’s candidate sealed, it is time for him to start living up to those promises by announcing the person he will have as his vice-presidential candidate.

It’s becoming clear to a lot of people that Sen. Hillary Clinton — a remnant of her husband’s era that interrupted the Bush administrations — does not represent the kind of change Americans want. And having two Democratic senators on the ticket would not represent any real diversity in political ideology, although gender and race would be well reflected.

  • Written by REUBEN MEES

There’s a sucker born every minute

Doug LoehrIs there anyone besides me who is fed up with the ridiculous amount of false advertising, hidden clauses or surprise gimmicks used to lure the consuming suckers of this world like me into today’s market place.

It grates on my nerves when I hear a car commercial on the radio and at the end we have to hear a man’s voice go on for about 10 seconds reading the transaction disclaimer so fast that people (including me) have actually wished they could hit the rewind button on the CD player/radio hoping, just hoping the disclaimer could be heard once again.

 

The same holds true for the small print disclaimer at the bottom of a sale ad on television? Even recorded with TiVo or a VCR it’s impossible to read because the print is not only tiny, but often at a color that blends in with the background.

A few good men

Jane CollinsThe world needs more good daddies. And so I convinced my husband to join me on a twoweek service vacation at a children’s orphanage in Peru this past March with the ulterior motive of providing the kids with the chance — maybe their only one — to have a positive experience with a wonderful male role model. Fully 70 percent of the 560 kids there were fatherless and the ratio of adult women to men caring for them was roughly the same ratio you’d find at a Nordstrom shoe sale.

I was told that kind-hearted men occasionally volunteered at the orphanage but many of them were older and had the intention, but not necessarily the stamina, to play with the children. Enter my husband Mike — a guy who has raised two wonderful sons, knows his way around any sports field and has the strength to toss kids into the air at will. His very presence inspired awe among the tweens (he’s 6-feet-8), and somewhere on my hard drive I have a great picture of him surrounded by cute little Peruvian kids wearing yellow shirts, all measuring themselves against his waistline.

  • Written by Jane Collins

A guilty displeasure

Reuben MeesI feel guilty. I’ve taken to driving again and it’s been over two days since I’ve walked anywhere at all.

I’m not even getting in a halfmile perambulating to and from work and general downtown locales.

Considering in recent weeks, I walked sometimes two to three miles in a single day, that’s a lot of exercise I’m missing out on.

And for what? So I can drive a car again?

While driving can be relaxing — on rare occasions — I really don’t want the burden in my life.

  • Written by REUBEN MEES