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Opening Arguments

Hunker down

There is some good advice in this Indianapolis Star editorial, but the overall tone seems to be, "Just give up and go with it."

A Friday holiday makes any weekend a great time to get away, but we recommend that you forego travel and stay near home to celebrate the Fourth of July.

Need a reason? We'll give you three.

The first reason given: Gas prices up, economy down. Fine, save that gas money. That should add a day or two to your retirement income before you kick off.

No. 2 is: Local parades, festivals and fireworks. Granted, there are fun things to do locally. But those things are always here. The point of a vacation -- even if it's just a three-day holiday weekend -- is to add traveling to fun to make it an adventure.

And the third reason: What's good in America is right in our own backyard. Sorry, but that's just a shameless repitition of No. 2 to give the editorial writer the opportunity to end the editorial on a patriotic high note. "We live in relatively safe, thriving communities with excellent schools and a top-notch quality of life. Americans can vote, speak freely, assemble, petition the government and bear arms."  What the hell do the rights to speak freely and bear arms have to do with how we should spend our free time?

Oh, well. I'm taking the holiday weekend as an opportunity to get out of town. To visit my sister.

In Indianapolis.

But I've seen her backyard, and it's no big deal.

Posted in: Hoosier lore


Bob G.
Thu, 07/03/2008 - 8:30am

Just goes to show that I was right when I thought the Indiana motto was:
"Deal With It".
Been told that way too many time since moving here...and by all the wrong people for all the WRONG reasons.

I stay home on the 4th for one VERY good reason:
I want to make sure MY HOUSE doesn't become the neighborhood's next "target for amusement".

Helluva way to live...
Yeah...heard that before.



judy morris
Thu, 07/03/2008 - 4:06pm

hey, milo loves my backyard.......lol

Harl Delos
Thu, 07/03/2008 - 5:14pm

I suppose that discussing women's "backyards" would be impolite in some parts of the country, but not in Fort Wayne, where for decades, the most powerful broadcaster in town had a theme song in which Nancy Lee and the Hilltoppers sang of sex in the barn....

Steve T.
Fri, 07/04/2008 - 10:53am

"What the hell do the rights to speak freely and bear arms have to do with how we should spend our free time?"

Good point, but of course all us recreational gunners know that strictly speaking there are plenty of pure fun projects we may choose to enjoy with some of that free holiday time from plinking to repairs to cleaning, stripping, sanding, polishing, ad infinitum...