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Sox fans deserve a better team than they have now; guns and cops and shootings should make for interesting Chicago tourism; pandemics just a part of historical evolution – Chicago Tribune

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Hanging on by a thread: There’s a war going on in Ukraine that may yet spread to all of Europe, Vladimir Putin continues to threaten the use of nuclear weapons and the earth is melting faster than an ice sculpture in July. What’s more, California has no water and grocery stores have empty shelves where baby formula once resided. And yet we’re all pre-occupied with the latest quote from Phil Mickelson or who’ll be the next shady politician to be endorsed by Donald Trump. Is it any wonder our once thriving democracy is now hanging by a thread?

Fans deserve a better team: Watching the White Sox/Yankees series in Chicago was like watching boys playing men. The Sox are what they are: the great pretenders. Go out and pay for proved pitchers. Tony has to go. The game has changed. Get some fresh blood that wants to win. Their fans deserve better.

Sheep and wolves: Here’s a takeoff from a quote in the New York Times. People are often like sheep in danger of serious harm, when wolves are protected and even given freedom to continue their harm to the herd. We can equate that to the Biden’s Democratic administration right now.

Chicago tourism: Summer has begun. The young thugs are downtown battling with police in Millennium Park. This is going to be a very interesting season for the tourists and people that want to go downtown to enjoy the shows and the restaurants. My advice stay home or go to the suburbs. Chicago is now like Detroit and Cleveland.

Pandemics part of evolution: Deaths in the US due to the COVID-19 pandemic have now surpassed 1 million. Worldwide they’re over 6 million. We know viruses have been around for billions of years although we do not know how they originate. But one thing we are absolutely certain of, they are critical to the development and ongoing thing we call human evolution.

Another bad suggestion: Does anyone really think that an excess profit tax imposed on oil companies would not be passed directly on to the consumer? All that would do is raise the price of gas even more. The policies of the guy the Democrats defended raised gas prices, halted oil and gas leases on federal lands and waters, canceled the Keystone XL pipeline, suspended oil and gas leases in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and in New Mexico and rejoined the Paris agreement resulting in new costly regulations for oil companies.

Ukraine tax deduction: I just saw on TV where the United States is proposing $40 billion for Ukraine training and aid. OK, I’ll go along with that. Just tell me how much of that $40 billion is mine because I’d like to deduct that on my income tax for next year.

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