Cheers to Vikes for great season
Cheers to the Minnesota Vikings for an entertaining season.
While there may be much wailing and gnashing of teeth (not to mention nasty comments left on Facebook pages) from the younger generation, we find ourselves in a more forgiving mood.
Yes, it would have been nice if the Vikings hadn't essentially beaten themselves in the NFC championship game Sunday against the New Orleans Saints.
And it would have been kind of the officiating staff not to have been so willing to help the Vikings along the path to defeat.
But all in all it was a good, close game -- in spite of the Minnesota turnovers, including a heartbreaking interception at the end of the fourth quarter by Vikings quarterback Brett Favre.
Before you gather a crowd to burn Favre and fumble-happy running back Adrian Peterson in effigy, however, consider this: the Vikings would never have been in that conference championship game in the first place without them.
Favre, Peterson and the rest of the offense -- along with a great defensive squad -- gave us a fantastic ride this season.
When things were clicking, and they usually were, the team was an absolute joy to watch.
The Vikings did not make it to the Super Bowl (with the key defensive injuries they suffered, it may be just as well) but they gave us a great show every week, all season long.
We thank them for that.
And in the immortal words of perennial loser Charlie Brown:
"Just wait 'til next year!"
Jeers to the U.S. Supreme Court for its unfortunate 5-4 decision to roll back campaign finance laws.
The court's judicial activism (what else do you call a capricious decision that overturns 100 years of legal precedent?) gives corporations and unions free rein to spend unlimited amounts of money on elections.
It's a terrible decision that will only lead to corruption, and further chip away at the public's trust in elected officials and judges.
In self-defense, it's time for citizens to support public financing of elections.
There is already a public financing bill, the Fair Elections Now Act, with bipartisan support.
The legislation would allow candidates to forego corporate cash and raise enough from small donors to be seriously competitive.
The Fair Elections Now Act is being sponsored by Democrat John Larson and Republican Walter Jones in the House.
It should be supported by all who want to see Congress doing the work of the people -- not corporations or unions.