Are school officials wimps? Maybe not in today’s vocabulary but calling off the high school football games in the Phoenix area over the weekend reeks of that word. Why the cancellations? The reason given was the fields were too wet. I’m sorry, but isn’t this football? Maybe they should start wearing skirts too. It’s another example of the coddled society we have become…..Flash! Lindsay Lohan tells Oprah that she is cured of her drug habit. She has been nailed six times for that rap so is she really cured? Keep watching “People” magazine to see. What a twosome: Oprah is a two faced phony now that she has her millions and Lindsay is a drug head. Fortunately, the interview was on Oprah’s TV network so no one watched it anyway…..A lady recently wrote a funny letter to the Republic claiming her pride in being a “wacko bird in a country crowded with leftists.” One example she gave was how the lefties feel the right should be more compassionate and not demand such high standards from school kids. Well, the left owns the public schools so don’t be surprised when you see grads who “can’t make change, can’t read, and don’t know a thing about the history of our country.” The lady makes sense; just ask some recent grads some simple questions….. Here is my beef against the public school system: There are 1,500 third grade kids in Arizona who can’t read properly. That number does not include new language learners. How did the 1,500 make it to third grade without reading comprehension? I’m no genius but when I was in grade school I knew how to read effectively after the FIRST GRADE as did most of my class. Are teachers so compassionate and worried about feelings that they let unqualified kids pass?…..It amazes me that people in the workplace have to be given advice about manners that seem so elementary. Anna Post is a descendent of the queen of manners, Emily Post (1872-1960) and she knows all there is to know about proper etiquette in the workplace. Some of her advice seems like common sense but in today’s work environment I guess it is a necessity. For example, one should stand up when shaking hands with someone. Also, never text or tweet during a meeting and never answer your cell phone while in a conversation with another person. It is a glaring sign of disrespect….. From my experience as a salesman for twenty years, I would add that when making a sales call always dress properly and never mispronounce the buyer’s name…..The Phoenix Suns are doing better than expected but they lack players with the pizzazz the team had when Charles Barkley was playing for them in the 1990’s. The reporters loved Charles who always had a great line when they needed something to boost a column. Charles was once asked if the shoes he endorsed were comfortable. In true Barkley fashion he answered: “Anytime somebody pays you $2 million to wear something, they’re going to be comfortable.” Go Charles!