Time to let you guys sound off — about everything from Christianity and Nadia Bloom to rotten politicians and my unexpected moment as a game-show question.
Scott, There I was, watching Jeopardy! The category was "Newspaper names" — and the clue was "Scott Maxwell stands guard for this Orlando paper." The contestant got it right with: "What is the Sentinel?" — Doris
Scott, I saw Connie Mack, Dean Cannon and some others endorsed Marco Rubio. Hadn't those guys earlier pledged their support to Charlie Crist? — Jeff
Let's tackle this one, Jeopardy!-style, Jeff: The answer: Soap bubbles, fruit flies and promises from politicians. The question: What are three things with approximately the same life expectancy.
Scott. Thanks for putting everything in perspective [with the disappearance of 11-year-old Nadia Bloom and the man who claimed God helped him find her]. Like you, I had initial doubts about the rescue. But, as you pointed out, we don't have to understand; all we have to do is celebrate one man's faith and its sweet consequences. — Marty
Nicely put, Marty.
Look, not all of us are weaklings who need a giant bearded man in the sky to keep us from killing other people or doing bad things. I am sorry you are so weak that you need some sort of giant all-seeing eye watching you … Do you also believe in alien abductions, poltergeists, Sasquatch? — The Albatross
One thing I believe, Mr. Albatross, is that it reveals a lot about someone's character when they're "brave" enough to condemn and mock others, but too cowardly to sign their real name.
Scott: Your article highlighting the humbleness and Christian faith of the man who rescued Nadia is absolutely brilliant. Good for you, Scott. I am one of those "cold Presbyterians," too, and your column put a log on my fire! — Don
You know, Don, I had one pastor who used to good-naturedly refer to us Presbyterians as the "frozen chosen." But lemme tell ya: What we Presbyterians may lack in charisma, we more than make up for at potlucks.
Maxwell, you stink. — Ray
Ooh, I know! What three words does Mrs. Names utter whenever I get back from a long run … or a Mexican meal?
Scott, if we use commercial craft to put astronauts in space, will there be a limit on overhead luggage? — Dave
I dunno, Dave. But you have to figure the carry-on fees will be astronomical.
Thank you so much for the column on "Retiree raiding" [legislators trying to cut health-care benefits]. When I quit work, I made no more, after 31 years, than $40,000. And I was a college-educated medical disability examiner. I'm living on a fixed income. And they want to take $150 a month away from me? — Mary
Well, Mary, history shows these guys prefer balancing the budget on the backs of rank-and-file residents like you than the special interests who fund their campaigns. The potential good news on this one, though, is that legislators seem to be backing away from this bad idea. But we'll keep watching.
Good news, Scott! I may have a lead on someone who wants to join the Scott Maxwell fan club I am trying to start. I'm hoping that by the end of the year we may have enough members to fill up my Hyundai Elantra for a road trip. — Sam
A five-seater, Sam? You're an optimist.
Scott Maxwell welcomes your thoughts, comments and game-show questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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