I'm In The Paper!
Once again, I'm "famous for Boise" -- I got a letter published in the Letters to the Editor of the Idaho Statesman, basically fitting this post into their 200 word limit. It's the 2nd one down:
Several letter writers have made fun of Congressman Sali's proposal to "reduce gravity" as a way of showing his belief that increasing (or even having) a minimum wage is against "natural law." While the concept might be funny, a careful reading of Rep. Sali's draft bill (just posted on his Web site at http://sali.house.gov/) is even more humorous. In one paragraph he says: "The combination of caloric intake, busy schedule, sedimentary profession, and lack of exercise combine to result in an increase in weight in many Americans, including Members of Congress, expanding waistlines and bulges of various sizes and shapes."I was hoping they'd give it a cool title, like "Sali Off To A 'Rocky' Start", but no such luck. To Congressman Sali's credit (and assuming he actually reads the hometown newspaper), his staff hasn't tried to take down or change the offending document.
Sedimentary profession? What does Congressman Sali have against geologists? Don't rock-hunters spend more time outdoors than members of many other professions? Seriously, is it too much to ask that a congressman who ran on a platform of making English the official language be expected to hire staff members who know the difference between "sedimentary" and "sedentary?" While Congressman Sali might think it's a good use of taxpayer dollars to have his staff write "bills" like this, it amazes me that he'd put it on his Web site as if it were something to brag about.