On a Memorial to CVG

After quickly passing through initial security and now sit at my gate at the Greater Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG), I notice the wide concourse halls with only a scattering of people. My mind, however, flashes to the times when CVG served the hustle-and-bustle as Delta’s #2 hub.

I recall the days of the old concourse and its tight quarters before Delta’s 1980s building boom, which included 3 new terminals. Terminal C served the Delta Connection service that helped build a thriving complex.

I recall the days when reasonably priced flights were available to many nonstop destinations. Yet I also recall the times thereafter when prices soared to make CVG the most-expensive ticket market in the country – which forced many Cincinnatians to use alternative airports as Dayton, Columbus, Louisville, Lexington, or Indianapolis.

I recall the industry’s struggle after 9-11, followed by Delta’s acquisition of Northwest – all of which led to the current situation.

Today, terminal C is closed, and Terminal A will close soon – leaving the beautiful monument to serve as a testament to the days gone past.

Years ago the CVG airport board put all its eggs into the Delta basket and rode the wave of success – yet today, the same board holds the keys to vacant buildings and without services from Southwest, Air Tran, Frontier, Jet Blue, nor maximum services from other major carriers.

Many people have lost jobs – yes, we know them. Delta transferred others to another hub – yes, we know them too – and others will lose jobs in the time to come. So cheers to the monument of the short-sighted members of the CVG airport board.

On Fast Fingers

Last week wasn’t my best week as I missed several days of posting. Then again, life has its way of finding periods of frantic paces for all of us. I hope this week will be more normal.

Fingers and hands  are a very specialized body part as various primates have different finger-hand structure for different adaptations. Checkout this amazingly fast human fingers in the mirror. Meanwhile, have a good week.

On a What-If Election

I know health insurance reform is now passed, but this is a different question that actually isn’t directly related to a signature. If the next presidential election were today, would I vote to re-elect President Obama?

Before giving my answer and reasons, I must say that I did not vote for either Senator McCain or President Obama in November 2008 because candidates must earn my vote. Also, keep in mind that through numerous posts on this site, I have demonstrated that I am not a partisan ideologue.

Regardless of the Republican opponent, if the next presidential election was today, I could not vote for President Obama for two main reasons.

First, he ran on being a bipartisan that unites; yet he has relied on the partisan Democratic leadership in Congress to exercise their bully pulpit. I continually point to the Economic Stimulus bill as an excellent opportunity to veto in order to set a tone. Although I do not approve the Republican “No” tactic, I will place much blame on the Obama-Pelosi-Reid link.

Secondly, to his credit, the President is willing to address big, important issues. On the other hand, his tactic seems more akin to the high school student who starts a major term paper the night before it is due and expects an A or B because of its timely completion. The overshadowing of his interest in doing something over doing something well is both obvious and unexpected to me.

David Brooks’ descriptions of President Obama from both the right and left perspective as right on because of the nature of partisan politics. On the other hand, I disagree with Brooks’ description of the president as a center-left pragmatic reformer because I have yet to see the “center” part of that equation.

So far, President Obama (and seemingly unknowingly) is on the path to one-term mediocrity. Maybe the best thing he needs for charting a new course is for Republicans to gain control of at least one Capitol Hill chamber.

A note to Republicans: At this point, regardless whom you run, at this point you do not have my vote because you remain clueless when it comes to meeting the needs of the people and the country. At least President Obama has a few more years to change my mind.

On the 2010 Cincinnati Reds

As a life-long Reds fan, the approaching season is full of anticipation and hype – yet my pragmatic nature seemingly tempers any favorite-team optimism. Besides, the Reds have had nine straight losing seasons!

Although baseball economics features the annual battle between the haves and the have-nots have jilted my overall enthusiasm for the game, baseball is still a season I enjoy the game and will faithfully follow my team.

Here is my spring training preview of the upcoming season with No Doubts and Questions.

No doubt, Joey Votto can hit; but what will the Gomes-Dickerson platoon produce in left?

No doubt, Brandon Phillips can field; but will he elevate his offensive numbers?

No doubt, Scott Rolen is a leader; but will he remain healthy?

No doubt, starting and relief pitching are a strength; but will Aaron Harang and Branson Arroyo combine for 26 or more wins?

No doubt, Jay Bruce has a strong arm in right field; but which Jay Bruce will be at the plate –the pre-injury or post-injury version?

No doubt, CF Drew Stubbs helped the offense during the last six weeks; but can a guy with too many strikeouts be an effective leadoff hitter for an entire season?

No doubt, Shortstop Orlando Cabrera will help the offense from the right side; but will he combine with Rolen and Ramon Hernandez for 50 HRs and 200+ RBIs?

I have said for several years that the problem lies in the offense; but will the offense improve its 2009 numbers? 2009: Runs (12th), Average (15th), At Bats (11th), Average with runners in scoring position (12th), with two outs (11th).

Oh well, one thing about baseball – the long season does a good job of sorting.

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On a Dancer from the Past

With tonight being the start of Dancing with the Stars – Season 10 (and that we watch the show that got us started with ballroom dance), today is a perfect opportunity to look back at two dance legends: Fred Astaire and Eleanor Powell.

They seem so effortless in this 1940 tap-dancing clip. Enjoy a look at the past and have a good week.