A little bit about a lot of things:
• Well......a lot of disappointed 49er fans earlier this week as the Super Bowl went Kansas City’s way in a sudden turn of events which led to the Chiefs’ victory.
Plenty of people are dissecting the heart-breaking loss by the scarlet-and-gold, who in the late stages of the game appeared to be cruising toward victory......but then suddenly were not as things went off the rails in stunning fashion.
Patrick Mahomes, for one thing.
I thought the 49ers did pretty much exactly what they needed to do for three and a half quarters.....but just like that, it somehow all slipped away in the space of about five excruciating (or glorious, for Chiefs fans) minutes.
A big play here, a key stop there, and the Niner Faithful may have been the ones celebrating this week.
Beyond the commercial and the hype, the Super Bowl was a pretty decent football game between two good football teams who are wonderful stories in their own right.
Andy Reid getting his first Super Bowl win as a head coach, the Chiefs’ first in half a century, Mahomes working his magic, a 49er team that went from a four-win season last year to the game’s biggest stage.....a lot of good story lines were woven into this year’s Super Bowl.
That’s going to sting for a while.....but it was a storybook season and I suspect more good things are in store for the Niners and their fans.
• Are fast food wars breaking out on the West Side?
Even as work on Newman’s Taco Bell proceeds (the Taco Bell signs that went up on the building late last week made it real, didn’t they?) the Gustine McDonald’s is beefing up its game by creating a double drive-through and has plans for building renovation.
City Manager Doug Dunford relayed that news to the Gustine City Council at a recent meeting.
Always a good sign to see companies investing in our communities, and those who are fans of either particular fast food chain will have something to look forward to.....
• Enough, already.
I look around California and wonder if anybody else feels that common sense has taken an exit off the freeway of life in the Golden State.
The latest development which caught my attention is a lawmaker’s proposal to no longer prosecute 18- and 19-year-olds as adults, but rather treat them as juveniles.
Perhaps some could try to make a case for such a bill, but on first blush I personally feel that somebody who is 18 or 19 - and can marry, serve the nation and take on many other mantles of adulthood - knows the difference between right and wrong and is old enough to be held accountable as an adult.
Of course, that leads us to other issues facing California.....a state where voter-enacted Prop. 47 in 2014 raised the level of loss required for a crime to qualify as a felony from $450 to $950 and converted some offenses which were previously felonies to misdemeanors, and prison “realignment” three years prior to that shifted responsibility for low-level offenders to counties in an effort to ease overcrowding in state prisons.
Shoot, as I understand it schools can’t even suspend students for defiant or disruptive behavior. What kind of message does that send?
I am not without compassion. I don’t necessarily embrace a harsh “throw-the-book at ‘em” approach to criminal justice or other disciplinary forums. But a system lacking common sense and fair, appropriate consequences which may discourage bad behavior doesn’t exactly seem like a recipe for success.
Are we truly lending a helping hand to those in need (which I do not oppose) with our approach, or are we simply empowering criminal activity because there is little deterrent and few consequences for committing “low level” crimes......which are not “low-level” if you happen to be the victim.
Have we created a system in which said “low-level” criminals can largely operate with impunity, and know it?
And if so, how on earth did that ever become acceptable? Who, in what world, finds that to be something a society should tolerate?
Why are we seeing proposals to further relax very basic standards to which people should be held?
The element lacking in all of this is one of accountability, and to a degree that reflects societal changes. The concepts of accountability and personal responsibility are, I believe, falling by the wayside, and while some may find that to their self-serving benefit the greater “we” as a whole are not better for it.
Just my two cents worth.....