1. Today is St. Patrick’s Day. St. Patrick lived in the 5th century, where as a young man he was sold into slavery to a sheep farmer and he eventually ended up working in Ireland in the Christian missionary. Legend has it he explained the concept of the Holy Trinity by using a shamrock with three leaves and as they say, the rest is history. Do you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? Do you believe in the luck of the Irish?
2. St. Patrick’s day also means it’s time for corned beef and cabbage. Bishop Daniel Thomas, apostolic administrator of the Diocese of Cleveland, has issued a dispensation so Catholics will not be obligated to abstain from eating meat on a Friday for the memorial of St. Patrick. What do think of his dispensation? Will you eat corned beef and cabbage today?
3. Jeff Ruby, a Cincinnati restaurateur, has promised to buy a steak dinner for every Northern Kentucky University undergrad student if the school beats Kentucky in the NCAA tournament tonight. This is Northern Kentucky’s first appearance in the NCAA tournament as well as their first year of eligibility in Division 1 basketball. Should Northern Kentucky, a 15 seed, beat Kentucky, a 2 seed, the estimated cost of buying a full steak dinner to 15,000 students may exceed $1 million. Should Triv’s restaurant in Strongsville make a similar offer if Kent State beats UCLA tonight?
4. President Trump unveiled his budget and his plan would zero out the $445 million budget for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Should the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) and National Public Radio (NPR) be publically funded?
5. The USA Gymnastics President Steve Penny resigned after he was accused of not responding quickly enough to allegations of sexual abuse within the organization. A report by the Indianapolis Star in December revealed 350 gymnasts had allegedly been abused in gyms for twenty years and that top USA Gymnastics officials mishandled complaints and allowed accused coaches to move from gym to gym. Penny, who has been the head of USA Gymnastics for 12 years, denies any wrongdoing but he has acknowledged he was personally responsible for handing the complaints. Should Penny be criminally charged for his lack of action?
6. Washington Redskins cheerleaders were invited to a 6th grade class at a school in Alexandria, Virginia to participate in poetry reading. As a parting gift, the cheerleaders passed out posters of their official team portrait with them wearing low cut shirts and short shorts. Some of the parents though it was inappropriate to pass the posters out to the pre-pubescent boys. Are the parents right or should they get a life?
7. The Happiest Places to Live in 2017 according to a WalletHub report are in California. Fremont, California is #1 followed by San Jose, Irvine and San Francisco. The only city that made top five not in California is Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Contributing factors include emotional and physical well-being, income, employment, community and environment. Do you think people who live in California are happy?
8. The State Department has issued a warning to all spring breakers who want to travel to Mexico this year. “U.S. citizens have been the victims of violent crimes, including homicide, kidnapping, carjacking and robbery in various Mexican States”. Mexican areas included in the warning report include Cabo San Lucas, Acapulco and Nayarit. Would you travel to Mexico for spring break?
9. The Reputation Institution has released their annual survey listing the top companies based on their worldwide reputation. The top ten companies with the best reputations are: Rolex, the Lego Group, the Walt Disney Company, Canon, Google, Bosch, Sony, Intel, Rolls-Royce and Adidas. Do you agree with the top ten? Are there any other companies that deserve to be on the list?
10. The American Health Care Act will have severe implications for Medicaid in the state of Ohio according to Gov. Kasich and the Center for Community Solutions. They say by 2025, $19 billion would be slashed from the program’s funding. Kasich said, “It’s unrealistic to think that cutting coverage saves any money, since we will only see uninsured people returning to the emergency room for their care and walking away from unpaid bills.” Is the American Health Care Act bad for Ohio?