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THE PONCHATOULA TIMES, DECEMBER 23, 2010, PAGE A-2 Dave Berwick Blimey! By DAVE BERWICK Times Columnist Blimey me. Just when you think the world has sunk to its lowest possible level some- thing so hideous happens and then new depths are found. The world sinks to even lower depths. The hideous deed I am writ- ing about is the horrible attack on Prince Charles and Camilla on their way to the opera Blimey, what hooligans, bad form, blackguards! These are the words I thought as the fu- ture King of England was sur- rounded by a bloodthirsty mob who would surely have torn the royals to pieces if they could have extracted them form the royals' Rolls Royce. The car, no doubt damaged beyond repair or surely not worthy for nobil- ity to ever ride in again, had the windows smashed, the sides kicked in, the body scratched to pieces, and things stuck to the Rolls too nasty to mention here. I almost forgot to mention the gobs of white paint that were splattered all over the royals' Rolls Royce. Blimey me! What on Earth happened to that old Brit- ish rule about, "keeping a stiff upper lip under fire?" Crown Prince Chuckie was in a panic. He was scared out of his wits. Blimey me, what happened to all that military training he was given Oh Blimey me, where is Brit- ish Civilization? To act in such a violent manner one cannot be civilized. I've heard a million times how much more violent Americans are when compared to their British cousins. Blimey they didn't look to civilized to me! Not since 1918, when the Czar of Russia, and his whole family, including the dog, were gunned down by the Bolshevik thugs has such a dastardly act against royalty been perpetrat- ed. But this incident proves that there is a huge gap between "the haves" and "the have-nots". "The haves," that would be the English Royalty, had no thoughts that things were that bad. They can't see why they were attacked. The "have nots" (that would be you and me) had just found out they had less, that being no free schools at the university level. All will now pay. This didn't set well with the English youth and hence their terrible deeds. I can see their point and I'm sure if I were a young man I might have acted in the same manner. Blimey me, if I were Brit- The Ponchatoula Times Published by The Ponchatoula Times L.L.C. Established October 1, 1981 Print Edition Published Thursday of every week at 145 West Pine Street, Suite A Post Office Box 743uPonchatoula, LA 70454-0743 SUBSCRIPTIONS $25 A Year In Tangipahoa Parish $30 A Year Outside Tangipahoa Parish ($5 Discount for Seniors) Gift subscriptions offered at same rate --24 Hour Telephone Line-- 985/386-2877 INTERNET EDITION http://www.ponchatoula.com/ptimes/ E-MAIL editor@ponchatoula.com U.S. Periodicals Postal Permit No. 666730 Postmaster, address correspondence and changes of address orders to : P.O. Box 743, Ponchatoula, LA 70454-0743 Bryan T. 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Box 743, Ponchatoula, LA 70454-0743 We accept VISA/Mastercard OFFICIAL JOURNAL City of Ponchatoula, Ponchatoula Area Recreation District, Madisonville Wooden Boat Festival, Louisiana Furnishings Industries Association ' MEMBER Louisiana Press Association, Gulf States Automotive Writers As- sociation, Texas Auto Writers Association HONORS Louisiana Press Association Freedom of Information Award, 1st Place Investigative Reporting, 1st place Editorial Writing, Gibbs Adams Award for Investigative Reporting, Brown Pelican Award for Environmental Reporting OFFICE HOURS 8:30-Noon, 1-5 p.m. Monday-Friday -- Closed Tuesday Afternoons ish nobility I'd adopt a stay-at- home policy for the near future. It might be wise to stay in Buck- ingham Palace in seclusion un- til the whole thing blows over. Oh blimey me, I just come up with an idea. The British roy- alty could sell what they have and give to the poor so they, the poor that is, could attend the universities. Happy Anniversar00 December 23 - Calvin & at- ty Neihaus, Barry & Sherry Ed- wards, Buck & Cathy Brignac, Garrick & Casey Robert December 24 - Lloyd & Glo- ria Ballard, Barry & Cathy Gor- don, Archie & Iris Mathews, H. D. & Shirley Johnson, Joey & Mary Haley December 25 - Jerry & Fran- ces Bardwell December 27 Harley & Shirley Vinyard, Hollis & Betty Poche, M.J. & Marie Gillman, Stephen & Jennifer Perrin, George Rinker December 28 - Paul & Mar- lene Meunier, Dan & Lisa E1- strot, Todd & Tina Penn, Tom- my & Rebecca Waller December 29 - Michael & Debbie Schanzbach, Stan& Natalie Bravy, Louis & Mary Myers Happy Birthday December 23 - Darian How- ard, Donnie Eudy, Haley Ja- cob, Holly Landry, Jonathan Boudreaux, Justin Durfreche, Kayla Ernst, Kenneth Ballard, Kim Ballard, Kyle Schatzle, Larry Caldwell Jr., Lauren E. Garaudy, Lauren Palmisano, Mike Jones, Patrick McKean, Paul Walker, Rick Henry, Rick Wehrs, Tiffany Parent, Zita Whitmarsh, December 24 - Bernie Fan- naly, Cathy LeSaicherre, Dayna Simon, Dot Ryle, Fr. Anthony Norton, Grace Lemoine, Larry Caldwell, Myrtle Austin, Philip Nelson, Robin DePaula, Violet Hilderbrand, December 25 - Cheryl P. Kim- brough, Christy Poche, Debbey Verneuil, Deborah Murray, Lois Bardwell, Stacy Watts, Susan P. Thompson, Tommy Norred, Roy Bankston, Callie Hines, December 26 -Aaron Wey- mouth, Bivin von Almen, Chris Thibodeaux, Debra A. Granger, Dennis "Bubba" Hebert, Ger- lean Melancon, Grayson Bou- dreaux, Jarred Ryan, Jeff Park- er, Karen Byers, Lester Savoie IV, Marcus Lilly, Melanie M. Davis, Melissa Triche, Patty Wolf, Reggie Pevey, Shelley Douglas, Andrea Ragan, Evan David Nolan December 27 - Beatrice Graves, Benjamin Ernst, Candice Richardson, Charles Keaghey, Cindy Wagner, Cyn- thia Dominguez, Dan Keller, Diana Parker, Janice Poche, Karen Raiford, Kimberly Rai- ford, Lauren Rose, Mike Whit- low, Samantha Baden, Troy Pinion, Will Schliegelmeyer, Patrick Greaud, December 28 -Alvin Ryan, Brandy Wallace, Chris Farkas, Donnie Gilmore, Frank Latino, Frankie M Morgan, Sr., Marcia Stromeyer, Missie Lofton, Ricky Daigle, Trent Brown, Tyler Poir- rier, December 29 - Caitlyn Gide- on, Chip Lavigne, Cole Plum- mer, Jason Schliegelmeyer, Jerry Tidwell, Joan Price, Jody Zogg, John Landry, Junior Wright, Kevin Raiford, Mac McKean, Sarah Lessard, Sha- ron McTopy, Tracie Demarco, Heather Habisreitinger Too little, Too late? By JOHN DUDEK Times Columnist This past week, Cox Sports Television, Charter Communi- cations, and the New Orleans Hornets finally agreed on a deal that will give fans on the Northshore the chance to watch the team play. This is a deal that should have happened before a basket- ball was ever bounced on the floor of the New Orleans Arena. There are a lot of reasons why this deal took so long, but the main two reasons are money and greed. It is really sad that it has come to this. With the ownership of the team in limbo, combined with lagging attendance, the team has the chance to opt out of its lease with the state, and leave without financial penalty. Like almost everything that in- volves big money in a large met- ropolitan city, it came down to politics. Once upon a time, former New Orleans mayor, Ray Nagin, was once the president of an up- start cable company called Cox Sports Television. When good ole' Ray wanted to run for may- or of New Orleans, he stepped down from the position to focus on his campaign. To make a long story short, Nagin becomes mayor, New Orleans gets the Hornets, and guess what company ends up getting the exclusive rights to broadcast all things Hornets? You guessed it, Nagin's old pals at Cox Sports Television. At the time, CST was strug- gling to fill their time slots with anything more than Zephyrs games and highlights from the New Orleans Brass, the city's minor league hockey team. But the incoming Hornets, they could help save this struggling network. All CST needed was an exclu- sive rights contract to broadcast the newest professional team in New Orleans. And they got it. Now, after years of denying reg- ular folks like you and me the chance to watch the games and become fans of the team, they want our help. I guess desperate times really do call for desperate measures. Here is a note to all three of those parties involved in this disgraceful situation. You do not cultivate a fan base overnight. You do not hold your "fan base" hostage, by not allowing us to even watch the games, yet still expect us to drive an hour to buy tickets to watch your team play. If I had a dollar for every time one of my friends asked me, "How are the Hornets do- ing?" my name would be in the mix to be the next owner of this once promising franchise. me Catch all of the action of Southeastern Louisana University Basketball on 90.9 fm KSLU or on the web: g 985-549-2330 Basketball Schedule Available online" vv00/vv. I io n s ports, n et Ponchatoula.com Your Local Specialists Web Site Creation DVD/CD Duplication Web Site Hosting Business Printing Services (Any quantity - Large or Small) r] ?0 to p onchatoula.com:= or call 38 6-8581 4