So Lance Armstrong has admitted that his career was a litany of lies and cheating, a fact that should have surprised no one. In an emotionless interview with Oprah Winfrey, the seven-time Tour de France winner admitted the bare minimum, revealing little of how he cheated, who helped him and who else cheated. It was one more chapter in a life that has always been All About Lance. Even his Livestrong cancer charity is so intertwined with the Armstrong persona that it has been used to help deflect suspicions about doping.
The cynical questions (and Armstrong has earned that cynicism) that arise after the Oprah interview is why now, and what’s his angle? It’s hard not to be skeptical of his motives now when years of Armstrong’s sincere denials that he doped are available on YouTube.
However, is he’s truly remorseful, then he has to come clean and reveal everything he knows about doping. Testifying under oath before the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency would be a good place to start. Armstrong can still be a force for good, but his interview with Oprah was only the first step.
In a move straight from the old days, General Motors’ Town of Tonawanda engine plant is hiring six electrician journeymen “off the streets.” Against a dismal jobs markets report for Buffalo and Rochester, this ranks among the best possible news for those workers, the plant and area.
Outside hiring hasn’t occurred since the 1980s. The new economic norm involved transferring surplus workers from other plants to fill positions. But because of two new engine lines representing a combined investment of $825 million, the plant is in need of a handful of workers. Fast.
And these are good-paying jobs, at $32.73 per hour. It’s certainly nice to hear about the desperate need for skilled trades workers right here in our own back yard. Let’s hope it’s only the beginning.
Bummer. Now we’ll never have a Death Star.
President Obama last week shot down a completely logical demand, delivered via a petition, that the United States begin building a Death Star – think “Star Wars” – by 2016.
The refusal was based on the usual mealy mouthed political excuses: At an estimated cost of only $850 quadrillion, it would make reducing the federal budget deficit too hard. And the Obama administration doesn’t agree with blowing up other planets. More persuasive, though, was the design issue: “Why would we spend countless taxpayer dollars on a Death Star with a fundamental flaw that can be exploited by a one-man starship?”
All right, so that’s a good point. But it stinks anyway.