My brain still comes through after tax prep

Michael Alcorn, Hitting Home
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Doing taxes this week so I have very little brain-RAM to spare — certainly not enough to keep a coherent train of thought together.

But, nevertheless, a handful of thoughts have penetrated the IRS-induced stupor, and here’s the result:

• In case you were keeping score, this Legislature, which, according to Rep. Tracy Kraft-Tharp, et al., has “the economy as their No. 1 focus,” has so far managed to pass bills that drove away 2,000 jobs, while not yet getting around to passing anything to help the economy.

• I rarely have control of the TV remote, so I don’t often get to just flip around the prime time lineup to see what’s on. But the other night, I was flipping around, and I caught a glimpse of the show “Smash.” And there, on the screen, is Bernadette Peters, one of the grand dames of musical theater, singing a beautiful duet. Y’know, there are people in this world whose talent is so prodigious that it lights up a room, even through the television screen. I wonder if she was ever told not to pursue her dreams because her test scores were too low ...

• Regarding Coach Mike Rice and the Rutgers basketball team: In this day and age, barely six months removed from an election which a man lost in part because of a cell phone video, for a person in a position of power to lose control in a public place like that is inexcusable. All the rest aside, he might just be too dumb to have that job.

• I am slightly encouraged that Sen. Mike Johnston’s education funding bill includes $100 million for innovation. Maybe we can use that to stop talking about testing and start driving for real innovation.

• Speaking of luminous talents, over the last week, I have caught on cable parts of the movies “Outbreak,””Congo,””The 13th Warrior” and “Twister,” all brought to us from the prolific mind of Michael Crichton.

• And I’m so glad to see that the Associated Press has officially decided to drop the use of the term “Illegal Immigrant” to describe people who have, um, immigrated to this country illegally. George Orwell, phone home.

• Come to think of it, there is one class of people whose employment I would love to see reduced: tax attorneys. And not that I have anything against tax attorneys, but the Byzantine nature of the U.S. tax code is really only good for two things: attorney employment, and I hear it makes a great reinforcement to sand walls in case of a flood.

• And in case you missed it, through the first series of the major league baseball season (three games), every team but one has a loss. That’s the nature of baseball — it’s such a long season that even the best teams lose a lot of games, and I’ve always felt there’s a lot more to be learned in a loss than in a win. It’s called character, and it’s why baseball used to be such an important part of the American fabric.

Michael Alcorn is a music teacher and fitness instructor who lives in Arvada with his wife and three children. He graduated from Alameda High School and the University of Colorado-Boulder.

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