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Roasts & Toasts

Norwalk Reflector Staff • Oct 28, 2015 at 3:47 PM

Toast: the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change for making the strongest declaration yet that global climate change is real and most likely manmade. While the panel's report, released Friday, admits whatever action mankind takes is probably too late to fully reverse the effects, it does warn that doing nothing would be costly. Billions of dollars would have to be spent so people could adapt to a warmer world and at least a million lives would be lost because of droughts, floods and hurricanes. As the panel said: the next step lies with lawmakers.

Roast: former Ohio Gov. Bob Taft for sticking taxpayers with a $50,000 bill for his book "The Taft Years: 1999-2006" subtitled "Making Ohio A Better Place to Live, Work and Raise a Family." The 128-page book is a glossy, full color publication which also conveniently glosses over Taft's ethics convictions. And the worst part printing the 2,000 copies cost about $18,000 while the other $32,000 comes from consulting (consulting!) costs. Apparently Taft needed help in deciding how best to stick Ohio one last time.

Toast: Punxsutawney Phil and Buckeye Chuck, who both failed to see their shadows on Groundhog Day thus guaranteeing an early spring instead of six more weeks of winter.

Roast: temperatures struggling to break double digits next week. Today's predicted high is 10 and the low is 5 below you know, colder than zero. On second thought, maybe we shouldn't rely on rodent-like creatures to predict the weather. Then again, they probably couldn't do any worse than TV weather forecasters.

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