Leading Off (3/24/11)

U.S. Representative Joe Barton Has a Bright Idea. He wants people to have a choice regarding their light bulbs. He says people shouldn’t be forced to spend $3 to $4 on a CFL bulb. And in this report, one source says that the CFL bulbs may not actually last as long as projected, thus possibly not saving money in the long run. While this argument is interesting, and I feel that both sides have some valid points, and it’s really something that could last for quite some time, I really just have one thought: it’s a light bulb. A light bulb. Aren’t there bigger problems to worry about? Like sagging pants?

H-E-B’s Butt Talks of Growth, But Not Here. H-E-B hired Kroger’s Dallas real estate manager this week, however, chairman and CEO Charles Butt says H-E-B is not looking to expand in Dallas. Though they are looking for additional locations for more Central Markets. And while the story is interesting, I can’t help but giggle like a 12-year-old because anytime something serious is quoted, it’s followed by “Butt says.” And that’s just funny.

Miniature Three-Legged Horse Gets a Prosthetic. This story just makes me smile. Four-year-old Midnite only has three legs. So the people at Ranch Hand Rescue in Argyle worked with the people at Prosthetic Care to create a prosthetic leg for the horse. When they put the leg on Midnite Sunday, the little guy took off running and jumping. And while that image (and the video) makes me smile and tear up a little, there is one thing about this story that bothers me: why do they have to spell his name Midnite? The poor thing already has enough challenges to overcome. There’s no need to add to it.

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