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March 22, 2014

Some thoughts ranging from dead skunks, O.J. and Crimea

- — Here are some thoughts from a guy who realizes that sometimes art imitates life:

OK, I may be reaching here, but I heard the old song “Dead Skunk in the Middle of the Road” on the radio the other day and guess what – in the dark of night Thursday on the Shenango Valley Freeway I ran over a dead skunk in the middle of the road.

My wife, being a kind, sensitive person, commented: “It a shame. That animal was trapped (because of the barrier in the middle of the highway) and had nowhere to go.”

OK, I love animals. But I was more thinking about how the garage was going to smell the next morning when I opened the door to get the car out!

If I hear the song, “Eve of Destruction,” on the radio this weekend, I’ll really be sweating!

ä Actually, maybe the world is coming to an end. We carried a small story this past week that police are seeking an Amish buggy involved in a hit-and-run.

The report was that the buggy hit a car twice and then sped off.

Really? The car driver couldn’t follow a buggy pulled by a horse and police couldn’t get there to catch the culprit?

• I read a scary comment about the Oscar Pistorius case in South Africa that it reminded some people of the O.J. Simpson case.

That’s scary because I felt that Simpson was clearly guilty of murder but got off. And that would be a shame if “The Blade Runner” did the same.

In case you are not up on the case, Pistorius – who competed in track at the London Olympics on two artificial lower legs – allegedly shot his girlfriend on Valentine’s Day in 2013.

Nothing says, “ I love you,” like bullets.

Pistorius claims it was an accident and he thought it was an intruder in his bathroom when he fired through the bathroom door and killed Reeva Steenkamp.

Does anybody really believe that? What would an intruder be doing using the bathroom?

And would you fire through the bathroom door without yelling something like: “Who’s in there? I have a gun and I’ll use it.”

If he gets off, it will be a sad day for justice everywhere, just as it was when the glove didn’t fit O.J. and he got off. At least he later ended up in jail anyway.

• A lot is made about whether the president has done enough to stop Russia from the taking of Crimea and killing people in the Ukraine.

What would you do if you were president? Would you really want to start another world war?

Would you set up some kind of economic sanctions that might hurt our country as badly as Russia?

We can’t be the world’s policeman, no matter how much we would like to do so. During the past century we have seen many times over atrocities worse than Russia has perpetrated in the Ukraine.

As sad as I feel for those people, unfortunately, we are limited on things that we can do.

The Herald’s Lynn Saternow writes this column each Saturday for the Opinion Page. His email is

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