News and notes from David Carroll: A wishful thinking aloud | Opinion

A good friend of mine who happens to be an Atlanta Falcons fan often says to me, “Aim low and you will never be disappointed.

As an eternal optimist, I have a wish list a mile long. Of course, most of my wishes will never come true. But that won’t stop me.

I want the owners and players of Major League Baseball to think as much about the fans as they do about themselves. From little kids to the elderly, some people look forward to spring every year, just to hear the crunch of the bat and to see their overpaid heroes slip into second base and dive into the grass of the outfield. It’s a shame that baseball fell into the wrong hands. A 153-year-old tradition is fading.

I want President Biden to recognize the fact that he needs reading glasses. Honestly, Joe, most of us do too. We won’t hold it against you. It’s hard to see you speaking to the nation squinting like you’re facing the bright morning sun.

I wish former President Trump would listen more and talk less. It was widely reported by many in his administration that he generally ignored their well-founded, common-sense advice. If he gets another chance, I hope he takes their advice.

I wish more Americans would support our government during the Russian-Ukrainian crisis. Unfortunately, a few cowardly members of Congress and some cable network opinion leaders have convinced some people that cheering on Putin is a good idea. Does anyone really think this would end well?

I wish fewer Americans would openly hope Biden fails. I understand: they didn’t want him to win. Many presidential candidates I have supported in my life have not won either. Yet, I wanted every president to succeed. Inevitably, they have all failed at one point or another. Then at the end of their four-year term, we decided to keep them or to reject them. Right now, it’s pretty important that our current president makes the right choices. I hope he will, for our good.

I wish political candidates would start appealing to people’s best instincts, instead of their worst.

I wish the multi-millionaire political candidates would stop posing with the caps, the checkered shirts, the hunting vests and the guns. You are law and order, we understand. Just dress like you do when walking around the gardens in your gated community.

I hope that voters will stop falling into the routine of the cap and the checkered shirt.

I wish every president had as much control over gas prices as people think. If so, gas would still be cheap, right?

Speaking of which, I wish gas prices would come down as fast as they go up.

I want anyone who distracts the State of the Union to abide by the college rules of conduct. If you act, you are escorted by the Principal and will have to do ten laps around the Capitol. This applies to everyone: from the lowliest members of Congress without a committee assignment to the Speaker of the House.

I would like both major political parties to propose a presidential candidate for whom I want to vote “for”. For the past few years, I just wanted to vote “against” someone. (And you?)

I wish the TV viewing options could be simplified. I should be able to find the shows I want and use a remote without getting an MIT degree.

I wish whoever designs the next gas tank I buy for lawn mower gas would stop trying to drive me crazy. These instructions also require a higher degree.

I wish I could send mail from Chattanooga to an address thirty miles away, without it going around Knoxville, Memphis, Atlanta and Birmingham before arriving eight days later.

I wish the college football national championship game was always played on a Friday or Saturday night. Who had the idea to play it on a Monday evening, with workers and school children having to get up early the next morning?

I know, this is all really wishful thinking.

As John Lennon so memorably sang, “You can say I’m a dreamer. But I’m not the only one.”

David Carroll is a Chattanooga newscaster and his new book “Hello Chattanooga: Famous People Who Have Visited the Tennessee Valley” is available on his website, ChattanoogaRadioTV.com. You can contact him at 900 Whitehall Road, Chattanooga, TN 37405, or at [email protected]

David Carroll is a Chattanooga newscaster and his new book “Hello Chattanooga: Famous People Who Have Visited the Tennessee Valley” is available on his website, ChattanoogaRadioTV.com. You can contact him at 900 Whitehall Road, Chattanooga, TN 37405, or at [email protected]

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