That means (hopefully) we can move on to some other big news on our Facebook page – like some heroic window washers and high school football, though the government remains a hot topic.
The hottest topic this week? The possibility of upping the speed limit on some Pennsylvania highways to 70 mph. Here’s just a sampling of the comments from that, which totaled 79: Kathleen M Matukaitis-Kelley, “Why would changing make any difference, they drive that already. if not faster.” But Others disagreed: Misty Clark, “No. ….I think 65 is fast enough! People drive 75 already with the speed 65 if it’s raised to 75 people will go 85 or faster and theres no need to go that fast!!”
The shutdown ended late Wednesday, but frustration remains for many people: Alicia M. Beachy, “Both sides deserve to not be paid, or get any of their inflated pensions!! This isn’t over, they just delayed the inevitable!! They aren’t doing their jobs, and have disgraced the American people who voted them into office!!! This time in our history will be known as a failure from both congressional and executive leadership!!!”
Yesterday, I got to talk with Janet Guthrie, the first female to qualify for the Daytona and Indianapolis 500 races and the previous record holder for the highest start by a woman in the NASCAR sprint cup series.
Her record was broken by Danica Patrick Sunday.
Guthrie said she was happy to see another female reach success in the male-dominated racing world and wished Patrick the best.
One cool thing about Guthrie is that she raced with some of the sport’s legends – like Mario Andretti, Richard Petty and Bill Elliot. On her website, Guthrie has some cool quotes made by these guys about her. Here’s some of my favorites:
“If she had a better ride, she’d probably win one of these [Winston Cup] events.” – Richard Petty,
Jacksonville (FL) Journal, Feb. 17, 1978
“I think she has done a hell of a job. She’s got a good head on her shoulders. I’ve seen many guys who had much more trouble with Indy than she has had, from the standpoint of belonging on the course. Anyone who says she doesn’t belong, just feels threatened.” – Mario Andretti
Washington Star, May 29, 1977
“There is no question about her ability to race with us. More power to her. She has ‘made it’ in what I think is the most competitive racing circuit in the world.” -Cale Yarborough
Rochester (NY) Times-Union, Dec. 2, 1977