thursday morning radio...
lake county sheriff john buncich (sausage-fingers) was in a hurry so he rode the government helicopter to the wjob studios, where he landed on the roof and slithered into the broadcast booth down one of the support poles. several wjob callers inquired if on the way the sheriff cruised over dave woerpel's house to check out this spring's crop of really bad weed.
the sheriff did not. nor did he really ride the helicopter here, which would have made a difference since he was a little late. he drove his aging ford taurus. wjob caller dave from crown point had a good on-air argument with the sheriff about whether to sell the helicopter or not, and another caller referenced woerpel weed. but repeat, the sheriff did not ride the county helicopter to wjob. he came with his assistant, ruby flowers.
... dr. walter watkins, superintendent of the school city of hammond, came in and we talked about the expansion of vouchers. watkins says that last year they lost 104 students, or about $600,000, to voucher transfers. to a couple callers - and to the good doctor - it comes down to selling parents on the merits of hammond schools. they have competition now.
... caller alex brought up a great question. she asked - what happens if a high school athlete transfers to a private school using the new voucher money? the ihsaa could continue to require the kid to sit out a year for athletics... but the kid could argue that the state created the voucher program so how could the state penalize you for using it. lawyers be rustlin' in the weeds.
... milan krusinski of the hammond port authority brought me a polish delicacy. we took a picture called 'two pollacks, an englishwoman, and an apricot nut roll.'