Just when you think the sh** has really hit the fan, we hear that...
Metro is considering allowing ads selling alcohol in its stations, and on buses and trains, breaking a four decade prohibition (so to speak). This would bring in an extra half-million dollars a year. I say bring on the ads... And if they want to make the buses look like giant bottles of Absolut, I say go for it!
On a possibly related note, substance abuse is on the rise. The emergency room at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital is reporting a 30 percent increase in drug overdose cases in the past year, and treatment centers are filled to the brim. With unemployment on the rise, people have more time on their hands - time they are spending getting hammered, apparently!
The Washington Post saw its fourth quarter earnings drop 77 percent. A large part of that drop is due to costs incurred by the newspaper buying out as much of its veteran news staff as possible as a long-term cost savings measure... But really. How much "long-term" do you think the Washington Post has left if it's let most of its talent go? And when was the last time most of you read a dead-tree newspaper?
If fewer people are shopping these days, why keep the malls open so long? Westfield, which operates Montgomery Mall, Annapolis Mall and Wheaton Plaza, is now opening a half hour later during the week and closing a half-hour earlier every night except Sunday. While I have no particular problem with this personally, my wife will likely wear black over this.
Surely, it can't get any worse than this can it? Well...
There's always tomorrow!