THUMBS DOWN: No offense to Oprah Winfrey, but Lance Armstrong needs someone a lot tougher to ask him about his now-disgraced bicycling career. He needs someone who can make him squirm a little, feel uncomfortable about the lies he has told, the cheating he has done in the seven Tour de France races he "won." It's too bad Mike Wallace can't be resurrected for one more interview.
Armstrong's interview with Oprah Winfrey this week puts him on record as a cheat, the mastermind of one of the most successful doping scandals in all of sports. But he answered her questions with a calculated, remorseless steeliness. He hopes, through this admission, to gain some measure of forgiveness so he can resume athletic competition in triathlons and such.
The sports powers-that-be should hold off until Armstrong actually sounds like he's sorry for what he did.
Banker of the Year
THUMBS UP: Congratulations to Lou Geistfeld, president of Citizens Bank Minnesota, who was named this week as the NorthWestern Financial Review's Banker of the Year. And congratulations to all the employees of the bank, who have made it a successful bank and a great place to work.
Geistfeld said the secret of his leadership success is "hiring good people, finding ways to motivate them, and then get out of their way." They have made an impact in the community in many ways, from the Brown County Relay for Life to the annual Parade of Lights at the kickoff of the holiday shopping season.
It is a well-deserved honor for Geistfeld and for his employees.
Fighting for Hwy. 14
THUMBS UP: New Ulm Mayor Robert "Bob" Beussman was elected a vice president of the Highway 14 Partnership at its annual meeting this week, continuing a tradition of New Ulm civic leaders who are also leaders in the fight to improve Highway 14.
Beussman is taking that job seriously, calling this week for people who live along the road and travel it to contact state officials to push to get Highway 14 on the Minnesota Department of Transportation's 20-year plan. It would be a huge setback if the project were not included.
Here again are the people we should be contacting to tell about the need for the project.
Governor Mark Dayton
130 State Capitol
75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55155 Telephone: 651-201-3400
Toll Free: 800-657-3717
Minnesota Relay 800-627-3529
Electronic contact form: http://mn. gov/governor/contact-us/form/
MnDOT Commissioner Charlie Zelle
Minnesota Department of Transportation 395 John Ireland Boulevard, Mailstop 100 St. Paul, MN 55155
Telephone: (651)366-4800 email@example.com
District 6: Rochester (Owatonna-Dodge Center project)
Greg Paulson, Assistant District Engineer 2900 48th Street NW Rochester, MN 55901
Telephone: (507) 286-7502
District 7: Mankato (North Mankato-New Ulm project)
Greg Ous, District Engineer
501 South Victory Drive Mankato, MN 56001
Telephone: (507) 304-6101 firstname.lastname@example.org
Please send a letter, an e-mail or pick up the phone to push for Highway 14.