By BRYAN GRAY
As we get older, many of us pay little attention to receiving Christmas gifts. In the first place, we may not need anything; if we really want something during the year, we buy it. Secondly, older couples often buy a “family gift” Р a piece of furniture or a vacation, for instance Р rather than wrapping smaller gifts to place under the tree.
I am not expecting any gifts addressed to me this holiday season. But I do know for sure that I will not be receiving any of the following presents.
A KINDLE READER Р I want to feel the heft and the pages of a book, not touch a computer screen. A book is a friend, a companion; a Kindle is simply a piece of technology to tote around.
AN INVITIATION TO A MIKE LEE RALLY Р Sen. Lee seems willing again to vote against the budget and debt ceiling bills, jeopardizing the “full faith and credit of the United States.” Unlike you and me, Sen. Lee is more interested in demonizing the government at a press conference than responsibly paying his own bills.
AN APOLOGY FROM FORMER ATTORNEY GENERALS JOHN SWALLOW AND MARK SHURTLEFF
Р It’s not just me not getting an apology; you won’t get one either. But that smell wafting from the State Capitol keeps getting stronger.
BLUE SLIPS FROM PRES. OBAMA
Р Though the President is personally accepting responsibility for the Affordable Care Act website screw-up, he needs to step up and fire those directly responsible for the problem. Loyalty is one thing, Mr. President. Accountability is something else.
TICKETS TO THE PIANO GUYS CONCERT Р I am one of 16 people in the entire state of Utah who are bored with this act. Even if they were caught twerking on stage, I’d still be bored.
A GIFT CERTIFICATE FOR A FAST-FOOD BREAKFAST BURRITO Р Fast-food breakfast items are 82 percent responsible for the obesity epidemic. Fruit and yogurt are far better choices unless you want to weigh more than a Buick.
ROSANNE CASH’S NEW MUSIC ALBUM
Р I can’t receive her “The River and the Thread” album because it won’t be released until February. However, her most recent “The List” proved to me that Rosanne is the most elegant, yet rootsy singer in music today.
AN AUDITION FOR “THE VOICE” TELEVISION PROGRAM
Р Blake and Adam wouldn’t be turning their chairs for me. My singing has been compared to a dog caught in barbed wire.
ANY ADAM SADLER MOVIE Р The two funniest people in America today are Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. Adam Sandler used to be funny, but now he is just plain dumb and dumber!
A HUGE RAISE FROM THIS NEWPAPER’S PUBLISHER
Р OK, but there is no sin in dreaming!
Hope you had a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!