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Updated Jan 30, 2013 - 10:30 am

Chuck's List: Chick-fil-A COO finally comes around

A one-man opinion poll.

  • Dan Cathy

    Dan Cathy

    The president and COO of Chick-fil-A was at the heart of one of the huge news stories of 2012. His stern belief that marriage is between a man and a woman brought his chicken restaurant into the middle of a heated national debate. The result: Cathy sold truckloads of chicken and became a hero for like-minded Americans believing they're losing their footing on the issue of same-sex marriage. But then Cathy did something unexpected. He reached out to Steve Windemeyer, executive director of Campus Pride. The two met and Cathy listened to a gay man's perspective. The two are now friends. And yes, Cathy remains adamant that marriage is between a man and a woman, but now that he better understands the opposing viewpoint he's decided not to financially support anti-gay groups and initiatives.

  • Suraj Sharma

    Suraj Sharma

    It must be an amazing experience to be a young actor cast in the role of a lifetime. For 19-year old Suraj Sharma, his starring role in Ang Lee's "The Life of Pi" will likely launch a long and successful film career. But as sweet as life must be for Sharma these days, he went overlooked during award season. A shame, because dude was brilliant as Pi! But you can be a great dancer, and if you make the mistake of going to the nightclub with Usher, guess what? People aren't going to notice you. You can make a mean bowl of pasta, but if you serve it at a Mario Batali potluck your dish will go untouched. Hopefully, Suraj Sharma will have plenty of opportunities to prove he's of Oscar-caliber, but this year he happened to have his breakthrough performance the year Daniel Day-Lewis played Lincoln.

  • John McCain

    John McCain

    I knew immigration reform was going to be a hot button issue for 2013. I believed representatives of Arizona were going to be at the forefront of any federal reform efforts. I was expecting Arizona state Sen. Bob Worsley to be the face of that effort. I was surprised to see senators John McCain and Jeff Flake beat him to the punch. I'm encouraged that this time we seem to have a bipartisan commitment to correcting the issue of undocumented immigrants in America using a productive and humane approach. And by now, I hope we all do.

  • Paul Babeu

    Paul Babeu

    The Pinal County Sherrif drove north to Phoenix last week to boldly announce that he'd sent a letter to Barack Obama notifying the president that he and the officers he oversees won't be enforcing any new federal gun control laws. Apparently, he couldn't get the necessary facetime to wag a finger at the president. "You are not a dictator or a king, who can ignore the legislative process," Babeu chastised the POTUS. But apparently a local sheriff is above federal law. And since the president likely wadded up the latest "constructive" letter postmarked Phoenix and promptly threw it in the trash, Babeu had to race fast as he could to the talkin' box and mass communicate to everyone listenin' what a tough but ineffective letter he done wrote.

  • Kevin Towers

    Kevin Towers

    Kevin Towers is a good baseball man. Not a great one, like the sports guys I share office space with will tell you, but a good baseball man. He's done some good things since taking over the team, but his handling of the Justin Upton situation was plain rotten. I mean, how long does it take to measure a player's trade value? Surely not 2.5 years. Ultimately, Towers stripped Upton of his trade value. No other GM in the league believed he was going to keep the outfielder. The Diamondbacks received Martin Prado in the Upton trade with Braves. Prado is a good player, but he doesn't have near the upside of Upton. If Towers would have played this game closer to the vest, he would have received far better compensation. Or better yet, he could have embraced the team's star player from day one and watched him flourish as a D-back for years to come.

  • Bobby Jindal

    Bobby Jindal

    The Louisiana governor seems to have his eye on the ultimate prize. He wants to be President of the United States of America. But I doubt that calling members of your own party "stupid" is the best method for going about it. Jindal's frustration with the GOP and its failures to gain voting ground because of perceived social stagnancy is fair. Jeb Bush feels the need for his party to evolve on many key social issues, as does Chris Christie, Marco Rubio and others, but calling your party "the stupid party" doesn't elicit compromise, it causes folks to bristle. Although the guts of Jindal's message is laced with sound reasoning, his 2016 candidacy likely ended this week before the Republican National Committee. Even if most voters didn't hear or read the accusation, they will surely be informed of it during the course of the next four years.

About the Author

Career: My broadcast career began in 1990 at the age of 19. I've spent 19 of my last 21 years as a talk show host. Twelve years were spent in sports radio (only 3 in Phoenix), seven in music/comedy (most notably 103.9 The Edge), and now KTAR.

Education: BS at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville (Illinois)

Family: 2 parents, 4 sisters, 2 brothers, 11 nieces & nephews

Favorite Food: Perfectly cooked salmon with asparagus

Favorite Spot in Arizona: My old house on Scottsdale Mountain

Favorite Movie: "Clarice, are the lambs still screaming?" (Silence of the Lambs)

#1 Sports Team: I don't root for teams

Outside interests: Writing, Sports, Reading, Eating


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