Watch out for predatory schemes, friends

In the Durango Herald on Feb. 26, a confessed cycling cheat, Floyd Landis, is going to receive about $25 million from a whistle-blower fee if our federal government wins a substantial judgement from another cheat, Lance Armstrong.

An annual $100 million U.S. military fund supported the Tour de France bike races and what is not well-publicized, NASCAR races. One can only imagine what kind of thrills that massive amount of money does for the person giving it all away. I truly hope this $100 million expenditure is part of the “sequester package” or is thrown out as a waste of time and money.

Most of us can only dream of partying with celebrity race figures or collecting $25 million as a good guy or bad guy whistle-blower. The potential for a bad person to get all of that cash is an eye opener and will probably convince a once-good citizen to make an attempt to set someone up with financial means. A few times I have been set up, such as a pushy request to invest six figures in a bogus Mexican resort. Fortunately, I didn’t go running to borrow and was later told to dare not mention the predator’s name.

This world is turning more wild west than ever. A friend turned Jesus in for silver. The interpretation of the scriptures about Jesus nailed on the cross is that he died for our sins. My take on his death is: Watch your back at all times so you won’t get nailed. You never know if the person pretending to be a friend at your dining room table will turn on you.

Sally Florence

Durango