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*Political Asterisks*


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Monday, November 20, 2000

The asterisk is a wonderful punctuation mark. The star-like figure is used to indicate omissions, footnotes, references, exceptions, etc. In the hands of a grammar-deficient writer like me, the uses become nearly infinite.

Sports statistics are full of asterisks. When Roger Maris broke Babe Ruths single season home run mark of 60 homers in 1961, an asterisk was placed behind Maris name in the record books indicating that it took Maris 162 games to achieve what Ruth did in 154.

The fact that sports writers and fans in general didnt like Maris may have had something to do with this footnote being added to the historical record in the first place. Also, the fact that Maris, a young buck from North Dakota, had beat out his teammate, Americas boy, Mickey Mantle for the homerun crown that year didnt go over very well with baseball pundits. And one cant ignore the notion that Maris was unseating a Hall of Fame American icon in Ruth, the Sultan of Swat.

So Roger Maris, a 280 lifetime hitter, will always be known by baseball fans as the homerun hitter with an asterisk behind his name.
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A whole litany of *political asterisks* could have been handed out with the election on November 7.

An * for disgusted goes to the television media for first calling Gore the winner in Florida, then retracting it; then calling Bush the winner, and then saying it was too close to call.

If youre disgusted with us, frankly, I dont blame you. CBS Dan Rather told the viewing public that night. We are, Dan.

An * for confused to the state of Florida for the election confusion that has reigned in the state since election day.

A second * for confusion also goes to Palm Beach County for allowing the butterfly ballots which apparently confused voters so much they turned into latter-day-Buchananites.

An * for antiques road show goes to both the Bush and Gore camps for dusting off and bringing forth those great political relics to defend each partys argument. Warren Christopher and James Baker never looked more weary, partisan or grey.

Another * for revisionist nonsense goes to the late President Richard Nixon who, old-grey constitutionalists say, so loved the constitution that he didnt challenge election irregularities in his loss for the presidency to John F. Kennedy in 1960.

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Monday, November 27, 2000

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To the Editor,

Thank you for the column Monday, November 13, 2000 on the Electoral College (source Weekly Reader).

It is good to be reminded and have a reviewal of how the presidential candidate is elected to that office; and, wh ..... 
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Walter "Fish" Ward, Sr.

Sun, Nov 26th, 2000
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Walter "Fish" Ward, Sr., 98, formerly of the Mabel and Burr Oak areas, died Tuesday, September 19, 2000 at the Harmony Health Care Center where he had resided seven years.

He was born June 21, 1902, in Henrytown and attended school there. On ..... 
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Mildred S. Livingood

Sun, Nov 26th, 2000
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Mildred S. Livingood, 94, formerly of Canton, died Tuesday, September 19, 2000 at Samaritan Bethany Home in Rochester.

Mildred S. Johnson was born March 31, 1906 at Amherst, Fillmore County, grew up and attended school in Fillmore County. In ..... 
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Harvey C. Wilson

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Harvey C. Wilson, 56, of rural Whalan, a self-employed mechanic, died of a heart attack on Monday, October 30, 2000 at Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester, where he had been a patient three days.

Born February 21, 1944 in Auburn, WA, he moved a ..... 
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