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Our flag is still there!


Sun, Nov 26th, 2000
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Monday, November 27, 2000

By the time you read this, our great national "civics lesson" might finally be over and well know if our next president is the one some call Tweedle-dee or the other one called Tweedle-dumb. But dont count on it -- I could have said the same thing three weeks ago.

Ive always preferred history as a subject over civics. Civics is like a colorless foggy November day, while history sparkles with sunlight, drama and intrigue. Civics is a small stuffy room filled with political hacks and dry bureaucrats and history is the entire human spectacle spread out like a picnic smorgasbord on the 4th of July.

So with that in mind I thought Id poke around in the archives of the local Fillmore County papers of 1876, the last time our nation endured such a constitutional and presidential crisis, such as the one were enduring now.

The custom in 1876, I discovered, was that presidential candidates did not campaign publicly -- something that should be written into law as quickly as possible by the new congress in the coming year!

The two candidates that year were Ohio governor Rutherford B. Hayes (Republican) and his Democratic opponent, New York governor Samuel J. Tilden. The nation was still sharply divided and crippled by the memory of the Civil War.

Hayes set out to portray his opponent and the Democrats as being the party of "slavery, rebellion, repression, and corruption." While Tilden, of course, said the same things regarding Hayes and the Republicans.

A few days after the election, in the November 11, 1876, issue of the Chatfield Democrat, the headline shouted out: "GLORIOUS!! Victory, Victory! The Agony is Over! Tilden & Hendricks Certainly Elected. The North and South shake hands over the Bloody Chasm and forget the Past. The Republican Party Annihilated in the Centennial Year!!"

This was obviously wishful thinking on the part of the Democrat, as it quickly became apparent that the election was too close to call, and neither candidate had garnered the magical number of electoral votes necessary to claim victory. Sound familiar?

The Preston Republican took a more cautious approach than the Chatfield paper and waited over a month before writing: "If it is any fun for the Democrats to play fight still, and imagine they are not whipped out of their boots, we have no objections."

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Monday, November 20, 2000

It has become a family mission to see how far into the fall we can get without using any LP gas for heat. As I begin this writing, it is the first of November and we have not turned on our furnace since last April. Th ..... 
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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 infi ..... 
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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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