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Election year notes


Sun, Nov 5th, 2000
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Monday, October 30, 2000

Like everybody else Ive got a case of election year fatigue, but in spite of that Im finding a bit of perverse enjoyment in observing the whole spectacle. Say what you want about the shallow, unqualified and intellectually challenged Bush or the haughty, pedantic and boring Gore, these two guys have given us a good old-fashioned horse race. And if the polls are even half-right, come November 7, its going to be a photo finish.

What follows then is a collage of observations Ive made over the past few weeks regarding the national as well as the state and local elections:

If you missed the presidential debates, and I havent talked to one person yet who has admitted to watching them, theres a site on the Internet where you can read the entire transcripts of each one. Further proof, perhaps, that you can find absolutely anything on the Web, regardless of how trite, irrelevant or forgettable.

The Wall Street Journal has devoted its editorial pages to enthusiastically endorsing the candidacy of George W. Bush. Last Wednesday they even gave Green Party candidate and potential Gore spoiler Ralph Nader, ample space to write his own editorial in which he passionately spoke of the importance of "human need over corporate greed."

Naders message has caught on with many disaffected young people and would-be Democrats. A Minneapolis Star-Tribune poll last week showed Nader with 8% of the Minnesota vote, much higher than most other states. Jesse Jackson, Paul Wellstone and Wisconsin Senator Russ Feingold are just a few of the Democrats who have formed an anti-Nader squad, arguing that a vote for Nader is a vote for Bush.

The most honest quote Ive seen by a politician this year was by the Republican also-ran John McCain, who said, "the campaign finance system is little more than an elaborate influence-peddling scheme in which both parties conspire to stay in office by selling the country to the highest bidder."

The Journals globetrotting publisher, John Torgrimson, just returned from a week in Ireland, and reports that the Irish affection for Bill Clinton is pervasive, if not passionate, throughout the country. When John told one woman that the vast majority of Americans were disillusioned with their presidential choices this year, the immediate response was, "You caint do much better than that Bill Clinton now, can you?" That response, John says, rendered him speechless.

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Mr. Pike takes a vacation

Sun, Nov 5th, 2000
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Monday, November 6, 2000


My wife, Deb, and I went back to Door County for a four-day visit after a seventeen-year absence. Our eagerness to get our vacation underway had us driving across Wisconsin in the dark on a highway we dubbed "Dead ..... 
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In love with language

Sun, Nov 5th, 2000
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Monday, November 6, 2000

One of the first things I notice when I travel is the sound of other languages being spoken - Asian, European, Middle Eastern...

I recently travelled internationally and realized how much I missed these sounds. ..... 
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Monday, November 6, 2000

Sun, Nov 5th, 2000
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To the Editor,

It is now time to vote. Please vote your conscience. If you are pro-life, pro-choice, or pro-abortion; consider this question. Are you happy your mother did not abort you when you were in her womb? We should wonder if th ..... 
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Walter "Fish" Ward, Sr.

Sun, Nov 5th, 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 5th, 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

Sun, Nov 5th, 2000
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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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Ardis LaPray Wilson

Sun, Nov 5th, 2000
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Ardis Wilson, 86, of Virginia Beach, VA, formerly of the Pilot Mound area, died October 24, 2000, at her home.

Survivors include a son, Wallace L. Braa of Virginia Beach; two grandchildren; four great-grandchildren, and two sisters, Marilla ..... 
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Signe L. Vatland

Sun, Nov 5th, 2000
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Signe L. Vatland, 93, of Stillwater, MN, and formerly of Mabel, died Tuesday, October 31, 2000 at Linden Health Care Center in Stillwater.

Mrs. Vatland was born May 2, 1907 in Canton to Emery and Mina (Eggerbrotten) Johnson. She married Floyd ..... 
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