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Too close to call


Sun, Nov 19th, 2000
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By Amy HazelNovember 20, 2000

I'm sure everyone is very sick of hearing about the election and its problems. But this is an issue that needs to be discussed. After all, we are one of the few and very lucky nations on the face of this earth that allows each and every citizen over the age of eighteen to cast a vote to decide our future. The people hold the power. The individuals of the country should be the ones concerned about the election because this is our primary method of decision making.

A nationwide election was held on Tuesday, November 7th. This is a time when families can sit down and watch the country unfold into a color coordinating map of the United States that depicts which candidate won each state. Then the analysts give their opinions and predictions on why things happened the way they did. So many Moms and Dads gather their kids and sit down with a bowl of popcorn and a can of Pepsi for some real family entertainment.

First George W. Bush pushed ahead last Tuesday, easily winning the Southeast states (minus Florida) and a few states in the Midwest, which were early pick-ups. Then Al Gore came back and clobbered him with the Northeast states, Minnesota, Iowa, Michigan, and eventually California.

Florida was also a quick win for Gore. However, the analysts soon took it back, deciding the race was too close to call. Soon some of the networks began awarding Florida to Bush. Everything went pretty smoothly until an hour or two past midnight. Then the networks decided to take Florida back from Bush because it was too close to call. Well, come on; can they make up their minds?

Here we are almost two weeks later, and the tabulating committee still hasn't completed the counting process. This whole issue developed out of Florida's fluctuating vote numbers. Their constitution reads that when an election is within one half of one percent, there shall be an automatic recount, which was the case in this extremely tight election. The recount yielded several hundred more votes for Gore than Bush, however. This normally wouldn't have drawn attention, but the fact that the two candidates were only a couple hundred votes apart in a state with several million voters, caused many people to speculate.

On top of this, a couple of other complications have been added to the mixing pot.

One is called a butterfly ballot. Voters are required to punch a hole in the center alongside the candidates' name that th .....
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Author Moritz Thomsen writes of his house in an Ecuadorian jungle: "At first it is infuriating to discover what is going on beneath your nose; the books rotted; the phonograph records green with mold . . . boots turnin ..... 
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The Living Museum:

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A Historical OverviewBy John LevellMonday, November 13, 2000

So just where in southeastern Minnesota can one experience balmy 80 degree temperatures while viewing exotic tropical wildlife right through those long, cold an ..... 
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Born in the 19th century

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Monday, November 13, 2000

In 1895, Grover Cleveland was President of the United States, Stephan Crane published The Red Badge of Courage, and a six-dollar railroad trip from Minneapolis to California took four days. It was also the year ..... 
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Heating Season

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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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