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Election year notes


Sun, Oct 29th, 2000
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Monday, October 30, 2000

Like everybody else Iíve got a case of election year fatigue, but in spite of that Iím 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, itís going to be a photo finish.

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

ē If you missed the presidential debates, and I havenít talked to one person yet who has admitted to watching them, thereís 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.

ē 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."

ē Naderís 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.

ē The most honest quote Iíve 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."

ē The Journalís 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 cainít do much better than that Bill Clinton now, can you?" That response, John says, rendered him speechless.

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Halloween Goat Stories

Sun, Oct 29th, 2000
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Monday, October 23, 2000

October is Pork Month so I would like to use this opportunity to talk about goats. I might as well confess that I have not known a goat in any particularly meaningful way. From what I hear about goats, it is possible t ..... 
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A revolutionary idea

Sun, Oct 29th, 2000
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Monday, October 9, 2000

"Are you going to watch the debates tonight?" someone asked me last Tuesday.

"No, I don't have a dog in that fight," I responded, using a George Bush, Sr. analogy for "No, I'm not going to watch the debates."
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Advice to a young man & A couple of things Iím not so sure about

Sun, Oct 29th, 2000
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Monday, October 23, 2000

I will begin by telling you that I am seventy-five years of age and that I am a recovering workaholic. I have been in a recovery program for the last fifty five years. I want you to understand that it is not easy for m ..... 
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Journal Profile # 80

Sun, Oct 29th, 2000
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Name: John Goutcher
Home: Preston
Age: 60
Profession: Retired High School Educator/Administrator
Family: Wife Shirley, Son
Jeff, Daughter Jennifer
Personal Hero: Moses, he took a large grou ..... 
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Cranberry Relish Salad

Sun, Oct 29th, 2000
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1 package (3 oz.) strawberry gelatin
1 cup boiling water
1/2 cup orange juice concentrate
1 package (12 oz.) fresh or frozen cranberries, chopped
1 medium apple, peeled and chopped
1-1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup chopped pecans

In ..... 
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10/30/00

Sun, Oct 29th, 2000
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Max, Maxxximum, Madcap, Cartoon, Food for thought, Fud 4 thot

Monday, October 30, 2000

Sun, Oct 29th, 2000
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To the Editor,

To the Editor,
A big thank you for the article "Finding his own way" (Journal, October 23). Very few medias would recognize what a human interest this story is for so many in our local community. It shows interest in ..... 
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Walter "Fish" Ward, Sr.

Sun, Oct 29th, 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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