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In this weeks edition:

Holiday, election and more…

We had a great weekend with family and friends. The weather, for the most part, was cooperative. By the time Monday rolled around I needed rest before I could prepare mentally or physically for work on Tuesday. Boy, getting old sucks… But it was all worth it as the entire family was around for holiday.
By the time most of you read this, Early Voting will have begun. It will be interesting to review the numbers after the election is over. I think it will be a safe prediction that more people will vote, either by absentee ballot or early voting than will vote on election day.
Unfortunately, it appears that I was right to be concerned with potential corruption pertaining to vast numbers of absentee ballots. I read last week that state officials have begun at least one investigation into election fraud pertaining to absentee voting. The story didn’t give much information, saying state law prohibited the disclosure of details. Now I wonder what lobbyist got that little note added to the law.
I have learned over the years, that when it comes to croocked or shady behavior, the old adage “where there is a will there is a way” certainly applies. I hope level heads will prevail and the movement to get all elections on-line and/or absentee gets derailed. It is a terrible idea.
I will be taking advantage of the Early Voting time period. I have for a number of elections and I think it is a convenient addition to the voting process.
I have thought and thought about endorsing candidates in this election. I certainly have some favorites. After milling it over for quite a while, I have decided to keep my choices private. If I have learned anything sitting behind this desk for more than 45 years… a sure-fire way to start an argument and/or lose friends is to discuss politics or religion. But I do want to encourage everyone, who has not already done so, to go vote. I honestly don’t care who you vote for, but I do believe that we must take this process seriously and participate.
Let me conclude this writing on a positive note. We received a number of favorable responses to our special graduation supplement that was part of our last issue. I even had a few people tell me they agreed with our reasoning of putting it out now opposed to waiting. As mixed up as this year has been, these seniors should be prepared for anything life throws at them.

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