A farewell wish to readers
ELKTON — For more than two years, Cuffs’ comments have appeared on the Friday pages of the Cecil Whig, and I appreciate the kindness of the editors, who allowed me the opportunity to share Cuffs’ thoughts and opinions with this fine newspaper’s readers.
To some, Cuffs was an annoyance, and his conservative, common sense observations ruined their day. To others, the North Street Hotel’s infamous regular mirrored their feelings, and his traditional perspectives on current events were both understood and appreciated.
So it’s with mixed feelings that I write that Cuffs has sold Ranchero Cuffswego and will be moving from deep red, socialist Maryland to dark blue, patriotic Alabama.
The local curmudgeon extends his best wishes to his friends in Cecil County. In particular, he thanks Jimmy Nicholson, owner of Elkton’s historic North Street Hotel, for the proprietor’s forbearance and hospitality over the years.
The town’s oldest continuous commercial operation, dating back to 1919, was Cuffs’ second home. And it continues to provide a great gathering place with a welcoming, friendly atmosphere, to all who passed through its doors. May its presence continue for many years.
In Cuffs mind, Jimmy’s historic establishment exemplifies the accuracy of the folk proverb: “It’s not good because it’s old. It’s old because it’s good.”
Cuffs asked that I include these parting comments.
“If you’re ever having a bad day, or think your task is too difficult to achieve,” Cuffs said. “Think back to the shocking events that occurred late on the evening of Nov. 8, 2016 — a full year ago this very week. When a controversial businessman with no political experience, handily won the presidency of the United States of America — besting nearly two-dozen professional political ‘ex- perts,’ and crushed both his predestined opponent and the unbeatable Clinton machine.
“And, as an added bonus, imagine Hillary Clinton and her weeping supporters — who knew her elevation to the White House was “in the bag” — staring at a map of America’s scarlet-labeled Rust Belt states, that they ignored and took for granted — and lost.
“The result of 2016,” Cuffs said, “is one of those rare miraculous moments that prove there is a God.”
Thank you all for reading. And best wishes. “Make America Great Again.”
— Ed Okonowicz