A farewell wish to read­ers

Cecil Whig - - OPINION -

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

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