But when does it all end?

Record Observer - - Opinion - Dan Tabler

All this pre-elec­tion cam­paign­ing is mak­ing me sick and tired of look­ing at TV or even turn­ing to the news­pa­pers. Frankly, I am not real thrilled about any of the who ap­pear to be the nom­i­nees of each party — won­der who the In­de­pen­dent can­di­dates will be on the bal­lot?

I am sure it would not be pos­si­ble to do, but maybe Congress could en­act some leg­is­la­tion that cuts down on cam­paign­ing for of­fice to a cou­ple months in­stead of a cou­ple years.

You prob­a­bly re­al­ize it now that we don’t have any BIG nuggets to fill our col­umn space this week; but I want to say again how much it means to me when some­one stops me on the street or in the li­brary to say how much they en­joy read­ing the col­umn.

Well, I do have a few clip­pings and notes here on this messy desk, so let’s get with it:

••• A FEW ODDS AND ENDS • One of the long­est clip­pings comes from The Star Demo­crat; and is the story of how the ma­jor­ity of the Queen Anne’s County Board of Ed­u­ca­tion re­fused to back­down on their re­fusal to re­new the con­tract of Dr. Carol Wil­liamson as su­per­in­ten­dent of schools, de­spite the over­whelm­ing num­ber of pleas from teach­ers and par­ents alike, I kinda wish I was still ed­i­tor of the Record Ob­server when I cov­ered all the BOE meet­ings. I be­lieve I would be ask­ing a heck­uva lot of ques­tions to those three women who are turn­ing down Dr. Wil­liamson with­out ver y many spe­cific an­swers so far. I also find it really ironic that on the same page with this story is an­other story and pic­ture of Dr. Wil­liamson re­ceiv­ing an award for ed­u­ca­tion at a con­fer­ence in Ocean City. Ap­par­ently some­one or some group be­lieves our su­per­in­ten­dent is do­ing some­thing right.

• An­other news­pa­per story and pic­ture in the Sun the other day gave me pause. It seems the M&T Bank Sta­dium is get­ting grass sod put down for the up­com­ing football sea­son. They have been play­ing on ar­ti­fi­cial grass for some time now. The sod is com­ing from some place in North Carolina. Now we have a large sod farm just out­side Cen­tre­ville; or have had for years. Won­der why the sta­dium peo­ple did not get their sod here, a lot closer to Bal­ti­more?

• I’ve of­ten won­dered why we con­tinue to get mail that of­fers some­thing FREE in big let­ters but they tell you in the copy that you have to buy some­thing to get the FREE item. If you have to pay money to get the FREE item, how can it be free? The lat­est came from the World Wildlife Fund over in Washington. They want to give us a FREE zip­pered cooler bag, but only if you send a do­na­tion of $15 or more. Ah, well, into file 13 along with those other “free” let­ters!

• In an­other mail, ad­dressed to Ruth, comes a let­ter in a large en­ve­lope from the Dis­abled Vet­er­ans Na­tional Foun­da­tion Inc., also in Washington. The large en­ve­lope con­tained a pen and 2016-17 book for plan­ning the up­com­ing year; plus a leather (prob­a­bly not real leather) binder along with a small com­puter and a scrap pad. Oh, al­most for­got, there was even a check for $2.50 made out to her, which said she could cash it if she wanted to, but they would rather have it back along with a big­ger check made out to them. It makes you won­der just how good is this out­fit in giv­ing funds to dis­abled vet­er­ans they are re­ceiv­ing from peo­ple all over the coun­try?

• Hey, it’s base­ball sea­son and along comes the Tal­bot Fair Plays, those fel­lows from Eas­ton and Queen Anne’s County who play ball with­out gloves. Found the sched­ule in my cubby in the li­brar y the other day. The girls said it was left for me. It must have come from my old friend down on Kent Is­land, Jim Ap­ple, who is one of the play­ers on the bare-handed team. He gave me a sched­ule a few years ago and I went down to Eas­ton to see a game. They play by rules of 1864, and yes, they play with­out gloves. The league they are in has teams up and down the East Coast. The Fair Play Boys will play the Ken­nett Square Mo­hi­cans in Eas­ton on May 22 at noon. They don’t have a big sta­dium and folks just come and bring a chair or blan­ket to sit on. The di­a­mond is in Mt. Pleas­ant, just off North Washington Street. If you are a base­ball fan, you would get a kick out of see­ing them play a game. They play two games away and the next game will be on June 12 at home against the Brandy­wine BBC, also start­ing at noon. The Fair Plays are pretty good, they have been play­ing for 10 years and have a 194-win, 98loss record.

• Fi­nally, did you hap­pen to see that pic­ture in the real es­tate sec­tion of The Star Demo­crat the other day? It said the Play­boy man­sion in Los Angeles is on sale for $200 mil­lion! Well, it does have 29 rooms, it said; but did not give any more par­tic­u­lars. You have to won­der what the mort­gage would be?

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