But when does it all end?
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?