Let the 2016 games be­gin

Record Observer - - Opin­ion -

I am sure most of my read­er­friends are look­ing for­ward to the start of the Olympics in Rio on Aug. 5, as we have watched Team USA get ready with all the events on the tube. It will surely be more fun to watch the games in­stead of all the po­lit­i­cal stuff we have had to put up with all sum­mer long.

My neigh­bor­ing colum­nist up in Kent County, Lanny Parks, who has a weekly visit in the Tide­wa­ter Trader has an idea that I cer­tainly agree with, but won­der if it can be suc­cess­ful. She said why not make the Olympic games a per­ma­nent site in one na­tion — well, one for sum­mer and an­other for win­ter — and the host coun­try would not have to go though the over­whelm­ing ex­pense of build­ing sites for the games and the ath­letes’ vil­lage each time. They re­port that Brazil is spend­ing mil­lions, and it is al­ready in a bad eco­nomic straits to have the Olympics in Rio. As Lanny noted, there could be some fi­nan­cial ar­range­ment in place for na­tions to bid on.

Mean­while, let the games be­gin on Aug. 5 and hope all goes well!

••• LET­TER FROM TRUMP Did you get your let­ter from Donald Trump?

Both of us are reg­is­tered Repub­li­cans here, but I was the only one to re­ceive a MAKE AMER­ICA GREAT AGAIN let­ter from The Donald. It was a long sur­vey he wanted me to fill out and re­turn, along with a con­tri­bu­tion to his cam­paign. All the ques­tions in the sur­vey were formed to make Trump look good and Hil­lary Clin­ton look bad — so what else is new? Sorry, Mr. Trump, any spare cash we have is spent right here at home and not on your cam­paign.

••• TEN YEARS AGO It was just 10 years ago that the Record Ob­server printed a spe­cial well-doc­u­mented spe­cial sec­tion on the county’s Tri­cen­ten­nial — 1706 to 2006. I found a copy the other day and got a kick out of go­ing over it again.

One of the main fea­tures was a cou­ple pages with pic­tures of the visit of Princess Anne and her hus­band Capt. Mark Phillips, as she ded­i­cated the statute of Queen Anne on the court­house green the week­end of June 18-19, which was be­ing cel­e­brated as Queen Anne’s Days. (By the way, what­ever hap­pened to the ob­ser vance of our own Queen Anne’s Days?) I re­call be­ing on the front rows there with other press pho­tog­ra­phers strain­ing to get a good shot of the Princess as she charmed the crowd — a record num­ber of peo­ple com­ing into town for the big af­fair. I had long be­fore re­tired as edi­tor of the Record-Ob­server, but still kept my hand in with the col­umn and free-lance writ­ing, so was able to se­cure a press pass and get up close. It was a grand and glo­ri­ous week­end!

There was also a long fea­ture about the weekly pa­pers in the county, the Record-Ob­server and Bay Times. It noted that the book “Newspapers of Mary­land’s East­ern Shore” by Dick­son J. Preston, claimed the old­est news­pa­per in con­tin­u­ous ex­is­tence on the Shore is the Queen Anne’s Record-Ob­server. It grew out of the Cen­tre­ville Times, which was es­tab­lished July 17, 1824. The Bay Times was started in Novem­ber 1963 by my old friend and col­league, the late Chris Rosendale. His first edi­tion car­ried a front page pic­ture of Pres­i­dent Kennedy who had been shot the week be­fore.

Both pa­pers are still go­ing strong and hope­fully for years to come!

••• OUR FAIR IS COM­ING Be­sides look­ing for­ward to the Olympics, we are also await­ing the an­nual County Fair out at the 4-H Park in Au­gust. It is an event we never miss and we hope this year’s week will be an­other rous­ing suc­cess for ev­ery­one in­volved.

We are so for­tu­nate to have this grand 4-H Park. It was back in 1941 that George Mof­fett do­nated 26 acres to be­come the Park, and it was just a year later that the first 4-H Fair was held. It is one of the largest county fairs in the state, as most of the ones here on the Shore are just two or three days long.

Dan Tabler

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