Election woes; need third choice
I hope when I get to the election site in November that I can get a ballot that has three lines on it: CLINTON, TRUMP, NONE OF THE ABOVE. The campaigning has been going on much too long and from what I hear and read, voters will be casting their ballot against a candidate instead of voting for someone they like.
I’m sure most voters hoped to learn something more of the candidates at the first debate, but I turned it off after the first half-hour as Trump was talking over Clinton and the moderator could not keep order. As for questions, I am not aware that Trump had tougher questions tossed at him, but the man goes off on tangents that indicate to me he knows nothing about government; which, as his supporters say, is the reason to vote for him — get less government. Personally, I have voted in many elections, and I will vote again this time, but will probably hold my nose. Trump is a big blowhard who I don’t want near our nuclear bomb button and Clinton is a pathological liar.
Well, I guess I will look at the next debate on Sunday, and hope I can make more sense out of it than the first one.
Sorry to start off this week’s visit on such a down note, but I am mighty unhappy with the two major candidates who are running for the highest office in the greatest nation in the world.
••• ANY STAMP COLLECTORS? Do any of my reader friends have stamp collections and are still collecting? We started a stamp club in the Boy Scout troop many years ago and that’s when I began my collections. We pulled all the albums out of the cabinet the other day and I will be glad to give them to anyone now collecting stamps.
Besides a regular album, I have several albums full of First Day Covers, probably a couple hundred; and here is another book full of unused U.S. stamps of all kinds.
If you are a collector, or just starting to collect stamps, give me a call, I’ll be glad to give them to you.
••• MORE FUNDRAISERS There will be several more tasty fundraisers in town during October for the fire company, church and Masonic lodge.
Goodwill Fire Company will be holding its first pancake breakfast on Saturday, Oct. 16, an all-you-can-eat affair starting at 7:30 a.m. and running to 11 a.m.
The Masonic lodge will hold their annual ham and fried oyster dinner at the lodge on Saturday Oct. 8, from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. that is open to the public. This is always a grand affair, $24, adults, and $12, children 5-12. Those youngsters under 5 are free.
Then we have the annual fall chicken barbecue carry-out by the Methodist Medn of the Centreville United Methodist Church on Wednesday, Oct. 26, from 3 to 6 p.m. It follows the fire company barbecue by a month. The carry-out price is just $7, and there will also be a bake desert table run by the Methodist Women’s group of the church.
••• FREE MAGAZINE I usually pick up the Shore Home and Garden magazine at Edward’s each month and also one of the Outlook by the Bay when a stack comes into the library at every quarter.
For Halloween I see the Home and Garden issue says that more than 35 million pounds of candy corn will be produced and given away during the holiday. It said the equates to 9 billion pieces or enough to encircle the moon nearly four times if laid end-to-end; although I can’t imagine how that was figured!
Outlook By the Bay had a piece about oyster farming by individuals on the Chesapeake. It has been resisted by watermen for years, but now there is a growing understanding that this could be an alternative economic opportunity for watermen. It noted also that Virginia has the largest oyster farming industry on the East Coast. Why doesn’t Maryland have more? We certainly have more of the Bay than does Virginia? The story continued that “viable oyster-farming industry throughout the Bay would have substantial benefits for consumers, the marine economy and the environment.”