Elec­tion woes; need third choice

Record Observer - - Opinion - Dan Tabler

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.”

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