Ex­er­cise your right to vote

Record Observer - - Opinion - Dan Tabler

Amer­ica is one na­tion that gives its cit­i­zens one of the great­est rights it the world — that right to vote for who will gov­ern our coun­try.

And now it is that time again. Please go to the polling place on Tues­day, Novem­ber 8, and your cast bal­lot. I know, I have said it and my friends have said it. We do not have much of a de­cent choice this time around in the pres­i­den­tial race. But there are many other peo­ple and ques­tions on the bal­lot. Do your re­spon­si­bil­ity and vote on elec­tion day.

I liked what I saw in the Mary­land Pub­lic Broad­cast­ing news­let­ter we re­ceive each month. It was quot­ing Bill Moy­ers, jour­nal­ist and po­lit­i­cal com­men­ta­tor.

He said: “Al­though our in­ter­ests as cit­i­zens vary, each one is an artery to the heart that pumps life through the body politic, and each is im­por­tant to the health of democ­racy.”

So please re­mem­ber your vote is im­por­tant. Take that time and cast your bal­lot on Tues­day, Novem­ber, 8.

••• PHOTO EX­HI­BI­TION Just a few days be­fore you go to vote, take some time on Fri­day, Novem­ber 4, for the open­ing of an ex­hi­bi­tion of black and white photos that “cap­ture the magic of the Eastern Shore through the faces of its peo­ple.” It will be held at the Queen Anne’s County Cen­tre for the Arts on Com­merce Street and is cer­tain to be most in­ter­est­ing. The open­ing re­cep­tion will run from 6 to 9 p.m., and I am look­ing for­ward to see­ing it.

Sorry I missed the dead­line to sub­mit pic­tures — we have been go­ing through a bunch of al­bums and boxes with pic­tures I and oth­ers have snapped over the years; there may have been a win­ner or two in there for this ex­hibit. The en­tries, I see, are be­ing judged by lo­cal pho­tog­ra­pher Anne Neil­son.


EF­FORT Gra­sonville vol­un­teer fire­fighter Justin Davis does more than fight fires, he is head­ing up a re­lief ef­fort to aid the first re­spon­ders and their fam­i­lies in flood­rav­aged Lum­ber­ton, North Carolina. He was to make his first truck trip with sup­plies down this week. Ac­cord­ing to the story in the paper, he has been in touch with fire chief in Lum­ber­ton to see what he can do to get sup­plies. Ap­par­ently the need for bed­ding is re­ally ur­gent. Here are the dropoff lo­ca­tions if you can help as listed in the story:

Shore Stop (South), 201 Ro­man­coke Road, Vape Bird, 356 Ro­man­coke Road, and Rams Head Shore House, 800 Main St., all in Stevensville; Gra­sonville Com­mu­nity Cen­ter, 5601 Main St., and Mas­sage By Jess, 430 Kent Nar­rows Road, in Gra­sonville; A-Shore Out Bail Bonds, 101 S. Com­merce St., in Cen­tre­ville; and Best Western Inn & Suites, 8708 Ali­cia Dr., and Napa, 270 N. Washington St., in Eas­ton.

Dy­nas­plit Sys­tems em­ploy­ees are col­lect­ing dona­tions, so is Gra­sonville Ele­men­tary School, and Shore Stop is not only a drop off site but has com­mit­ted to help with fuel, Davis said.

••• IT WAS A SUR­PRISE! My old fire com­pany buddy, Jerry Walls was sur­prised by his fam­ily on his 80th birth­day with a big party at the fire­house Sun­day. He told me that he re­ally was sur­prised as he told he was on his way to some­thing else en­tirely. Jerry and I, along with a few other se­nior mem­bers, sit on the back row dur­ing fire com­pany meet­ings and of­fer you our sug­ges­tions if asked. The party was re­ally a grand af­fair for all.

••• DID YOU SEE IT Read in the paper where the rocket launch from Wal­lops Is­land last week could be seen up and down the Shore, so we walked out back at the proper time and spot­ted the rocket car­ry­ing sup­plies to the In­ter­na­tional Space Sta­tion in the south­east sky for a few min­utes. It was mov­ing fast and sud­denly the light went out. Did it reach the Space Sta­tion? I don’t re­call see­ing any­thing in the papers later about it.

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