Notes scribbled on the back of an Ursula Andress blacklight poster . . .
We’ve been asked why we did not endorse any candidate this election. One wise-acre asked if we wised up and stopped endorsing. Several of you say you missed it. Still another asked if we were endorsing Trump.
Ah, so many questions so little time.
First, to the Trump question. Our clocks fell back an hour Sunday, not two years. As for endorsements, yes, we will continue to offer our thoughts when we feel it’s warranted. I’ve been lucky enough to work for some awfully good newspapers over the decades and most of the good ones do indeed give their opinion on candidates they believe deserving. Why? Well, first off, we are one of the few mediums that people pay to come to their homes so they must at least value some of our opinions . . . and of course that’s all it is, our opinion. Take it or leave it and, like this column says, the value is probably a bit south of the proverbial two cents.
As to this particular election, we simply don’t feel an endorsement should be made between the candidates. This election – especially at the county level – isn’t about one candidate vs. another. It’s about a direction. Zoning? Wind farms? The candidates have made their positions clear and your vote is more about those issues than anything else.
We figure that’s about as clear as it gets.
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ONE THING I will say about this election, I can’t wait to watch TV again without seeing a Donnelley or Braun ad. Is the madness of mud-slinging ever going to end? Well, probably not as long as we keep rewarding mud-slingers with our votes.
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MOVING ON, NOT ready to say anything about 2019 yet, but there won’t be a 2018 version of The Challenge. The popular community fund-raiser brought to you by The Paper, Athena Sport & Fitness and Franciscan Health Crawfordsville is taking a break. But thanks to many of you, we raised more than $30,000 in the program’s short history.
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SPEAKING OF The Paper, we want to thank those of you who have signed up for the Sunday Edition! We recently started selling a Sunday-only subscription and didn’t have a clue if it would catch on or not. Thanks for making it work!
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DON’T FORGET that Sunday is Veterans Day, although it’s being observed on Monday this year. That’s OK, it gives us two days to say thanks to those special men and women who have done so much for this country. I think in this poisonous time of political squabbles that we overlook some of the really important things. I hate to think we ever miss a chance to say thanks to teachers, first-responders or military!
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FOR THOSE OF you wondering about what’s in store weather-wise this winter, I hate to share . . . but everything I’ve read and heard points to cold and snow. From the number of fogs in August to wooly worms to persimmon seeds to the wind the day of, the day before and the day after the fall equinox (I know, I never heard of that one until this year) . . . all the signs point to lots of snow (as in go buy a snowblower, or move south) and frigid cold. Tell me again why we all live here? On purpose?
Two cents, which is about how much Timmons said his columns are worth, appears periodically on Tuesdays in The Paper. Timmons is the publisher of The Paper and can be contacted at ttimmons@thepaper24-7.com.