2008.06.04 Political season drones on

Written by David Green.

By RICH FOLEY

Tired of all the political talk whenever you open a newspaper, turn on the radio or try to watch television? Would it cheer you up to realize there are five more months of it to come? Yes, this has to be the longest campaign in history and there’s way too much more left. No amount of complaining will shorten it, so we might as well make of it what we can.

Locally, I have to say I’m finding quite a bit of entertainment in the race for Lenawee County Sheriff. Eight candidates have filed for the office and all of them seem to have some type of experience that would serve them well in the office. It might be tough to pick a candidate solely on experience and qualifications, so getting out and meeting the voters on a personal level becomes even more important to the candidates.

Never has there been so many candidates for the office, and as a group, they could be considered the best and brightest in local law enforcement. That raises the question, who’s watching out for the bad guys while eight of the county’s finest are out campaigning? Even current sheriff Richardson is running for another post so we can’t expect him to do it all, either.  Seriously, I’m sure all of the candidates will be doing their campaigning on their own time. Still, it might be a bit safer to live in Ohio until after the election.

On the national scene, the campaign for president seems to have lasted forever and one party still is waiting for the last of the losing candidates to give up. I’m sure to upset some supporters of Hilary Clinton, but I can’t believe her nerve in continuing to demand she be awarded the delegate votes from Michigan and Florida.

The Democratic Party was quite clear in letting the states know well ahead of time that moving the dates of their primaries ahead would cause their delegates not to be seated. Candidates were asked to remove their names from the rogue states’ ballots and in Michigan, all major candidates except Senator Clinton complied.

Now, she demands that the delegates be seated, saying that doing otherwise would disenfranchise the voters, voters who had a choice only of voting for Hilary or no one. Going through with an outlaw primary with only one major candidate on the ballot was the real disenfranchisement.

It’s kind of like a bank robber saying he should be allowed to keep the money because to give it back would take away the money’s right to be stolen. Last weekend, the rogue delegates were granted the right to be seated, although with one half vote each. Ms. Clinton doesn’t seem to consider this enough, retaining her right to protest this present from her party. You just can’t satisfy some people. And the campaign goes on.

 By the time you read this, we should know the winner of the Montana primary, probably the first time in history anyone cared, even in Missoula. At least it will be fun to watch the network journalists reporting from places like Butte, Helena, and Kallispell. South Dakota voted yesterday as well. I hope you didn’t lose any sleep waiting for the exit polls from Mitchell, Sioux Falls and Rapid City.

Sometimes I wonder what the reporting would have been like if television existed in the 1800s. In 1881, President Garfield was shot and lived nearly three months before passing away. At first, doctors said his wounds were not life threatening. But a succession of physicians probing his body in an attempt to remove the bullet resulted in an infection and Garfield eventually died, more due to their meddling than to the initial shooting.

Just think what television coverage of that story would have been like as Garfield’s condition improved, then worsened. And it happened during the summer, so there would have been something to watch other than reruns. Then there was the trial after his death.

Charles Guiteau, charged with Garfield’s assassination, tried the novel defense tactic of pointing out that Garfield was initially expected to live. Guiteau claimed that he merely shot Garfield, it was an act of God and the doctors who killed him. These days, that might have worked, but the courts of the day convicted and executed him. And yes, John McCain may be old, but he wasn’t on the Guiteau jury.

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    THE MAYOR—Cecil Schoonover poses with a collection of garden gnomes that mysteriously arrive and disappear from his property. Along with the gnomes, someone created the sign stating that he is the Mayor of Gnomesville. He hasn’t yet tracked down the people involved in the prank, but he’s having a good time with the mystery.
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    TAKE A BREAK—Last Wednesday’s session of Stair District Library’s Summer Reading Program ended with a quiet period in a class presented by yoga instructor Melany Gladieux of Toledo. Children learned a variety of yoga poses in the main room at the library, then finished off the session relaxing. Additional photos are on page 7. Area children are invited to visit the library today when the Michigan Science Center presents a flight program at 11 a.m. and roller coasters at 1 p.m.
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    THE DERBY—Tyler “Smallpox” Flakne of Minnesota’s Home Run League All-Stars goes for the fence Friday night during the National Wiffle League Association’s home run derby in Morenci. This year the wiffleball national tournament moved from Dublin, Ohio, to Morenci’s Wakefield Park. During the derby, competitors had two minutes to hit as many home runs as possible. The winner this year finished with 21. See page 6 and 7 for additional photos.
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    OUT OF THIS WORLD—Elizabeth McFadden and Elise Christle pose in front of the green screen as VolunTeen Noah Gilson makes them appear as though they are standing on the Moon. More photos from the Stair District Library’s NASA @ My Library program are on page 12.
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    Lannis Smith of the Leslie Science and Nature Center in Ann Arbor shows off a python last week at Stair District Library's Summer Reading Program.
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    FIREWORKS erupt Saturday night over Morenci’s Wakefield Park during the waning hours of the Town and Country Festival. Additional festival photos are inside.
  • Pipeline Spread
    LINED UP—Lengths of pipe were put in place last week along the route of the Rover natural gas pipeline that will stretch from Defiance, Ohio, to Ontario, Canada. Topsoil was removed before the pipes were laid out. The 42-inch diameter pipeline is scheduled for completion in November.
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    ROCKHOUNDS—From the left, Joseph McCullough, Sean Pagett and Jonathan McCullough peer through hand lenses to study rocks. The project is part of Morenci Elementary School’s summer camp that continues into August.

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