Thursday, January 11, 2007
Close to Nowhere
By Linda Jones
It’s time for politics again!
This week, political candidates have been coming in steadily, signing up for the political column.
It seemed a bit strange Monday, when one of the candidates came in and signed up. He went to school with my children and now, he’s old enough to run for office.
Seems we just finished one political season -- the elections in November -- and here we are starting another, all over again.
I will have to say that in November I became heartily sick of the Harold Ford -- Bob Corker campaign. The mud flying through the air made it hard to catch your breath!
Not that it mattered one way or another to either of those candidates, since I haven’t been able to vote in a Tennessee election in over 20 years, but dirty politics is one surefire way to get me not to vote for you.
I’m grateful that local politics around here are generally not that nasty. Usually I know and like both sides in any election and would hate to have to remember all that mud after the election.
Oh, I invited the young man who was in school with my kids to put a campaign sign in my front yard. If I didn’t invite you to put a sign there, it will be tossed in the garbage.
Litter is a huge problem down my road and my entire family, along with many of my neighbors, object strenuously to political advertising adding to the litter on our road. Many of us like for candidates, whom we intend to vote for, to put signs out. However, if said candidate doesn’t ask first, well, right into the garbage goes that sign!
I really enjoy the political season and processes. I have voted in every election I was eligible for since I turned 18. So has my husband and so have both our children.
Back in the ’60s, when Kennedy was running against Nixon, I was a devout Kennedy fan (I won’t tell you how old I was, but I wasn’t going to be able to vote for a “few” more years).
My friends and I were so excited about the impending election and we all waited with great anticipation to hear who won. I can remember thinking that I would just “die” if Kennedy didn’t win.
I don’t think I’ve ever been as enthusiastic about a presidential race since that one either...
And now, Bill Renick has announced he’s running for governor, which should make for an exciting race.
June, July and August will be harrowing months, not only for the politicians, but for us here at the newspaper. Why am I excited about that?
I will say though -- I’m very glad that it’s not a presidential election year!
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