--A stranger asked me the other day, apparently in all seriousness, which presidential candidate I would be voting for, Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump. Before answering I thought to myself, “boy, this guy doesn’t know me very well, does he?”
I did my best not to laugh and to look serious and pensive, like I was really deliberating over the answer I was about to give. This was not easy because the guy stared at me as if he really cared about what answer I was about to give, which I thought was just hilarious. Finally, I stood up, cleared my throat, and uttered my answer. “Neither!”, I pronounced, as dramatically as I could.
“But what do you mean, ‘neither’”, he quickly queried, adding, “aren’t you going to vote?” I somehow managed to keep my dour demeanor a moment longer and said, “I only vote for people whose name appears on my ballot. We are a very long way from having a ballot put before us. What is happening now is just all news media networks with not enough real news to report, thank God. They are amusing themselves by making a story out of what isn’t a story yet.”
At this, my friend couldn’t contain his exasperation. “But this is how we decide who becomes our president!”, he blurted. “No,” I replied, again in all seriousness, “this is how political party people decide who will be their parties’ candidates in the real election. I am not a member of any political party, so they don’t ask me and I don’t decide anything yet.”
“Besides,” I added, “you can’t be seriously thinking that either of the two human beings you mentioned in your question could ever be a credible candidate for our nation’s highest elected office, could you? One is a clown and the other is a pretender.” I paused to let him decide which one was which.
“No sir,” I continued, raising the tone of my voice as if I were delivering my own campaign speech, “if you ask me even Lincoln Chafee has a better chance to be the party nominee of his party than either Ms. Clinton or Mr. Trump because neither one of them could possibly survive the process after all the foolishness they’ve participated in thus far.” Before he could form a response to this, I went in for the kill. “And you know the decision won’t even be announced for another year! How could anyone survive the pot-shots and general slings and arrows these two are attracting long enough to even BE the nominee?”, I asked rhetorically. “No, enjoy the show as long as it goes, but plan to vote for someone you don’t know yet.”
I left him scratching his head.
A short time later I ran into a friend of mine who always has a snarky comment for everything. I told him the story I just related to all of you and he said, “The problem with this country is that people like that VOTE.” I told you he was snarky, didn’t I?
--I think one of the most under-appreciated features of our city is our Museum of Work and Culture. It’s always there, host to thousands of visitors to our city and tells the fascinating story of Woonsocket’s past and the people who built her. We all have an opportunity to improve that appreciation level and to support this gem in the heart of our city by attending the 17th Annual Labor Day Open House on Monday September 7th from 9:30am to 4pm. The list of attractions is lengthy, but includes:
-A screening of “Inning Three” from the Ken Burns documentary about Baseball at 11am and 2pm.
-Presentations and Limited Giveaways from author Greg Rubano, Napoleon Lajoie researcher, at 10am and 1pm.
-Opening Reception by The Arts Guild of Woonsocket.
-Traditional Baseball Food for sale by Bugged-Out BBQ.
-And a delicious Wright’s Dairy Farm Cake commemorating the birthday of Baseball Hall-Of-Famer “Nap” Lajoie will be served.
To make it all that-much-more special, admission to the museum on Labor Day is absolutely free that day, and all the regular exhibits will also be available for your enjoyment.
I hope you’ll all consider taking a part of your holiday to visit Woonsocket’s Museum of Work and Culture. --That's what I think. What do you think? Comments to: firstname.lastname@example.org or postal mail to Dave Richards, WOON Radio, 985 Park Avenue, Woonsocket, RI 02895-6332.
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