Notes from all over

by GDA


The 2016 Olympics is over and the United States has swept the medal count again. I couldn't get real interested in these Olympics. There wasn't any real competition for this country. China was a distant second and never really competed for the medals that we in the States deem important. Russia used to be the big villain, but they were way down in fifth place.
I did follow the "awesome" races that Michael Phelps swam and won. He is probably one of the most outstanding Olympians ever. Yes, we had several other greats, including Simone Biles who defies gravity and is undoubtedly one of the best gymnasts ever. Of course, Katie Ledecky winning gold in the 200, 400 and 800 meter freestyle and breaking two world records, her own, in doing so, was great. The Olympics wouldn't be the same without the world's fastest man, Usain Bolt of Jamaica.
There were a lot of great races and competitors to write about, but it is over.
I still liked it when there were more real competitive races between athletes from the U.S. and that dreaded country, U.S.S.R.
Congratulations to all Olympians. They are all winners.
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I just received an email from a loyal reader comparing Democrat Presidents John F. Kennedy and Barack Hussein Obama. Kennedy is famous for putting a man on the moon while Obama is famous for putting a man in the ladies' bathrooms.
Now watch the letters come in.
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The Democrat machine is upset because the Russians supposedly found the missing 30,0000 plus emails that Hillary Clinton couldn't find to give over to the FBI. If the Russians really did hack in, they wouldn't have left trails that they did it, though. They have one of the top four intelligence agencies in the world. The USA had the best in the NSA, but not anymore. I thought Obama was going to have a transparent administration. Of course, he passed his Obamacare bill behind closed doors and no one actually read it. That lone bill controls a large part of our economy and it is falling apart. One of the largest insurance companies in the world is cutting way back on offering health insurance and more will follow. Obamacare is a joke with less people actually being insured than before. More might say they are covered, but the deductible amounts have risen to $5,000 to $10,000 which means they only have catastrophic insurance. The costs are just too high. We are to blame for letting these people do that to us.
By the way, it seems there are reports the Russians hacked the Republicans, too. Face it, with the Internet, nothing is sacred or secret anymore. We haven't seen all the problems that are coming because of the Internet. Did you know you can deposit a check in your bank through your telephone and still have the check? I suppose you could take the same check elsewhere to cash it. That is just one of the problems.
The Internet has grown by leaps and bounds with no real watchdog over it. Just be careful when you use it.
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School is starting next week and with it a lot of sports. It is hard to see how these student athletes can go to school, study and usually get good grades, attend practices every night when they aren't playing, and still keep going. They are young, of course, but....
Make sure you get out to the game and cheer them on.
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Have a good week.

To the Editor:
I found your editorial, and the related comments of Angie Simonson, which appeared in the August 4 edition of the Cook News-Herald interesting. Each of you suggested that it might be time to consider third party candidates.
I couldn't agree more. And we have a creditable choice this year. The Libertarian Party's presidential candidate is former two-term governor of New Mexico, Gary Johnson. Its vice presidential candidate is former two-term governor of Massachusetts, Bill Weld. These gentlemen have the experience, leadership abilities and character to serve in those offices.
The Libertarian Party is the third largest party, will be on the ballot in all 50 states and advocates positions that are fiscally responsible and socially tolerant. As president and vice president, Johnson and Weld would share some common ground with both of the old parties and be in the best position to work out constructive compromises. And they would not be beholden to special interests.
Isn't it time to stop wasting our votes in the rigged game perpetuated by the old parties? This year we all have a creditable option - Governors Johnson and Weld!
John Bowers, Crane Lake