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Archived Issue
Sunday, September 13, 2020
ISSUE #1028
City decisions spark controversy, and election hysteria

Columbus:  A consultant has been hired right here in Columbus to round up solar and wind electric sources, at the least additional cost, to satisfy all the electricity needs for city residents by 2023. For this service, which will increase electric rates, he is expected to receive over a million dollars a year for 15 years.  No contract has been signed because city residents will vote in November whether to go through with this “green deal.”

Well, I have a better idea. It won’t get on the ballot, but I hereby offer my services to the residents of Columbus to sign up the lowest cost electricity from generating plants powered by natural gas. This will decrease their monthly bills. My compensation will come from a tiny part of those savings, never more than $500,000 a year.  Furthermore, I will guarantee the electricity will keep flowing even when the wind don’t blow and the sun goes down.

Columbus ain’t the only city with dumb decisions. Los Angeles has canceled Halloween. Because of Covid-19. Now, help me understand this. The one day of the year when everyone wants to wear a mask, it’s banned. The one evening a year when kids look forward to turning off the computer, going outside, and walking!

A lot of politicians and commentators are hysterical over the prospect of mail-in ballots delaying the election results for weeks. It seems that several states allow requests for absentee ballots until the day before the election. And none of the ballots received early can be counted until Election day. Well, these Legislatures need to pass a bill that any request for a ballot must come 10 days before the election, ballots must be received by Election day, and each county Election Board will designate two honest people to count the ballots as they arrive and not blab the results. Then on election night add those numbers to the in-person voting results.  And we can go to bed by midnight.

Historic quotes by Will Rogers:

“President (Roosevelt) made one of his best speeches in Tupelo, Miss., Sunday. He told that the people could make their own electric energy cheaper than they were getting it. And say, by Monday morning he had the companies talking ‘new rates.’” DT #2586, Nov. 19, 1934  (referring to the TVA)

“There is only one redeeming thing about this whole election. It will be over at sundown, and let everybody pray that it’s not a tie.” DT #1953, Nov. 7, 1932

“This country has gotten where it is in spite of politics, not by the aid of it. That we have carried as much political bunk as we have and still survived shows we are a super nation.” DT #1948, Nov. 1, 1932

“I make a living off (politicians), so I can’t knock ’em. Every time we elect some fellow, we think he’s terrible and then when we get another one in, he’s worse. So, I am always in favor of keeping the one we’ve got and let the other go.” NBC Radio, May 16, 1932 (Pomona, CA)

“Coolidge made less speeches and got more votes than any man that ever run. (William Jennings) Bryan was listened to and cheered by more people than any single human in politics, and he lost. So there is a doubt just whether talking does you good or harm.” DT #673, Sept. 21, 1928

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