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At last, the election junk mail ends today

November 6, 2018

Random thoughts, election-wise and otherwise:

Should we feel sorry for our letter carriers or be happy for them? On the one hand, every day they have delivered three or four pieces of mail from political candidates or their supporters. On rural routes, that means the carrier must stop at every mailbox.

By now we all know that Carol Miller is in the pockets of Big Pharma, Richard Ojeda cannot be trusted, Joe Manchin is in it for himself and Patrick Morrisey was a lobbyist for companies that flooded the state with opioids. That is, that’s what we know if our primary source of information is the election material our carriers deliver daily.

It’s a lot of work for our mail carriers. However, do the carriers think that this is what’s paying their salaries for this year? We all have things we don’t like doing, but they pay the bills. The same would go for having to deliver all this election material that finds its way to the trash can without being in the house for 30 seconds, assuming it even makes it into the house.

How many people have changed their votes because of this junkiest of junk mail?

Anyway, today should be the last day we have to pull those things out of our mailboxes. We hope.

And now for something completely different: This past summer I began watching clips and highlights of Canadian Football League games. They are so much more interesting than American football. The field is bigger, there are 12 men on the field for each team, three downs instead of four, deeper end zones — so much makes it a more wide-open game than the relatively dull stuff offered by the NFL.

For all my life, I have heard newspapers referred to as “fish wrappers,” but I have never seen a fish wrapped in a newspaper.

Can we please have just one terrible event where people don’t race to be the first to blame it on people they disagree with politically? Will we ever again be able to show respect to the dead and to the survivors long enough to think of them first for a day or two?

Be careful of any election material or ads that talk about forced pooling of natural gas. There are several terms the Legislature uses when talking about property rights in natural gas areas. Forced pooling, co-tenancy and joint development are usually the big topics. They all mean different things, but people not familiar with the jargon tend to refer to the entire debate as being about forced pooling. That muddies the discussion and can lead a person to the wrong conclusion.

On a much more serious note, last week three children — identical twin brothers Xavier and Mason Ingle, 6, and their 9-yearold sister, Alivia Stahl — were killed when they were struck by a pickup truck as they were boarding a school bus near Fort Wayne, Ind. The driver of the truck has been arrested and charged with three counts of reckless homicide and one misdemeanor count of disregarding a stop sign and causing injury.

How careless or thoughtless do you have to be to ignore or not see the flashing red lights of a big yellow vehicle directly ahead of you? Even if the lights aren’t flashing, please give buses as much room as they need and a little more.

As Sgt. Tony Slocum of the Indiana State Police said, “We all need to pay a little more attention because it’s all our responsibility to make sure our children get to and from school safely.”

Jim Ross is a Huntington resident and editor for The Herald-Dispatch.

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