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THIS AND THAT * Hey, Charlie Brown, I hope I look as good as you do when I turn 70! Charlie and the Peanuts gang will officially observe their 70th anniversary this weekend! The launch date for the daily comic strip by Charles Schulz began on October 2nd, 1950 with the Sunday edition out in the newspapers on January 6th, 1952. We could learn a thing or two from that comic strip.
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* I have to admit I did enjoy wearing my hoodies and sweatshirts last week. We all know I love fall, but the really cold and wet part of the season can hold off for another week or two or three! I want an autumn where the leaves on the trees turn orange and yellow before slowly drifting to the ground and the nights are just cool enough that you need to wear a hoodie or sweater when you are at Tiger Stadium cheering on the football team. I want it so we have evenings sitting on the front porch with a cup of hot cocoa or tea warming your hands as you enjoy a brilliant sunset. Then it can be cool brisk weather until after Thanksgiving to get us in the mood for Christmas. Just so you know, I always put my fall weather order in every year, so let’s see what we get this season.
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* For those who read my column and know any of my favorite ‘80s singer Rick Astley’s songs, you will get a kick out of this. I know I did….“Rick Astley for President because he will never give you up, never let you down, never gonna run around or desert you. He will never make you cry, never say goodbye, never tell a lie or hurt you!” And for those who don’t know him or his songs, those are the lyrics to one of his songs I like the most!
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RED SKELTON’S PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE Every Tuesday before the Rooks County Commission meeting, everyone present stands up and recites the “Pledge of Allegiance.” A simple thing really, but it reaffirms my belief that there is hope for our country. I printed Red Skelton’s Pledge of Allegiance in my editorial years ago, and thought it was time to do it again… “I—me, an individual, a committee of one, pledge—to dedicate all of my worldly goods to give without self-pity, allegiance—my love, and my devotion, to the flag—our standard, Old Glory, a symbol of freedom wherever she waves, there’s respect, because your loyalty has given her dignity that shouts—Freedom is everybody’s job, of the United—that means that we have all come together, States of America—individual communities that have united into 50 great states—50 individual communities with pride and dignity and purpose—all divided with imaginary boundaries, yet united to a common purpose—and that’s love for country, and to the republic—a state with sovereign powers invested in representatives chosen by the people to govern—and government is the people, and it’s from the people to the leaders, not from the leaders to the people, for which it stands, one nation under God—meaning so blessed by God, indivisible—incapable of being divided, with liberty—which is freedom, the right of power to live one’s own life without threat, fear or some sort of retaliation, and justice—the principle or quality of dealing fairly with others, for all—which means, boys and girls, it’s just as much your country as it is mine.
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THIS AND THAT * With the Rooks County Free Fair going to just a 4-H Fair this year due to COVID-19, I wanted to give a nod to the many notable musicians, entertainers, athletes and political figures who were part of this special organization. Here are just some people who are on the 4-H list: former president Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn Carter, First Ladies Jacqueline Kennedy Onasis and Pat Nixon, astronaut Alan Shepherd, athletes Johnny Bench, Reggie White, Herschel Walker and Archie Manning, actors Julia Roberts, Sissy Spacek and Tom Wopat, musicians Luke Bryan, Johnny Cash, Trisha Yearwood, Faith Hill, Reba McEntire, Vince Gil, Glen Campbell, Charley Pride, Dolly Parton, Roy Rogers and Jermaine Jackson, and Robert A.
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THIS AND THAT * One afternoon while I was playing superhero with my sweet Trent, he started getting out his Marvel action figures, which include Captain America, Black Panther, Ironman and Spiderman. We started playing and had an entire scenerio worked out about how we were going to fight off the villain Thanos, when Trent said he remembered that he had another hero who could help fight.