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9/22 Mi Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

My unabashed enthusiasm for college football has only grown since we've become Western Oregon University season ticket holders. And this year's lineup of home games looks like a winner.

Coach Arne Ferguson and his staff are working with a talented group of young athletes who promise a great season for fans of all ages.

What a wonderful way to support our own WOU Wolves and enjoy a good football game right here in MI Town. Saturday's home opener with Simon Fraser was the third game of another great season. If you missed last Saturday's game, be sure to mark your calendar for Saturday, Sept. 25, when the Wolves meet Humboldt State at 1 p.m. at McArthur Stadium on the WOU campus.

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We're all watching our money and doing whatever we can to cut down on unnecessary spending during these tough times. Even necessities are hard to come by for many folks, so we're eager to find any opportunity to save money.

Sadly, there are scammers out there who prey upon unsuspecting and honest people, promising to cut interest rates on credit cards if you give them your card and bank account numbers.

After receiving two of these calls recently, I checked with the Consumer Protection Office in Salem and they confirmed my suspicions that if people give out any bank or credit information, their accounts will be quickly emptied by criminals.

If you receive such a call, hang up immediately and call 1-877-877-9392 (toll free).

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We always know when it is election season as our favorite television programs are interrupted with a barrage about which candidate is the lesser of two evils, and signs are beginning to sprout on lawns like dandelions in the springtime.

People are already commenting about how they will be ever so relieved when the November election is over and what a pain in the neck -- not to mention other places -- all of this political stuff can be.

Instead of complaining, now is your chance to get involved with the elections process by learning more about the candidates. Talk to your neighbors and friends about your views, and share ideas with others. Be gracious when other folks discuss their points of view and their feelings, and listen to what they have to say. You might learn something you didn't know before.

Encourage everyone to take part in this very important civic duty. If you believe in your candidate, volunteer to go door to door with pamphlets and information handouts. Show your kids that government really works for everyone by having information available and by talking about the issues.

Be sure you're registered to vote and be an informed citizen.

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