Saturday, May 25, 2013
Covering Dallas, Monmouth, Independence, Falls City and surrounding areas since 1868
October 30, 2012
We've received our ballots and just about everyone I've talked to has already taken them to either of our libraries or mailed them at the post office.
Election Day is looming on the horizon, and if you've been too busy to vote it's a good idea to study the issues and make informed choices that you believe in -- not what somebody has told you about on the Internet or on radio talk shows.
Find that ballot underneath the pile of junk mail on the kitchen counter and vote for your candidate and on local and statewide issues before the weekend.
Regardless of your feelings about what you've seen and heard about national issues and candidates, voting especially gives you an opportunity to participate in the election process on a local level, which is where your voice is really heard.
Wednesday is Halloween and all of our streets will be filled with little ghosts, goblins, fairy princesses and super heroes as they trek from house to house and their parents wait patiently by the walk or out on the nearby sidewalk.
Many of MI Town's youngest residents are so caught up in the excitement of trick-or-treating that they may dart in and out of driveways and between cars without realizing there may be traffic approaching. It's up to all of us to be extra watchful as we go about our travels. Sometimes bad weather can also be a factor, too.
Monmouth and Independence libraries have special Halloween programs planned Wednesday after school as well. What a great opportunity for our children and grandchildren to visit the libraries and learn just how much fun they can be.
MICAA (Monmouth-Independence Community Arts Association) will host their second Halloween Spectacular and provide canvas treat bags to all children wearing costumes. Be sure to pick up the treat bags at either library.
Many MI Town merchants will be open from 4 to 7 p.m. on Halloween to share goodies and to welcome everyone. Food and refreshments will also be available for purchase by Partnerships in Community Living.
No tricks, but lots of treats are in store Saturday for everyone at the community breakfast at the Monmouth Senior Center. The price is right -- $6 for adults, $3 for children -- and you'll enjoy scrambled eggs, sausages, pancakes, biscuits and gravy, coffee, tea and orange juice. What a great way for the cook at your house to get the morning off.
My favorite quote at this time of year from the Church of England Prayer Book (1929): "From goblins and ghoulies and long-legged beasties, and things that go bump in the night: Good Lord, deliver us."
Happy Halloween, everybody.