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November 06, 2012
Quick -- does anybody know what time it is?
November is just one week old and that, combined with the switch back to Pacific Standard Time, gives us all a reason to pause for a moment before writing the wrong month on checks and to be thankful that we may have a little bit more daylight in the morning.
Many of us find the day after an election as one to just take a deep breath and be thankful that all the shouting is over and done with.
If our candidates were on the winning side, it's cause for celebration and cheering. If our candidates were not elected, it's time to lick our wounds and get on with the business of our regular activities.
I became a political junkie when I met Adlai Stevenson many years ago. I was just a kid and he was campaigning in Astoria, and my choice of candidates for elective office has been all over the map ever since. It's made for some interesting conversations over the years and I have tried to be as neutral as possible whenever the subject of politics arises.
During this last election cycle, it seems there was so much mean-spirited conversation on both sides. Let's hope that we can all find ways to put that energy to use and not be hurtful to others in the process.
This new month brings us a few steps closer to winter and every day there are more and more leaves on the grass, in the driveway and along the sidewalks to make our daily walks a little more interesting and sometimes downright eventful.
We all need to remember that those leaves are slippery and to use caution as we walk down our neighborhood streets or even go outside to pick up the mail or the newspaper on these rainy and windy days.
Halloween in MI Town was really something special with the wonderful activities for our local youths at both the Independence and Monmouth public libraries. Thanks to all the volunteers from the libraries and to MICAA members who worked together to make the holiday very special indeed.
Western Oregon University's Wolves meet Humboldt State for their last home football game of the season Saturday at 1 p.m. at McArthur Field on campus, closing out another season for Coach Arne Ferguson and his team.
We have enjoyed attending the games on these wonderful Saturday afternoons all season long. WOU athletic programs provide excellent entertainment for people of all ages, and I can't think of a better way to say "thank you" to our university than to attend the many sports events right here on campus.