Hello again. I am so happy to be here. I am at the newspaper office instead of the comfort of my home. My newly repaired computer was repaired earlier in the week and when I was ready to type this article my computer was not working, so here I am back at the office. (The first thing I did was take my shoes off before I started typing.!)
I watched both the Republican President and one Democratic Presidential debates on television. The strangest debates I have seen since they started on TV back nearly 50 years ago. With Nixon it was bad makeup. With Carter it was Iranian hostages. With Dukaukus it was Willie Horton. With the Republicans, this year, it is not an issue but Trump! With the Democrats it is Bengasi, Lybia and using your computer at home. It is also a bit interesting that Donald Trump was formally a Democrat and Hilary Clinton was a Republican. What a campaign!
I also find it interesting that Trump first made a big impact with many voters when he came out with his very strong words on illegal imigrants from Mexico and “black crime in America” and at the same time the number two candidate in popularity is Carson a black man and the third and fourth Republican candidates in popularity are both hispanic. You figure it out.
All the political pundits agree that Hilary led the field in the first Democratic debate. She was bright, alert on the issues and came across with a good since of humor. Bernie Sanders the number two in the Democratic rankings was typical Bernie. A hard core socialist, not a bad one like the communist but more like one from Sweden or Denmark. He did have great statistics on economic wealth in this country that is shocking but probably true.
In one year, the average taxpayer making $50,000 a year pays: $36 towards food stamps, $6 for other safety net programs, $870 for corporate subsidies, $1,600 to offset corporate tax loopholes and $1,231 to offset losses from corporate overseas tax havens. (Source The Tax Foundation, Citizens for Tax Justice.) Something seems very unfair here.
Other national statistics that were shocking is the shrinking of the middle class in America. The ones who pay most of the taxes in this country. Just 1% of the population in America has 60% of the wealth. Less than 9% of the population control 80% of the wealth in this country. I guess it is sort of like the Walton Family that control Walmart Department Stores. Three of the family are in the top 10 richest people in America and their million plus employees are at poverty level wages.
People In The News – Walter Ray Clinard is an exceptional man. He and his lovely wife live in Adairville in this county. Walter Ray just celebrated his 80th birthday. He is a man that has run many different successful businesses. Grocery store owner, salesman, used car sales, furniture store owner, rental property owner and travel business. I am sure there are many other things he has done. I just am not aware of them. He has played a role in the well being of south Logan County for many years. He has a great mind that thinks to the future and what can be done. I salute this man and his wife for all the good things they have done.
A Little Humor – Alcohol & Fats – It’s a relief to know the truth after all these conflicting medical studies.
The Japanese eat very little fat and suffer fewer heart attacks than the British or Americans.
The French eat a lot of fat and also suffer fewer heart attacks than the British or Americans.
The Japanese drink very little red wine and suffer fewer heart attacks than the British or Americans.
The Italians drink excessive amounts of red wine and also suffer fewer heart attacks than the British or Americans.
The Germans drink a lot of beer and eat lots of sausages and fats and suffer fewer heart attacks than the British or Americans.
Conclusion: Eat and drink what you like. Speaking English is apparently what kills you!
Time to go. Good by to Alberta Sanders, Mrs. Logan Chick, Charles Davis, the John Lee Barnes and to Mrs. Calabash where ever you are!
To contact Dick Dickerson about the Logan County News, call 615-389-5495 or email [email protected]