I am a political science major at Cleveland State and volunteer on the Jim Scott campaign. When I tell people this I am usually asked two questions: (1) "Why are you helping Jim Scott?" and (2) "Why is Jim Scott a better choice than Deborah Sutherland?"
My wife’s a Bay High graduate. She was born and raised here and we live in the house she lived in when she was in high school.
She brought me here for the first time in 1975, just after our wedding (sounds like she brought home a puppy, doesn’t it?). After 20 years of moving all over the world with the Air Force, we were both delighted to move back to Bay in 2001. We felt like we were coming home.
Honor to a duo.
There was air pollution. And it was vile. About two months ago and three years ago. As for the latter, it was almost every weekend in much of the summer, usually after dark. In the area of Knickerbocker and Dover Center roads and going far to the east. At least.
I, Joe Scribe, spoke to a lady who maybe knew of it. She said "Use the air conditioning."
OK, so I got a ticket. Red light violation. I thought I was through the intersection in time, and I told the officer so, but he disagreed. So I got a ticket. See, when there’s a difference of opinion between the law and the driver, the law wins every time. My wife thought it was hilarious. I thought it was only mildly irritating right up to the point where she made me pay the fine out of my lunch money. That really hurt.
I wish people always did their best to obey the law, and if they violate the law, they pay for it. But that’s not what always happens. A case in point was brought out by Jim Scott at the League of Women Voters Candidate Night at Bay High on the 22nd. Too bad if you missed it, because you would have seen Debbie at her best – eyes rolling, sneering, guns blazing. Her aim was terrible, but she sure used up lots of ammunition – you could hardly see the stage for the smoke!
Just as we think we have the future planned, something comes along to change everything. Saturday was a small example. I’d planned to mow the lawn, wash the car and get a couple of “honey-do’s” completed. My wife says… well never mind.
Anyway, before I could face the lawn, I went to a friend’s house for a minute. It was a beautiful day, perfect for playing with old cars. You can’t waste these opportunities this time of year. As we stood in his driveway talking, he handed me a campaign flyer from Debbie Sutherland. “Do you think anybody believes this garbage?” he asked, obviously not expecting an answer. He let me keep the flyer. This column was going to be focused on making you familiar with Jim Scott, but not anymore. Sorry – I can’t help myself. I’d like to keep these columns light, but if I don’t get this said, my brain may explode.
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