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By Mike Austreng, Editor

We’re sure you’ve already noticed there are political ads showing up on television and radio and some even in newspapers. This seems early, but there are several races with primary elections tied to them and the candidates are chomping at the bit to get their names to the top of your voting list (for those of you who participate in the primary elections that is).

We openly admit that we have never voted in a primary election. Maybe one reason is that on the partisan side of the ballot you are restricted to voting for one party and if you vote for more than one party your ballot is tossed.

It’s no secret that this writer leans (sometimes pretty heavily) to the conservative side of the ballot, but that’s not saying we have never voted for a democratic candidate, because we have – it all depends on who the candidate is and what they stand for. Sometimes we may vote for a candidate simply because we don’t agree with what the oponent stands for.

There are some interesting races – in particular the race for Stearns County Sheriff – with excellent candidates looking to take the leadership role on.

This year, in the general election in November, we’ll elect people to City Councils, School Boards, Township Boards, the Senate, the House, etc. While this is a “mid-term” election it seems to be gaining interest. It’s an important election because it could determine who controls the house and senate. It’s more important locally when we vote for people for school board and city council because they have direct impact on our local taxes and how things are operated that have a direct impact on the quality of our lives.

Mid-term elections are important – we might as well sit back and tolorate all the political ads we’re about to be exposed to up until the election in November.

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By today’s standards we are not “old”, but we’re sneaking up on it and this came to us in our email – as we read it we thought about how true the things mentioned are:

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I’m passing this on because I did not want to be the only old person receiving it.

Actually, it’s not a bad thing to be called, as you will see.

1. Old People are easy to spot at sporting events; during the playing of the National Anthem. Old People remove their caps and stand attention and sing without embarrassment. They know the words and believe in them.

2. Old People remember World War II, Pearl Harbor, Guadalcanal, Normandy and Hitler.

3. They remember the Atomic Age, the Korean War, The Cold War, the Jet Age and the Moon Landing. They remember the 50 plus Peace-keeping Missions from 1945 to 2005, not to mention Vietnam.

4. If you bump into an Old Person on the sidewalk he will apologize. If you pass an Old Person on the street, he will nod or tip his cap to a lady. Old People trust strangers and are courtly to women.

5. Old People hold the door for the next person and always, when walking, make certain the lady is on the inside for protection.

6. Old People get embarrassed if someone curses in front of women and children and they don’t like any filth or dirty language on TV or in movies.

7. Old People have moral courage and personal integrity. They seldom brag unless it’s about their children or grandchildren.

8. It’s Old People who remove their hats while eating in a restaurant in respect for the ladies and guests.

9. It’s the Old People who know our great country is protected, not by politicians, but by the young men and women in the military serving their country.

10. This country needs Old People with their work ethic, sense of responsibility, pride in their country and decent values. We need them now more than ever.

Thank God for Old People. Pass this on to all the “Old People” you know. I was taught to respect my elders. It's just getting harder to find them.

Have A Good Week!

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