Yawn! Boring debate

I can’t fault John McCain and Barack Obama, though.  The questions put to them were about the same topics they’ve talked about again and again and again.

The only insightful forum so far that these two presidential candidates have participated in was at Saddleback Church.  McCain got a boost from it.

Since the MSM is in the tank for Obama, when they have moderated debates, they have ensured that the questions posed are in familiar territory for Obama.  Dull.  Boring.  Same-old same-old.

It would be nice to mix things up a bit and break some new ground during these debates, wouldn’t it?  But that might showcase Obama’s lack of experience and reveal rifts between Obama and the general public on the issues.

The most glaring omission?  The issue of illegal immigration.  Americans have an opinion on the issue.  I think we’d like some elaboration from both Obama and McCain on the issue.

It would even be nice if they were asked questions about legal immigration.

Apparently, the MSM, though, doesn’t view issues through the same prism as the general public.  There’s only one debate left, and the chances are dwindling that the MSM will pose any questions about illegal immigration to these candidates before Election Day.

There are many other questions that could have been asked that weren’t, even within the realm of economics and foreign policy, that would have broken fresh ground.  For example, on economics, the candidates could have been asked about trade policy, or their views on the prospects of reviving domestic manufacturing, or probing the behavior of the insurance industry.  On foreign policy, the candidates could have been asked about foreign affairs within our own hemisphere, since there have been schisms between the USA and Bolivia, Venezuela, and of course, Cuba.  Wouldn’t it make sense to ask about Cuba?  What should the USA be doing about the most unstable nation in the western hemisphere, Haiti?  Can Canada and Mexico be counted on as partners in weaning all of North America off foreign oil?

I’m not holding my breath, though.  I can sense that the fix is in.  I don’t think the MSM wants to raise such issues for fear that more Obama vulnerabilities will be exposed.

Alt for Seneca County Treasurer

As the Tiffin Advertiser-Tribune points out, Marguerite Bernard has been Seneca County Treasurer since 1979.  In a county position that usually doesn’t get spotlighted, incumbency has its advantages, and Marguerite Bernard has enjoyed those advantages for many, many years.

But all is not well in the Seneca County Treasurer’s office.  I’ve blogged about the problems before, noting the copious and merited attention the Advertiser-Tribune has given to imbalanced county checking accounts.

Her opponent for the Treasurer’s office in the upcoming election is Damon Alt.  Casting a vote for Alt is not just a protest vote.  Casting a vote for Alt is not just a referendum on Bernard.  Alt is a superior candidate for the Treasurer’s office.

Damon Alt is both a C.P.A. and a lawyer.  This is a time when the Seneca County Treasurer needs to be a person who makes sure that all the “i”s are dotted and all the “t”s are crossed.  Alt will restore accountability to the Treasurer’s office, making sure all jots and tittles are in their proper places.

The county checkbook imbalances were not caused by embezzlement or misallocation of funds.  They were caused by inattention to detail.  Bernard did not match bank statements against her own paperwork.  Had the bank errors been caught right away, tracking them down would have been easy.  But since months and months and months passed, tracking down the bank errors has been time-consuming and difficult to nail down.

Perhaps, in addition to voting for Alt, Seneca County should also shop around for a new bank.

Silcox for Huron County Commissioner


More shopping?

Norwalk tourism?

Whose priorities are those?

The Democrat candidate for Huron County Commissioner, Sharon Ward is putting the cart before the horse on some of her proposals, some of which are beyond wishful thinking–they are pipe dreams.

Her opponent, Larry Silcox, has a much more level-headed approach. Read the rest of this entry »