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Murch: Summer just left and I already miss it

September 21, 2012
Steve Murch - Managing Editor , The Alpena News

Fall just started, and while I love this time of the year, I already miss summer.

I'm one of those people who has certain routines. I don't mind getting thrown out of my comfort zone, but I have some things that never change. In the fall of the year I never turn my heat on until Oct. 1. Most years it's not a problem because my house stays warm as long as the sun is high, but there have been years where the last couple of days were rather chilly. I'm not quite so firm with turning it off. So I for one am hoping the temperatures stay mild a little while longer.

So who would you rather have making decisions: Someone who is shady and gets lots of things accomplished, or someone who is completely trustworthy but doesn't get as much accomplished?

Can someone please telling the real appeal all this moronic "reality" programs. Case in point, Honey Boo Boo. I just saw a story on how the family is trying to get paid more per episode for season two. Season Two? I once saw a clip on The Soup that basically points out how backwards this family is and I can't believe this thing is popular.

Throw in Swamp People (I saw one episode and couldn't believe they had to run subtitles just so we knew what these people were saying), and any other programs like this, and all I can think is that they make viewers feel superior. Are those people that entertaining, or do you watch it so you can see people behaving badly, stupidly, etc., and then you feel better about yourself?

Seriously, what is the appeal?

I don't know about you, but I'd take a small percentage of the money being paid for political ads and comfortably retire. Ads by candidates and PACS, ads about candidates and proposals - you can't avoid them. I watch some shows online at and even those have political ads. Nov. 6 can't come fast enough.

One thing I'm going to miss when the weather turns cold is the research vessels in the river and the bay (beyond the bay I can't see anyway). They are a sign of activity on the lakes and, well, I just love seeing those boats. I'm not obsessed with them, I just like them and wouldn't mind spending a week on one.

Did anyone think that when Kwame Kilpatrick was disgraced out of office in 2008 that we'd still be hearing his name? This is the lead from the Associated Press: "Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick repeatedly stuffed his bank account and paid off credit cards with hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash, the illegal fruit of a crooked politician who took bribes and left taxpayers "holding the short end of the stick," a prosecutor told jurors Friday at the start of a corruption trial."

Is it any wonder that people don't trust politicians anymore? Or did they ever completely trust them? I remember hearing comments when it first happened that when everything finally came out about Kilpatrick that people would long for the days of Coleman Young. Anyone who can remember Young's time in office will tell you that if those were the good old days then "Kwame be a bad, bad man."

I don't know how many elected officials have staffers handling their social media, but you have to guess that some staffers are getting away with comments their bosses might not want out there, or at least toned down a little. I know of a couple who don't really know everything that is being put out there by their staff, and I would hope they at least either check in with their social media person or spend some time reading it later. We think the cameras at events capturing comments by candidates can cause an uproar, wait until a staffer tweets or posts something way over the top. Run ... for ... cover. It's going to happen and the fallout could be huge.



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