The system works. We voted early for the Nov. 6 general election, and we had to stand in line to do it. No problem. Conversations were friendly and poll workers cordial. This is good. It reduces the congestion and resultant stress at the polls on Election Day. It also provides a quick and handy answer to those too frequent phone calls in behalf of some candidate or some issue.
Something was missing. Remember the line about the two most important words? Thank you. We completed a transaction the other day that amounted to more than $500. All went well until the end. The seller did not use those two little words. We waited. We looked at him. He told us, “You are good to go.” It is not nearly the same.
A little progress. Our position is unchanged that speed limits should be lowered in the Interstate 40 construction zone in and near Conway. OK, 60 mph signs are up for part of the westbound section. This is a help, but more needs to be done. Vehicles going 70-plus through the construction area makes it a dangerous situation.
Carelessness. A source of irritation, not a cause of raised blood pressure, is the motorist who straddles white lines in paring lots. Call it driving incompetence if you want. Our thinking is most of these incidents are just someone either not caring or not taking the time to park correctly.
Tis the season. The old and reliable harbingers of autumn, in addition to colorful leaves, are (1) pumpkins and (2) chrysanthemums. We have them in abundance in our area at presence — big pumpkins, little pumpkins, orange pumpkins, a few white pumpkins. And if you need to make points with someone, buy a pot of chrysanthemums for a gift.
Old and dear friends. The rivalry of Greenbrier and Vilonia will reach a crescendo with the Judge’s Cup football game. There have been crucial contests before in football and basketball, and this time much hinges on the outcome for both schools. Can you remember when football was secondary to basketball at Greenbrier and also at Vilonia?
“Yes, I’m a little apprehensive about it (retirement). In fact, with all the technology that there is today, I don’t feel adequate. I’ve tried to stay up with it, but I feel intimidated by the computer. You know, I’m 70 years old. Oh, yes, I must not forget about playing cards three nights a week. That’s my hobby. I will be at loose ends until I figure what I want to do.”
— Jackie Clark,
retiring Log Cabin Democrat office manager
(UP) Bright prospects. Deer hunters around us eagerly await the beginning of the “big one,” meaning modern gun season which opens Saturday, Nov. 10 Indications from earlier deer hunting are that a record year may be in the works in terms of numbers of deer taken by hunters. Be careful out there, folks. Everyone watch their driving, too, especially just after sundown.