Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

Opinion

October 3, 2012

Lesser of two evils no way to punch a ballot

Corsicana — As a newspaper “guy,” one of the areas that will always go down as “unsatisfying” for me has to be politics, specifically national. Not so much that caring is an issue, but fully grasping and immersing myself into races and critical issues has been hard to do.

The local and state races cause me little consternation. National races often have the opposite effect.

Give me an argument on the relevance of Yu Darvish to the Rangers this year, and I am in, and can back it up with numbers. Ask me to explain why I like one candidate for president over the other, and you are more than likely to get, “I just do.”

Honestly, I really don’t — as a survey would ask of me — “strongly favor” either candidate. For me, voting for president the last few elections has come down to voting for the lesser of two evils. It’s a helluva way to feel as an American.

“We don’t have anyone better than these guys?,” one might ask himself.

The really, really dark side of me thinks we’re doomed in 2013 no matter who is in office. I don’t like the dark side. I don’t like doomed.

Nevertheless, on Nov. 6, I’ll do what I do with every election — cast a ballot.

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A week from Saturday, Taste of Home returns to Corsicana. The Daily Sun is teaming up with our local American Business Women’s Association (ABWA) and Navarro Regional Hospital’s Healthy Woman to host both an expo for vendors and the cooking show at Corsicana High School.

Kind of like politics, you might suspect the vendor booths and culinary arts set for display would not exactly grip me. Both are obviously catered toward women. Nevertheless, this event has mass appeal.

The last time Taste of Home came in 2009, some 700 people — women and men — dismissed a light drizzle and made the weeknight event fun for all. Jamie Dunn, the “culinary expert,” is coming back, and so are the goody bags. Those bags kept me on my toes.

This time around, our sales manager Karen Davis and her team of Dana Collins (ABWA), Anna Paul (Healthy Woman) and Vicki Arnett (Healthy Woman) have worked tirelessly to make this year’s show a success. And unlike last time, when I spent a large portion of my involvement lugging tables and hardware, I anticipate having time to visit the booths, sample the samples, and enjoying the show. I do cook, you know.

For more information on Taste of Home, visit http://www.tasteofhome.com/Cooking-Schools/Find-a-Class/Show-Detail/TX/Corsicana/6166, or call Karen at (903) 872-3931.

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Back to Yu Darvish and the Rangers ... Darvish has been solid, if not great. No worries there.

Should the Rangers have wrapped up the AL West last week? Probably. But remember, no team has played as many games as this one the last three years. Fatigue is a valid reason for the late swoon.

But regardless of what happens this weekend, this team has a bright future. There are solid young pieces in place. Adrian Beltre, who had an MVP-discussion-worthy season will be healthy. Colby Lewis will eventually be back. And so will so many other worthwhile pieces.

Josh Hamilton might be another story. In my less-than-worthwhile opinion, here’s hoping the Rangers take the Rangers approach to Josh, and not the Cowboys approach. He’s been fabulous the last few seasons, but it’s probably time to let him go. The dynamics of this club doesn’t work with an A-Rod or Pujols-type contract hanging around its neck.

Go get Justin Upton from Arizona, and let’s keep talking about the Rangers in October for many more years to come.

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Raymond Linex II is publisher of the Corsicana Daily Sun. His column appears on Thursdays. Want to “Soundoff” on his column? Email: soundoff@corsicanadailysun.com

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