I’m getting fed up with campaign advertising, and it’s only August. If only candidates could give us something new, an idea that might work. Instead we get cut-and-paste shopworn proposals we have heard again and again.
The work isn’t glamorous. There aren’t many romantic touches, or picturesque pastoral scenes. The building is utilitarian, gray, with no cute architectural frills, flashing neon or glass office towers.
Donald Trump is not always wrong. In his Tuesday anti-trade speech in Pennsylvania he offered a reasonable history lesson. Tariffs and protectionism were once political winners, he said, and a real hit with the economic elites.
We are 4,800 miles away from the heart of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and we really have no basis to second guess its voters’ desire to exit the European Union. Our 401(k)s may take a beating, but we don’t have the personal knowledge or experience to make an informed judgment. Our sovereignty is not the issue. Theirs is.
You might have noticed from the headlines we are entering our region’s wildfire-a-day phase, or very close to it. Early in the season it’s clumsy accidents in the dry brush. Later we move up to stupid fireworks tricks, followed by lightning strikes in the brittle forest. We live with hope that we will avoid a third straight year of terrible conflagration, destruction and death. Cross your fingers.