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As I See It: From the sublime to the ridiculous

It certainly has been an interesting two weeks. Every time I start to think the two major party candidates may have settled down into some semblance of normalcy, they prove me wrong.

It certainly has been an interesting two weeks. Every time I start to think the two major party candidates may have settled down into some semblance of normalcy, they prove me wrong.

At times I think that Donald Trump is playing from Ross Perot's playbook and really doesn't want to win the presidency. He just wants to stick two fingers into the eyes of the Republican Party.

And I don't think the questions engendered by Hillary Clinton's private email server and the real nature of the Clinton Family Foundation will all ever be fully, much less honestly, answered. What is certain is that there were emails on her private server that contained sensitive and classified government information that should not have been there. Also certain is that access to her as secretary of state could be achieved through donations to the foundation.

Illegal? I don't know. Unethical? Absolutely. The only defense of the foundation I have heard is that many hungry children are allegedly being fed.

"No attack ever fed a hungry child" - Bill Clinton, 1996. "I simply can't recall" - Hillary Clinton, too many times to list in this newspaper.

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And closer to home, in Minnesota's Eighth Congressional District, Rep. Rick Nolan and challenger Stewart Mills III are duking it out with quite a bit of help from national sources. As each party seeks to regain or retain control of the House of Representatives, certain races are targeted for additional help because each party believes they have a real chance to defeat an incumbent or they see the seat as one that must be saved.

This isn't necessarily at all costs, but there will be a continuous influx of outside money in hopes of winning this contest. Money means ads, and ads mean lots of questionable claims and rhetoric. Aren't we lucky to get to witness all of this?

Driving around Brainerd last week, I noticed "sharrows" painted along some roads. It's a good thing the Brainerd Dispatch had an article about them this past week so I would know the arrow means I'm supposed to share the road with bicycles.

But, I already knew that. I didn't think that a bicyclist was fair game if he was riding on the same road where I was traveling.

I know bicycles don't belong on the sidewalk, although that's where we rode them when I was a child. But simply painting some stuff on the asphalt and expecting autos and trucks moving at 30 mph or more not to be in occasional conflict with bikes traveling not much faster than 10 mph is presumptuous, if not stupid. A note to bicyclists: Riding two or three abreast will not make you safer ... you're only a bigger target because you're harder to avoid.

Mother Teresa was canonized a saint in the Catholic church last Sunday. It's obvious from all the analysis and news stories that many people do not understand what that really means.

Sainthood doesn't imply that anyone was perfect; only God is perfect.

I once read that a saint was a person who understood how sinful he or she was. Mother Teresa was not without faults, but one person criticized her for reveling in the suffering of others. That's really strange, especially when the criticism comes from people who wouldn't think about ministering to anyone in a gutter.

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I sometimes wonder what we expect of our heroes, or do we expect our heroes to be against something instead of doing good for humanity?

Case in point: Now that I've mentioned something akin to sublime, I'll move on to the ridiculous. Colin Kaepernick decided to sit while the national anthem was played prior to a recent NFL game. His rationale was that he would not stand for the anthem of a racist nation.

In subsequent interviews, his explanations sounded like a combination of the rhetoric of Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, Black Lives Matter and many liberal major media talking points - all of which are not based on real facts and happenings as much as they are fabrications or fringe interpretations of events.

I just hope Colin doesn't get into the grasp of an overly enthusiastic patriotic lineman.

Well, that's the way I see it.

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