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TALKING POINTS: Glad that's over

Finally! We all get a break from nauseating TV political campaign commercials, often the same ones over and over again.

Government from the courthouse to the White House can get back to “normal,” whatever that is.

Those elected and re-elected Tuesday are advised to steer clear of corruption and pay attention to all of your constituents, not just those who supported you financially or otherwise.

For those who lost their bid for office: Sorry about that, but stuff happens. Thank you for seeking to serve. There’s always a next time.

Veterans Day 2018

November elections are followed by Veterans Day, which seems appropriate. Our vets certainly contributed to rights of every citizen, including the right to vote.

Starved Rock Country veterans organizations will be honoring veterans this weekend with observances.

As noted every Veterans Day, it’s a special day to honor all veterans. A simple “thank you for your service” will do. Memorial Day in May is the day to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice. While the two are special days, you can thank a vet and pause to remember those who died in the service of our country every day.

Remembering Mr. McGrogan

The late Ottawa grocer Larry McGrogan, who passed away Oct. 27, will always be remembered by those of us who were his customers over the years and our entire families.

Two of our sons were employed at Handy Foods while in high school, among the many young people who had jobs at the store from bagging groceries and stocking shelves to working in the deli or other departments.

Hiring teenagers, providing them a first job opportunity was just one of Larry’s many contributions to the community.

World Series 2018

In case you forgot, Boston’s Red Sox beat the Los Angeles Dodgers in five games this fall.

Many older baseball fans feel there’s something that’s been missing a long time from the “Fall Classic.”

The games were once played in the daytime and even viewed or listened to in school classrooms. Many kids rushed home from school to catch the last out. Fans at work usually found a way to catch an inning or two. Others gathered in and around appliance stores or taverns and restaurants.

Eighteen-inning, late-night games just aren’t same and they don’t help interest the next generation in the sport.

Major League Baseball could do better.

JIM FRENCH, of Ottawa, is retired after 43 years in radio broadcasting, including 33 in Ottawa. You can reach him through The Times by emailing

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