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SENTINEL TRIBUNE Wednesday, July 27, 2016 Page 4 ? By Glenn Mollette four or eight years that will have a I had just parked my car in a city major impact on the future of parking lot when I heard the cries of America. a loud voice. Okay, back to the penny beggar. I "Sir, please give me a penny! Please seldom have a penny but I did have just a penny," he pied. I continued to a quarter. I gave the man a quarter. walk because I do not like being Immediately he wanted more verbally accosted by a stranger. I change. He said he wanted to buy was in an unfamiliar part of town his daughter a bottle of water. "Wait and felt spooked by his sudden a minute sir, you said you wanted a appearance to plead with me for a penny." "Yes, but I need more penny, change for a bottle of water," he I have been asked for a dollar pied. The man looked about 28 hundreds of time from street beg- years old. I was beginning to think I gars but never a penny. I'm thinking would just hand him five or maybe even ten dollars. I then asked him, to myself, "Wow, how low can a guy go?" On many occasions I have "Why aren't you working a job? " Without missing a beat he replied, handed people a couple of dollars or a five. Never have I been asked for "I can't work a job because I would a penny. Once my family and I lose my check." "What? You would lose your check?? "Yes, if I work stopped at a light and this man was begging for money and we gave they will take my check away from him ten dollars. As soon as he had it me." I then asked him how much do in his hand he smiled saying he had you receive each month in your enough now for a bottle of whiskey, check and he said, "Seven hundred We shook our heads and felt like and some dollars." "Sir," I replied, fools for helping the guy. "You, could make more money if My wife and I were once walking you would just work as hard as you down Broad Street in Nashville to are begging me and others for money." He actually nodded his our favorite candy and popcorn store. We saw a woman eating a head and agreed with me. sandwich and a man pied for her to I did not give him any more give it to him. She had appeared to money. Maybe I should have but haven eaten a bite or two from it. He His attitude of "I will not work took it right from her hands and because I prefer to subsist on gov- ravished that sandwich. The guy ernment assistance has become too was obviously starving, prevalent in America. You really never know who is We cannot live on pennies and truly suffering and who is a daily welfare in America. This is not a panhandler. A lot of America is on real life. It's time for a change in this welfare and we have people sleep- country. It's time for real jobs to ing on the streets or under bridges come back to America. It's time for or on park benches. I hope the elec- us to defend our borders, build up tion this fall will bring change. We our military and repair our infra- didn't get in this shape in one elec- structure. We have to get off this tion. I don't see how one election status qua lifestyle of mediocrity and being comfortable in poverty. will get us out of this shape we are in today. However, we must make a This is not the America our parents major stride in a different direction built. We can't go from a dollar or we are going to lose this country, mentality to a penny mentality We cannot afford more welfare, because after this there is no lower more illegal immigrants, more jobs to go. Glenn Mollette is an American exported out of America and a Syndicated Columnist and Author. weaker military. I personally think This column does not necessarily this election is America's defining reflect the view of any organization, moment in history. Supreme court institution or this paper or media justices will be appointed the next source. Instructions for submitting digital photos Tips for sending digital photos. 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In so doing contributes to the overall quality of life and economic health of its readers, advertisers and community in gen- eral while stimulating the professional development of its employees. i "Stories from the Batt Cave" Better days are other than having "Waseca" in the name of the provider. They coming, they are are yummy. At the Freeborn County Fair, fair days i need a malt and a corn dog or a pronto pup. There are so many I went to the Waseca County food vendors at the Steele County Fair. Fair, it takes me longer to decide I go every year because I enjoywhat to eat than it does to eat. It county fairs, nearly becomes shopping, which I walk the fairgrounds until is something I stumble at. At the I'm too far into my shoes. The Faribault County Fair, I try to eat fair takes my mind offmy prob- something new each year. I could lems. It helps me forget that I'd go on. been troubled lately by concerns We eat so much while on a fair of insufficient closet space, food bender that we can barely Things like that eat away at a utter a "Ta-da" when finished. man. One of the best things about On the farm, I often heard, "Nothe food, other than ingesting it, two years are the same." That is to hear what people say about was in reference to crops, but it it. "You're going to eat nothing applies to fairs as well. As a boy, but cotton candy? Is that the kind agriculture was the centerpiece of of life you want?" And "Fresh a county fair. There was alwaysfruit? This fair is unfair." a guy there like the one who There was a fly in the ointment taught horses how to hold theirthis year at the Waseca County breaths so cowboys wouldn't Fair. A fly in the ointment might become bowlegged. The fair be better than stable flies, those remains homage to the farm and irritating ankle biters. I digress. the farming lifestyle, ,but I don't There was no popcorn. Why not? . think most. people g0there to See ~B~ause there'was fao popcorn animals with ag careers. It seerns 'machine. Why was'there no' to this observer that food is the popcorn machine? Because the thing that brings the most people, grandstand at Tink Larson Field We feed at the trough. The only had burned. Tink Larson is a thing we want is more. The friend and was a long-time team- engine of commerce at the fair mate of this ink-stained scribe. runs on grease. Arson was suspected at the base- I have my food choices ball park. planned out before I set foot What has this got to do with on the fairgrounds. It's the the popcorn machine? It was in same every year. A blueberry the grandstand. malt from the Waseca County Naturalist John Muir said, American Dairy Association "When we try to pick out any- stand, onion rings from the thing by itself, we find it hitched Waseca Fire Department and to everything else in the uni- popcorn from the Waseea County verse." Historical Society. These three As a boy, I was mesmerized by foods have something in common the games of chance that prolifer- ated at fairs. I didn't play them. It was more fun to watch the play- ers. I play games of chance today just by driving to a fair and trying to find a parking place. A friend lives near a fairgrounds. He pays $5 to park in his own driveway. I remember the year that the winner of the demolition derby was disqualified because he'd made his Imperial indestructible by coating it in fruitcake batter. Another year, I stood in a line at a county fair while singing, "I am a lineman for the county." Glen Campbell would have been proud. In those days there were no petting zoos. We had biting zoos. We learned that no one really wins a pie-eating contest. Fairs change. The house of mirrors has become the house of selftes. We wait in long lines to see the amazing man with no tattoos. We visit a deep-fried ant- acid stand. The more things change, the more they stay the same. Parents still use the middle names of ram- bunctious children. There are still foods to die of. Deep-fried butter and chocolate-crvered baeb~!~A jam session is held duringtlie' preserved food judging. Band~.' remain convinced that their fans are deaf. Hypnotists embarrass subjects who find wearing an "I have to poop" T-shirt isn't embarrassing enough. Pigs race without wearing safety helmets. Fairs are fun. They provide a public service, a rare type of fun called being offline. I've got to go. 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