Tidbits - November 17, 2016

TIDBITS by RALPH SHEALY


EYE OPENERS

  I fell asleep when the rain began to fall in the last game of the World Series with the score tied at 6-6.
  I woke up to see a Cubs’ player holding the World Series championship trophy.
  Last Tuesday, I fell asleep before anything had been decided in the Presidential race. I awakened about 3 a.m. to see on my TV screen Donald Trump had been elected.
  I don’t know if your jaw can drop while you’re laying down, but I think my jaw dropped. I was not expecting that!
  Neither did most of the political pundits. I got a hint when it looked like most of the NBC crew was about to cry when they were discussing Florida. Chuck Todd could not figure out a way for Hillary to win.
  As I said before, I did not like either candidate, and I’m not alone. A poll said 60 percent of the people who voted for Trump did not like him, and 50 percent of the people who voted for Hillary did not like her.
  How did we let this happen?
  Once again, Hillary, by far the most experienced candidate, did not win.
  She lost in 2008 to an young,  African American whose “resume was so thin you could see through it,” according to “Time Magazine.” Then, this year she lost a bunch of states to a 74-year-old Jewish Socialist in the Democratic Primary, and finally she lost the presidency to real estate developer, reality TV show host. Those factors speak volumes to her “popularity.”
  We now have a President-elect with no governing experience whatsoever. That makes two Presidents in a row. President Obama’s experience was in the Illinois legislature and two years as a U.S. Senator before he ran for president.
  Both  men were elected on their spoken word, or in Trump’s case, Tweeted words.
  President Obama is a great speaker, and not necessarily a great doer.
  While he is popular, the “silent majority” has not seen the progress statistics show.
  Look at Saluda. What progress has this town seen in the last 20-years? As a person who has gone bankrupt, I can answer.
  Trump spoke to the factory workers, whose jobs went overseas. As I’ve written before, when I bought the Standard-Sentinel, there were over 1500 employed in the textile factories around town. How many do we have today?
  We only had a few empty stores in the entire town.
  Hillary continued Bernie Sanders’ “chicken in every pot” philosophy on the campaign. The “silent majority” understands somebody has to pay for the chicken.
  The people who elected Trump echoed the famous words of Peter Finch in the movie “Network,” -  “I’m mad as ‘heck’ and I’m not going to take this anymore.”
  We’ll see how it works out.
  To all those protesting Trump’s election, I say this, “GROW UP!”
  Your candidate lost. How many of the protestors actually voted, I wonder?
  You are acting like the spoiled brat, everyone accused Trump of being.
  He probably was a spoiled brat, rich kid, bully like everyone hated in our youth ... and we all grew up and elected him president.
  Wow, just wow.
  We should all pray for our President-elect. I know he has what he feels is the best interest of this country at heart, as has every president before him.
  We’ll see if he is a man of action, because tweets are cheap!
  My mother was a fan of “The Apprentice,” and years ago as a joke for Christmas I gave her a Donald Trump doll that said, “You’re fired!”
  Never in my wildest dreams did I  believe Trump would one day become President of the United States.
  I wonder how much that doll is worth now?.....

DIVINE PROVIDENCE

  I enjoyed sitting at the table with Coastal Carolina baseball coach Gary Gilmore at last Thursday’s Farm-City Banquet.
  Coach Gilmore delivered a very inspirational speech, telling the stories of several players and coaches who fought through physical and family adversity along the way to the national title.
  He said his faith grew through all the weekend tournaments,  because he decided to actually read the Bible he carried with him on the road. He spent most of his free time reading.
  In the World Series, he spent much time in prayer and felt God was talking to him. In fact, the day before the final game, the told his players what was going to happen in the Championship game. Everything he said came true.
  After he spoke, a drawing was held for the grand prize, a 55-inch TV donated by Mid-Carolina and Aiken Electric Cooperatives.
  For several years, young Grant Gentry has drawn the numbers for the prizes. The numbers are printed on the back the program.
  Grant drew the number and Gwen Shealy called it out.
  Soon, we all heard from a table in the middle of the room,  “That’s your number, Grant!”
  Grant’s left his program on the table.
  Yep, Grant had drawn his own number.
  It was quite ironic this to happened right after Coach Gilmore talked about his predictions coming true!

PLAY-OFF TIME

  The high school football play-offs begin Friday.
  Saluda will host Landrum, and King Academy will travel to Sumter to play for the 8-man state championship.
  Ironically, King will play the private school Andrew Jackson, and if Saluda wins, there is a possibility the Tigers would play the public school Andrew Jackson next week.
  Ridge Spring-Monetta will play at Dixie.
  Sunday, “The State” newspaper had a story on the play-offs and in the 2A section, the story listed the “teams to watch,” and Saluda, ranked second in the state was not even listed.
  Like everyone around heare, I get upset that Saluda is not considered a local team by “The State.” I thought when Saluda got put into a conference with four Columbia area teams that would change. It didn’t.
  So, I wrote the following email to “The State’s” high school football columnist Lou Bezjak Sunday afternoon.:
  “Why I am writing is not a reflection on your reporting, but “The State” newspaper’s refusal to recognize Saluda High as a local team. Saluda County is an official member of the Columbia Metropolitan Area, so how can you be located in the Columbia Metro Area and not be considered a local team?  Saluda is one of the four counties to surround Lake Murray, but the only one not considered local. How can that be? (Newberry County is not in the Columbia Metro Area, but is considered local.)
   A portion of the “local” city of  Batesburg-Leesville is in Saluda County, as is a portion of the school district containing Batesburg-Leesville High School. Although it has a Batesburg address, “local” private school W.W. King Academy is located in Saluda County, less than five miles from Saluda High.
  Many Saluda County citizens work every day in Columbia. The Town of Saluda is 45 miles from Columbia, and the school district containing Saluda High extends to the Lexington County line which is 28 miles from Columbia.
  Saluda High is the Region 3-2A, which includes Columbia area schools C.A. Johnson, Eau Claire, Keenan and Gray Collegiate, and won the football championship with a 5-0 record, averaging 54 points a game in region play. Running back Malik Brooks was one of two backs in the state of S.C. named to the Shrine Bowl, despite no coverage from “The State.”
  The reason I am writing this today is in your column this morning you named the “teams to watch “ in 2-A and did not even mention the Number 2 ranked team in 2A, Saluda. 
  I have had this discussion with Jim Baxter before and he told me it was the newspaper that did not consider Saluda a local team. Perhaps, that needs to change. Thank you for your coverage of high school football.”