Your Opinion: Observations on timely topics

Dear Editor:

Sherlock Holmes accompanied by his sidekick Dr. Watson, arrived on the scene when appearing in the Our Opinion article a number of weeks ago. What a delight from beginning to end telling the story of these two surveying the qualifications for the local City Council seats. This was quite a cleverly written sounding post for intelligent and knowledgeable citizens who have lived in this town for a number of years and have a good background history of its citizens.

Unfortunately, too many don’t wish to enter the political arena knowing full well what they will face. One thing that surely is not needed are political figures and lobbyists who know how to influence legislators and public officials. The citizens need lay people who will place the needs of the community ahead of personal gains and recognition and step up to the plate to serve in a respectful manner.

Having people elected to the council for a two-year term would be preferable to anyone serving longer. Having them to serve longer would not necessarily mean they meet the qualifications that we most require.

What a good tidbit of information was provided in the Holmes and Watson column. Congratulations to those who composed this up-to-date version of these two detectives.

This was good reading.

This writer almost missed the excellent article on holiday postmarks that would disappear from Christmas envelopes if the mail service as we now receive would disappear from the scene. It is certain that the discontinuance of this holiday observance would disappoint many of those of us who have been so delighted to have used these on our envelopes as well as on our letters. Some of mine were sent to towns bearing a Christmas symbol in their respective name.

I accidentally discovered this section on postmarks in the classified section of our paper. Normally I just toss this part of the paper as I have no interest in it. But I now check to see what interesting information will unfold to hold my interest.

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