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October 11, 2013

KELLY: What do you think XIV?

By WILLIAM J. KELLY

June weddings

In the very old days people took their annual bath in May. Thus, the bride-to-be having her May bath smelled very nice. Those getting married set their wedding in June. However, by June the bride-to-be began to have a little body odor, so she carried a bouquet of flowers down the aisle to hide the odor. This happened in the 1500s but to this day all our brides carry a bouquet of flowers down the aisle. I think it also makes the brides look better! What do you think?

Teen voting

I must admit that I bought the idea of teen voting hook, line and sinker. The idea that a man of 18 could be drafted or volunteer to be in the service and fight for his country and not be eligible to vote was an easy sell because it happened in our previous wars, and it was not too long since that my friends and I had served in World War II.

I have since questioned the wisdom of the law permitting 18-year-olds to vote. I now know that voting is a much more serious business than I thought it was in my youth. When we all graduated from high school we had very little or no life experience, we were just ending our years as kept children. If we went on to college, most of us were still being provided for by our good parents. We were about to enter the real world from either high school or college graduation.

Now, with absolutely no life experience, we were expected to vote for politicians – local, state and federal – to govern us. So what happened was we voted the way our parents thought was the best way to vote. If Dad was a Democrat, we voted Democrat. If Dad was a Republican, we voted Republican, not really knowing much about what we were doing at all.

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