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Here’s Johnny! - Election 2018 (and other stuff)

And now for something completely different, as faux news anchor John Cleese used to say on “Monty Python’s Flying Circus.” Usually this portion of page two is chock-full of jokes, jests and the occasional jab.

Not today.

Today, I’m asking for the help of every Dear Reader to help preserve this experiment in democracy we call America. As Benjamin Franklin reportedly said when asked in 1787 whether the fledgling U.S.A. would be a monarchy or a republic, “A republic – if you can keep it.”

More than two centuries later, and perhaps more than ever, it’s still up to us to keep it, and this year, we’re counting on the help of The

Sun readers to help us do so.

On page 18, there’s a preview of the question and answer series planned for political candidates leading up to the May 22 primary (and later, the Nov. 6general election). We’ll ask candidates for local, state and federal office pointed questions about what they believe in, how they’ll vote and how they’ll conduct themselves in office. We’ll send them several questions at least a week ahead of when they’re scheduled to run in The Sun – and to do this as effectively as possible, we need your assistance.

We’d like you to send us questions for the men and women who’ll be asking for our votes and, as much as possible, we’ll use them. Ideally, the queries should, as previously mentioned, focus on their beliefs and issues and grown-up stuff like that.

Of course, with dozens of candidates running for the offices we’ll highlight, we’ll only have enough space to ask each of them a few questions, and their answers will be limited to a strict word count.

Most will respond, but some won’t, and when they don’t, we’ll note it – and we won’t run their picture on the Q & A page.

That’ll teach ‘em.

Please send your proposed questions to john@woodfordsun.com, mail them to me at 184 S. Main Street, Versailles, 40383 or drop them off at the same address.

In a semi-related development, you should know that I decided against running for constable.

I did so partly because even with a hands-off approach, such a hobby would create all kinds of opportunities for conflicts of interest, and partly because the filing fee was $50. Anyway, questions about the reign of terror I’d planned to unleash in Woodford County come next year aren’t necessary.

Come to think of it, though, I think I’m going to need a few extra laughs over the next few months, so send ‘em on anyway.

Thanks in advance, y’all.

A super Super Bowl

Despite the fact that your favorite Navy vet’s favorite team didn’t play in their home stadium Sunday night, I’d have to call what happened in Minneapolis that evening pretty darned amazing.

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles began the season as a back-up, then had a rough three-game stretch at the end of the regular season, then became the first Super Bowl QB to throw and catch a touchdown pass. Foles was the prime reason the Eagles were underdogs going against that perennial Super Bowl team from New England, though he had looked like the second coming of Joe Montana two weeks before against my team.

Frankly, I didn’t know which team to root for, and as I hadn’t made any friendly or other wagers in the game, I really didn’t care. Like most folks outside New England and Philly, I just wanted to see a good game.

That it was, aside from the fact that both defenses seemed missing in action most of the game. The ageless Dimpled One threw for more than a quarter-mile of yards, despite tossing more than a few wounded ducks along the way. He even went out for a pass pattern of his own, barely missing a strike that might have led to a very slow run to the end zone. Brady’s Bunch fell short, but not their leader.

As for Foles, I’m waiting to see whether he admits to enlisting supernatural help to emulate the skills of Montana, Staubach, Bradshaw, Unitas, Starr, Graham, Baugh, Luckman and Tarzan.

While that investigation is underway, we can thank him, Brady and the other guys on offense for a game that lived up to its title.

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