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that if a majority of registered voters for either party actually showed up at the polls, they would be unstoppable. To put it another way, in 2012, 54 percent of registered voters voted in the presidential race.

President Obama received 51.9 percent of those votes, meaning that about 26 percent of the eligible voters in the U. S. selected the winner of the election. If just a few thousand voters in just Ohio ( 64 percent turnout), Pennsylvania ( 58) and Florida ( 62) had showed up for the GOP, Romney would have won. And of course, in 2000, if 600 more Florida Democrats had showed up at the polls, Al Gore would have been President. So, the truth is, voter turnout makes a huge difference. But to address this specific race, since you asked, history ( that is, the last five presidential elections) suggests that there are truly 130 electoral votes “ up for grabs” in 2016. If those numbers ( based on a party winning at least the last five presidential races in that state), then Hillary Clinton would need 63 of those “ swing states” to win the election, while Trump would need 79. If Clinton wins Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania, that would secure the 270 votes needed to win. If Trump were to sweep those three states, he would still need to pick up 12 more electoral votes. We’re less than six months away from the election, so we’ll see how it shakes out soon enough]

*** Just to respond to mr. Gordon Floyd’s article about switching to malithion. I’ve been a resident of Marion for 15 yr’s & I’m also a commercial chemist. I just have to wonder if he researched malithion? This is a DEADLY chemical. When I say that I mean children and pets. Somebody at the city needs to do their research before they drive down city streets spraying this stuff. I KNOW WHAT I’M TALKING ABOUT! Just saying people keep your kids and pets inside! [ Editor’s Note: The Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry, a division of the Centers for Disease Control, has a lengthy rundown of Malithion on its Toxic Substances Portal. I won’t try to cover it all here, but the link i s http:// www. atsdr. cdc. gov/ PHS / PHS. asp? id= 520& tid= 92. I will say this, though: Every single chemical that we use for pest control is deadly in a high enough dose. I feel pretty confident that the powers that be will not be using Malithion or anything else in a high enough concentration to harm anyone on two or four legs. Malathion is a pesticide that is widely used to kill insects on agricultural crops, on stored products, on golf courses, in home gardens, and in outdoor sites where trees and shrubs are grown at home. It is also used to kill mosquitoes and fruit flies in large outdoor areas as well as fleas on pets and head lice on humans via direct contact with the skin. Again, according to CDC data, from 2011 to 2014, a total of 49 suspected Malathion- related illnesses were reported nationwide, and of 29 of those were from a single event at a softball game in which workers operating a mosquito- control truck inadvertently directly sprayed 29 people with Fyfanon ULV, a pesticide that contains malathion ( and other chemicals). All 29 were treated at the emergency department and released. I don’t doubt your knowledge of chemistry, but I feel like we’re going to be OK. I still say you can’t “ control” mosquitoes any more than you can control the weather]

*** As of Tuesday, there was nothing else in the paper about the accident by the police cruiser that occurred on Friday. Anyone that lives in this area should know how dangerous that intersection is, especially a policeman. Even if he had his lights flashing and siren blaring (witnesses say he had neither on), he still should not have attempted that at that rate of speed (fast enough to kill the lady, which the witnesses say that she was dead on the scene). Maybe it will be in the paper before this text appears. [ Editor’s Note: I won’t debate you on the dangers of that intersection ( the red lights east and west of the I- 55 overpass in Marion) but you might want to get better “ witnesses”]

*** To Ms. Conway… I am sorry… I wished I had a business I would hire you… Will remember you in my prayers… get other to ban together…

[ Editor’s Note: It’s a doubleended sword, really, when it comes to convicted felons reentering the work force. No one wants to be a drag on society, but there is a stigma associated with being a felon that can often ( and often justifiably) give employers pause when hiring someone who has been convicted of a crime. I wish I had a solution to offer, but I don’t. There are resources, such as helpforfelons. org, that have resources that could point someone try-ing to re- establish themselves in society can turn to, but I don’t have any data that reflects their effectiveness]

*** Mark Randall referred to Tomika Conway as an ‘excon’ in the article describing her problem finding a job with a felony conviction on her record. She was given 5 years probation and fined but never served time behind bars, so Ms. Conway is not an ex-con. He stated “… only 12.5 percent of employers say they’d hire someone with a criminal record. With that attitude from employers, ex-cons like Conway have a difficult time making a smooth transition back into every day life.” His article was well written to that point. I think he owes Ms. Conway an apology. [ Editor’s Note: The term “ ex- con” is an abbreviation of “ ex- convict,” as in “ formerly convicted.” Whether prison is involved is irrelevant. There’s really no other widely used term that I can think of. It’s not offensive, at least not outside of the fact that no one wants to be called something negative. Our hope by choosing to run the story is that employers might be a lit-tle more open to giving those in need a second chance at being a success following a run- in with the legal system]

If every thinking right-wing republican in the country voted for Trump, that still wouldn’t be enough, he would still need a majority to win. What say you, Mr. Editor?

[ Well, considering that voter turnout hasn’t cracked 60 percent


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