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Suffrage - 05/05/14

    Suffrage.  We all have this right.  Tomorrow is election day and I hope you'll join me in exercising it.
    There are many people, women and men, who weren't fortunate enough to be born in a free country where voting is a right, not a privilege.  Take for example, the United Arab Emirates which still has limited voting for men and women.  Saudi Arabia doesn't let women vote at all, but is promising inclusion in 2015.  Brunei doesn't let men or women vote and Vatican City lets only some men vote, but no women.
     I checked the voting registration numbers for Tennessee.  We have a population of nearly 6.5 million people, yet only half of our citizens are registered to vote.  Granted some of those are kids and aren't eligible yet.  The point is when it comes to voting; we can, so we should.
     In November 2012, the last year for which voting stats are available, only 59% of voters showed up to have their say.
    Our state, Tennessee, actually played a pivotal role in gaining this right for women.  In 1919, Congress submitted the 19th Amendment to the states for ratification.  This would finally give women the right to vote in the U.S.  It was Tennessee that cast the final vote needed to add this amendment to our Constitution.
     Whether, man or woman, those before us fought hard so we'd be able to have our say.  If you need any further motivation to go to the polls tomorrow, read my previous blog: Silly Billy-- for a peek at how some of our legislators spend our money and their time. Here's the link. 
http://fox17.com/blogs/stacy-case-blog/silly-billy--28.shtml?wap=0 
        Surely, we can do better.

 

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- With much of the nation digging out from snowstorms -- you might figure Anchorage, Alaska, must be buried. But folks in Alaska's biggest city are asking where's the snow? As a large swath of the Lower 48 shivers, Anchorage is unseasonably warm. The little snow that has fallen has already melted. Not so in western New York, where Buffalo is being buried. There's so much snow on the ground, the NFL has decided to move the Bills' home game against the Jets. The game had been scheduled for Sunday in the Buffalo area, but will be played Monday night in Detroit. The Lions are at New England Sunday.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- A lucky $1 million Powerball winner could soon turn very unlucky. Virginia Lottery officials say the clock is ticking on a winning ticket sold for the June 21 drawing. The ticket hasn't been turned in yet. It will expire at the close of business on Dec. 18 if the jackpot isn't claimed. Virginia Lottery officials note winning tickets are only good for 180 days after the drawing.

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ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (AP) -- Ruby Holt has seen a lot in her more than 100 years. But one thing she never saw was the ocean -- at least not until this month. Holt got a chance to go to the beach, visiting the Gulf coast in Alabama. The trip was made possible by Brookdale Senior Living Solutions, where Holt lives in Columbia, Tennessee, and the Wish of a Lifetime organization. Holt says she had always heard about how wonderful the ocean is and wanted to see for herself. She got a chance to walk across the white sand with a little help and dip her feet into the cool Gulf waters. Holt turns 101 Dec. 13.

GIANT NUTCRACKER

ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) -- It's nuts! A giant nutcracker will be the centerpiece of the annual holiday festival near Roseburg, Ore. Toby Johnson created the monster cracker using a chain saw. It will stand more than 40 feet tall and the nut-crushing power comes from a motor. Cranes are being used to assemble the nutcracker at the site of the festival, which opens Sunday. Sponsors tell The News-Review they're sending documentation to the Guinness people to earn a world's record for the biggest nutcracker.

 
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