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Off the Editor’s Desk – 8-10-2016

What a week it’s been!

What a week it’s been with the presidential campaign. If you are not paying attention to what is going on, you better get on board, or don’t complain next year about who won the election.

 Donald Trump is always putting his foot into his mouth by saying what he thinks, or maybe he doesn’t think before he speaks, but those actions are a welcome agenda to some folks and those are the folks that gave him the nomination.

Now it seems that Hillary Clinton has also caught the same illness with a couple of mis-statements she made last week. During one of her speeches, where she was telling that she would make big corporations pay more taxes and she then said, “we are going to raise the taxes on the middle class.”

Later she was addressing the fact that one of Trump’s industries is making clothing and the factory is located outside of the United States. She held up a tie and noted that it had Trump’s name on it. It was noted by a TV newsperson who pointed out that the suit of clothes Hillary was wearing was made outside of the United States and cost between $3,000 and $5,000.

I just can’t wait for the next three months to unfold to see what other mistakes they both make.

On a more interesting event, did you ever see a bald eagle swim? Sunday morning, while Paula and I were having our morning coffee at our place in Hayward, she said, “Look at that eagle catching a fish.” I quickly went to the window and saw the bald eagle in the water. I then walked to the lakeshore with a pair of binoculars to view the action on the other side of the lake.

But what the eagle had was a full-grown goose in the water. I am assuming that the eagle was a female because of her size. Female eagle are larger than their male counterparts.

She tried to pick up that goose and fly away, but it apparently was too heavy. She then, using her wings as paddles, swam to shore with the goose in tow. She pulled the bird up onto the shore and attempted to fly away with it again, but she could not. The last I saw of her, she was pulling the bird into the brush along the lakeshore.

Dave Brathal of Hudson and I traveled to Hayward Thursday to get in some fishing. We were trying for the big ones (Northerns or Muskies). Thursday evening was a bust, and after a couple of hours on Friday morning, we decided to give it up with Dave saying, “Just one more cast.” He had found frog-like bait in his box that he had not used for a long time. That one more cast, resulted in a 30 inch Northern, which took some time to get into the pontoon with me handling the net. So that gave us something to talk about. Later that evening I talked to several people at the LCO casino who also indicated that fishing was not that great at present. One said that ever since that big rainstorm last month, fishing has suffered.

Thanks for reading! ~Carlton